READ: How You and Your Kids Can De-Stress During Coronavirus If you are feeling stress about the COVID-19 pandemic, your brain isn’t misfiring. Stress is a normal, healthy biological response to perceived threats and challenges. Check out these tips and tools to help your family release stress and anxiety.
How Stressful Life Events Affect a Child's Behavior Being out of school, not being in daycare, or having both parents home during the day are all ways some kids' routines might be disrupted right now. These changes can be stressful for them. Here's why it may impact their behavior. Read more.
Self Care for Parents Stress causes wear and tear on a person, inside and out. When you take time for self-care, you are better able to care for your child—and even a few minutes of “you time” can help you recharge so that you can parent at your best. Remember, you are doing a great job by doing the best you can. Keep these tips in mind when you’re feeling overwhelmed.
Going Outside Will Keep Us Happier During This Time of Social Distancing Social distancing is important right now, but it can leave many feeling lonely, anxious, and depressed. Learn more.
Soothing & Comforting During tough times and stressful situations, it can feel as if our worlds have been turned upside down. Your children look to you for guidance and comfort—so this is a great chance to show them that, even in times of unease, your family is in this together no matter what. And don’t forget self-care: being kind, patient, and understanding to yourself in uncertain times helps create a calmer family environment and builds children’s sense of security. We hope these tips remind you that you are strong and that you can help your children and your family through these complicated times.
Caring for Each Other Your friends on Sesame Street are here to support you and your family during the COVID-19 health crisis. We understand that these are very stressful times; our daily lives have been disrupted, and we are all coping with uncertainty. As we create a new sense of normalcy, it's important that we take care of ourselves, so that we can best care for our children. Click here to get resources and a virtual hug from Elmo!
How to be together, while staying home Consider the gift of cultivating presence with yourself this week through these 3 tips and practices.
Recognize your emotions: Each of us reacts to and processes stress differently. If you find yourself in your head a lot more lately, as most of us do, try to recognize what you’re feeling underneath the internal chatter. You can explore this resilience-building practice to be with all your emotions, however uncertain life might feel.
Come back to your center: As the past week has shown us, very few things are constant in this world. Spending time in nature can help us to rebalance, and give us a break from needing to think or do. Listen to the outdoors calling to you, and try out this one-minute nature meditation—even if it’s just from your front porch or open window.
Give your body a break: If we’re in fight-or-flight mode, even if we’re not aware of it, we can hold a lot of tension in our bodies. By focusing on the sensations in our bodies, we are pulled out of our heads and back to the present. Check out this soothing body scan to get in tune with your physical self.
MINDFULNESS for Parents A resource guide for helping parents be mindful with their infants and toddlers as a way to reduce stress from Zero to Three
For example, JustBreathe is a small, simple graphic to help you sync your breathing. Watch and follow with your inhales and exhales at yp4h.osu.edu/justbreathe
Mindfulness Resources from Ohio State University Extension
Mindful Eating Recognizing that emotional eating and mindless eating might be prevalent at this time of high stress, these informative links address our mind and body health and the relationship with food and eating.
Headspace App There are a lot of unknowns in the world right now. But one thing is certain — Headspace is here for you. To help support you through this time of crisis, we’re offering some meditations you can listen to anytime. These are part of a larger collection in the Headspace app — free for everyone — called Weathering the storm. It includes meditations, sleep, and movement exercises to help you out, however you’re feeling. It’s our small way of helping you find some space and kindness for yourself and those around you.
Stop, Breathe & Think There’s a new category within our app, called Calm Coronavirus Anxiety, to help you feel more safe, centered and connected. We’ve carefully curated a selection of our premium tracks—now free for the next 60 days—to support you during this time.
Ten Percent Happier Coronavirus Sanity Guide As the coronavirus spreads globally, we are building a raft of new mindfulness content designed to help people cope with the rising stress and anxiety. ALL of this content will be free. For friends who may not have the app, we’ve created an easily shareable Coronavirus Sanity webpage. It is completely free to access.
Ten Percent Happier: Coronavirus Guided Meditations and Talks We've been working with our teachers to create a pack of relevant guided meditations in our app for free. This includes several bespoke meditations that directly speak to the current challenge, alongside others curated from our existing library.
Ten Percent Happier: Access for Healthcare Workers Healthcare workers and others who are actively caring for people suffering from this pandemic are doing incredible work. We’d like to support their resiliency in any way we can. So we are offering free six-month subscriptions to the Ten Percent Happier app, no strings attached, to all healthcare workers and volunteers. It is our sincere hope that the proven tools and techniques we teach can help support them in this trying time. Healthcare workers can simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be sent instructions on how to get access. Please share this access with any healthcare workers or organizations that might benefit.
Free Mindfulness Resources to Find Calm and Nourish Resilience During the COVID Outbreak Whether you're looking for live guided meditations connecting you to others, a quick practice to help you find your ground, or a free course on how to meditate, here’s how the Mindful community is coming together to serve in the days and weeks ahead.
Mindful@Home — Live Meditations from Mindful.org Join us every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 3 pm ET for connection and community through live guided meditations from today's mindful leaders. See it here.
Working from Home
9 Ways Your Kids Can Help You Work From Home Many parents are working from home right now, alongside their kids. Focusing, staying on task, and being productive can be tricky. Here are nine ways you can enlist your kids to help you so you can keep them busy while you work from. Read more.
8 Tips To Make Working From Home Work For You Here are some pro-tips for working remotely, possibly for an extended period of time.
The 7 Best Office Music Playlists for Productivity This article is for inspiration only—use it to see if there's a different type of music that you haven't tried before that will get you into flow state or if you've just been listening to the same playlist for the last week and need a break. Use it as inspiration to find the best playlist for your at home office.
Kids At Home But You're Trying To Get Work Done? Meet your child's developmentally appropriate needs for connection before you ask them to play independently. Stock up on interesting activities. Be realistic about how much supervision they need. And have a backup plan to handle emergency bathroom calls before you go into your zoom meeting.
How To Stick To Your Routine Amidst Stress "Habits and routines are so easily throw out the window in times of stress.” Read here how to stick to your routine here.