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Coping with COVID-19 Stress
Posted 11/24/20

Stress Reduction and Management for Middle School Students 

 

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many challenges to families, especially for students as they learn remotely. Learning to cope with the changes to the way we live our daily lives can help strengthen our resiliency during these challenges. There are multiple ways to manage the stress that occurs as a result of a major event. Parents/guardians can play an important role in promoting stress reduction and helping their child be as successful as possible, both academically and in the home. Some ideas for students to help reduce and manage stress in their lives includes: increasing physical activity levels/exercise to at least 60 minutes/day, getting fresh air daily, eating a balanced diet, getting adequate sleep, either continuing or beginning a new hobby that is enjoyable, journaling thoughts in a diary/journal, listening to relaxing music, making sure to have a trusted friend to confide in (even virtually through calls, text, and Google Meets), and decreasing screen time. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, now is an ideal time to write out a list of everything that you have to give thanks for. There is a light at the end of this tunnel; one day, in the near future, there will be an effective vaccine, and some sense of normalcy will return. Parents/guardians should stay alert and aware of any noticeable changes to their student’s mood and behavior. Don’t hesitate to reach out to the school nurse or counselor for guidance if you are feeling concerned about your child’s mental health. There are also local numbers to call if you or a loved one are experiencing a mental health crisis. Reasons to call might include an individual expressing feeling of hopelessness, becoming increasingly withdrawn, increased agitation or anxiety. The NM Crisis Line telephone number is 1-855-662-7474, or you can download their NM Connect app on your phone. Listed below are some more links with suggestions to help your student cope. 

 

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