It is important that you find time to take care of yourself during these challenging times. That may seem difficult, but it can even be taking the time to go for a walk alone, call or FaceTime a friend or relative, have a cup of coffee or tea, read a book, magazine, or newspaper, or even take a relaxing shower or bath. Your children look to you for comfort, support, and guidance. Having you at your best will help them feel calm and safe.
DEEP BREATHING OR YOGA
Just closing your eyes and taking a few deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth can help you calm in a moment of stress or anxiety. Yoga is another wonderful way to calm your body and mind. It can be done alone or with family. YouTube offers short and easy techniques to follow.
It is easy to get caught up in a negative mindset by simply watching the news or going on social media. So, if you need to, take a break from news and media outlets. Limit your intake of the news and media daily if it is contributing to increased feelings of worry, stress, or anxiety. Instead, take moments throughout the day to remind yourself of the good in your life and the things that make you happy and you are thankful for.
DON'T BE AFRAID TO ASK FOR HELP
Sometimes things just feel too difficult for us to handle alone. Reach out to a trusted friend or family member for support. Talk about what you are thinking and feeling. As many of us are spending most of our time at home, it can feel lonely. If you are continuing to struggle, reach out for help from a mental health professional. Many are offering their services and supports over the telephone and video chat.