How do I cope with my Anxiety about Distance Learning and School?
- Practice gratefulness. Training your brain to look for the positive (and teaching your kids to look for the positive) has many benefits. People who regularly practice gratitudeby taking time to notice and reflect upon the things they're thankful for experience more positive emotions, feel more alive, sleep better, express more compassion and kindness, and even have stronger immune systems.
- Practice mindfulness.Mindfulness practices can help us to increase our ability to regulate emotions, decrease stress, anxiety, and depression. It can also help us to focus our attention, as well as to observe our thoughts and feelings without judgment.
- Have a schedule. Routine and predictability are important to us all. They help us "feel safe" because we know what is coming next.
- Get enough sleep. Sleep is everything. It helps your brain rest and recharge so you can face the challenges of the day. Turn your cellphone off at night. That notification can wait until the next morning!
- Exercise! Getting up and moving really helps clear your mind and get rid of the extra energy you may be devoting to unhealthy thoughts and feelings.
- Find healthy food. Junk food sounds good at the moment but it will leave you feeling more tired and unable to think clearly.
- Have FUN!! You have heard it before, laughter is the best medicine. Find fun things to do as a family, look for the opportunities to giggle!