Friday, March 27, 2020

Human Connections in a Time of Pandemic

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There has been alot of hard work going on over the past few weeks. I'm thinking especially of hard emotional work we are doing.  So today, I want to share a selection of resources that speak especially to our own needs - as a person; as a spouse or partner; as a parent; as people with parents, grandparents and other family members we care for and care about as a friend. It's important we value ourselves in the midst of so much confusion.

The Discomfort You're Feeling is Grief - David Kessler. Harvard Business Review
I thank Leah Langby of IFLS for this link and encourage you to read her blog post, Naming and Finding Meaning in Our Grief, reflecting on Kessler's article.

Also from the IFLS blog Keeping Up with Kids is a post by Leah: Managing Anxiety Positively with some thoughful tips and a great link from Ryan Dowd on generosity.

Richard Davidson a neuroscientist and Director of the Center for Healthy Minds at UW-Madison "explores how appreciation, compassion and the realization of interconnectedness can help us weather the global pandemic" in COVID-19  and Our Common Humanity

Now that so many schools are closed, families are spending more time with their kids at home. In this blog post, Traditional Indigenous Kinship Practices at Home: Being Child-Centered During the Pandemic, Andrea Landry speaks deeply about the importance of kinship and the ways that being with our children calls to long and vital tradition. As an Anisinaabe woman who works closely with other indigenous people, her thoughtful approach can help us re-appreciate the gift of children in our lives.

Finally, poetry reading, concerts, live music, yoga sessions are streaming everywhere. Take some moments to connect virtually to things that feed your soul!

There are additional resources and readings in this recent YSS blog post about coping with stress

Links to YSS COVID-19 series:
Online Storytimes
SLP & Programming Resources
Re-Opening and Safety Issues
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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