Saturday, March 21, 2020

Feeling Stress? Keeping Calm in a Difficult Time

Thich Nhat Hanh Collective
It's not always easy to wrap our heads around the whiplash of the last week (there were sports; stores everywhere were open; only toilet paper and hand sanitizer supplies were sold out; schools were in session) to where we are today.

Change at this pace is stressful, impactful, and often surreal. Top that off with the reason all this has changed - a very real pandemic spreading throughout not just our communities but the world. That worry is compounded by concern for our loved ones, our community and ourselves.

It's alot.

So today we share some calming resources for our kids and ourselves.

Resources for Supporting Children's Emotional Well-being during COVID-19 Pandemic from Child Trends 3/19/30

Fact Sheet -  Talking with Children: Tips for Caregivers, Parents and Teachers During Infectious Disease Outbreaks from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration 3/20

Talking to Teens and Tweens about the Coronavirus. NYTimes 3/2/20

Ways to turn negatives into positives - Psychologist Offers Mental Health Advice amid COVID-19 Outbreak. Channel 3000 3/16/20

Fact Sheet - Coping with Stress During Infectious Outbreaks. from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration 3/20

While we are apart, many groups are coming together simultaneously to pray, be mindful, meditate and send out good karma into the the world. Here are just two examples:
  • Virtual Dance for Healing MPRnews 3/17/20 We were not only dancing for our healing, but also to guide our scientists and physicians, into finding a cure, or help for the people. So this wasn’t just for us, it’s for everybody,” explained Manidooniibikwe, or Barb Rodaks, a member of the Fond du Lac Ojibwe band who danced with Northrup."
  • Virtual Meditation -  People who practice Transcendental Meditation are virtually joining together by doing their daily meditations simultaneously at 6:00 or 7:30 am CST and 5:00 or 6:00 pm CST to create a wave of inner and outer calm for the whole country.
Let's take a deep breath, stay calm, and carry on. We will get through this.

What other resources have you find helpful? Please share in comments.

Links to YSS COVID-19 series:
Online Storytimes
SLP & Programming Resources
Re-Opening and Safety Issues
We’re Re-opening – Coping with Reluctant Patrons and Programming 6/1/20
Permissions (Books, Authors and Music)
      Music Permissions? Look No Further  3/27/20; updated 3/31/20
Professional Development
Kids Resources
WI Online Program Data
Friday FAQs with Tessa Michaelson Schmidt
4/10/20 recording       4/17/20 recording          4/24/20 recording        5/1/20 recording               5/8/20 recording
Taking Care of You 

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