By Dr. Rosalynd Brackens

Now more than ever, it’s important for you and your children to be as emotionally strong as possible. We understand you may feel more anxious because of these uncertain times.

We hope you take the time to establish or continue self-care practices that reflect who you are! From playing outside and FaceTiming friends to learning new recipes ― there are many ways to “regain normalcy” an during this time.

Here are some of our mental health wellness tips:

  1. Stick to a routine. Maintain your regular sleep schedule, meal times and include time for the things you enjoy!
  2. Dress for the social life you want. It’s amazing how an outfit can impact your mood! It’s really all about the simple things ― showering, washing your face, brushing your teeth and wearing your favorite clothes. Find little ways to pamper yourself, too.
  3. Stop and smell the roses. Get outside to enjoy the fresh air at least once a day for 30 minutes, following social distancing practices. Even just opening windows helps lift your spirits!
  4. Get up and move. Find some time to move daily for at least 30 minutes. If the weather is bad, find fun movement classes on YouTube or turn on music and have a dance party!
  5. Reach out. Try to FaceTime, Skype, call or text friends and family to provide support or simply connect during this time. Set up virtual playdates with friends ― your kids miss their friends, too!
  6. Stay hydrated and eat well. This tip may seem obvious, but it’s easy to overindulge, forget to eat or avoid food during this time. Drink plenty of water, eat nutritious foods and challenge yourself to try new recipes!
  7. Develop a self-care toolkit. A lot of successful self-care strategies involve a sensory component. From soft blankets, soothing music, coloring books, bubbles or mint gum ― choose what helps regulate your family’s anxiety! Pro tip: Help your kids create a self-regulation comfort box (a shoebox they can decorate) that they can have ready when they need a pick-me-up!
  8. Feel like a kid again. Take time to play together. Play is cathartic and helpful for children. Play helps children process their world and problem solve.

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