Dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic can be stressful for many reasons. Here are some resources to help you and your family:
- CDC recommendations for coping with stress
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration online guide Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health During an Infectious Disease Outbreak
- The National Child Traumatic Stress Network Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with the Coronavirus Disease 2019 and Guía De Aryuda Para Padres Y Cuidadores Para Ayudar A Las Familias A Enfrentar La Enfermedad Coronavirus 2019
- American Psychological Association insights into maintaining social connection during social isolation
- The National Latinx Psychological Association pamphlets for building strength and resilience available in both English and Spanish
Feeling really distressed or overwhelmed?
Here are 10 things you can try to help you calm down
Adapted from Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Training
- Read a favorite book
- Write in a journal.
- Do some physical activity – push-ups, jumping jacks, a walk or a run, or stretching.
- Hold or chew ice until it melts.
- Suck on a lemon, Sour Patch Kids, Red Hots (spicy candies), mints with cold water, or another food with an extreme taste.
- Take a hot or cold shower.
- Put a cold washcloth on your forehead.
- Light candles or put on nice-smelling lotion.
- Listen to your favorite music.
- Pet your dog or cat.