You are probably stressed about a lot of things:
- Will I get sick? If I do, who will take care of my kids?
- What if my kids get sick or one of my family members?
- I’m out of work. How will I pay for my bills?
- How long will this last? Will things get worse?
The list, I’m sure, goes on and on. So what can you do to manage your feelings, anxiety, and fear?
- If your fear and anxiety feel unmanageable, please contact your family doctor or click on this link for Milwaukee Resources and seek help/support.
- Be cautious with Social Media. Sometimes spending too much time on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc., feeds into the fear. You may be exposed to false information about the virus or events. Put yourself on a strict Social Media diet.
- Find time to exercise. Take a walk, do yoga, ride a bike, etc.
- Drink water. Limit or avoid alcohol.
- Eat healthily. Food is fuel for the brain.
- Write out your fears and talk about them with others. Get advice from family and friends.
- I like to watch positive videos that talk about fear. Pema Chödrön – Fear and Fearlessness is a great video.
- If you have a religion or faith, reflect on words of hope and promise. Here are some verses from the Bible.
- Understand that you are not alone.
“Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.” – Maya Angelou
Talk with your child and have developmentally-appropriate conversations about what they’re thinking and feeling. Look for changes in your child’s behavior. If you are concerned about any changes or behaviors, contact your family doctor.
I’ll post some resources as I come across them.