Coronavirus Coping Skills and Resources
We will continue to update this page with the latest resources on coping with the coronavirus and how best to support your children during this time over the coming days and weeks.
Starting Monday March 16 we will be offering a Coronavirus Coping Skills and Parent Support Line from 12-2pm on weekdays.
We know that many of you are anxious about the the coronavirus. This is understandable and can even be useful in motivating us to take appropriate precautions. However, none of us can plan or prepare effectively if our emotions are in charge. Here are 5 skills you can use to improve your emotional preparedness:
Stop! Hit the Pause button. You may have the urge to immediately react, but you need to give yourself a moment to assess the situation and respond appropriately.
Breathe! Don’t underestimate the power of breathing. Using Paced Breathing can be a powerful way to quickly calm down our central nervous system and help us to think more clearly. Slowly breathe in through the nose counting to 4 and exhale through your mouth counting to 6. Repeat. Repeat again.
Check the Facts using reliable news sources and government sites.
Label how you're feeling. This simple skill can reduce the intensity of your emotions and free you to make better decisions.
Stop checking and re-checking and turn off the TV... Repetition of the same information and exposure to the alarming bells and whistles of media coverage fuels anxiety.
Remember that anxiety is contagious and not always grounded in reality. Your sense of calm and order will have a positive effect on others around you, both adults and children.