The COVID-19 pandemic has created a significant amount of stress and distress to adults, kids, and families. While there are a lot of uncertainties surrounding our current situations and the future of our lives, there are some things we can monitor to help ourselves and our loved ones cope. The Bounce Coalition is committed to helping individuals and families bounce back from adversity, such as that caused by the pandemic.
For ALL of us:
We are all dealing with the pandemic in different ways. Regardless of your current circumstances, its important to consider the following things to ensure you are taking care of yourself during these stressful times:
Establishing and sticking to a routine can help you and your family feel a sense of normalcy in day-to-day activities.
Exercise regularly as physical activity can help you feel better, function better, and sleep better.
Getting plenty of sleep can improve both your physical and mental health and can help you be prepared to cope with daily stressors.
Connect with others in any way you can safely do so. Remember, social distancing does not mean social isolation.
For Parents and Caregivers:
Parenting through a pandemic is no easy task! In addition to the typical stresses that have developed as a result of the pandemic, parents have also had to juggle new titles that go beyond parenting – child daycare provider, teacher, coach, and many more. Our partners at the Face It Movement have tips to help reduce stress, manage the chaos at home, and have fun with your family.
For Professional Helpers:
These are difficult times for all of us, but perhaps even more difficult for those that are tasked with helping others through the pandemic. Healthcare workers, mental health practitioners, social workers, and many others in the helping profession are not only dealing with their own stressors that are related to the pandemic – but also may be carrying the load of those they are helping. As professional helpers it is also important to remember to care yourself as you care for others:
Take care of your physical health – including eating a well-balanced diet, exercising, and getting plenty of sleep.
Practicing mindfulness and meditation can help reduce the physical stress response your body may be experiencing in times of stress.
Be on the lookout for symptoms of compassion fatigue, burnout, and vicarious trauma.
Seek professional help yourself when you need extra support.