Coping with COVID-19
Our counseling staff has gathered resources to help students and families minimize concerns and to offer guidance on managing and coping with stress related to COVID-19.
It is important to take care of not only your physical health but also your emotional well-being during our current national emergency. Follow these tips for taking care of your whole self:
- Practice good hygiene to minimize germs: wash hands frequently and thoroughly, eat nutritious meals, get plenty of sleep, exercise, use social distancing and engage in relaxation/meditation.
- Stay tuned with your psychological health and reach out for help when necessary.
- Contact a counselor, clergy member, doctor, social worker. In crisis, call 911 or the Crisis Center of North Texas (800) 273-8255.
- Stay connected to loved ones. Use technology to communicate if you are unable to meet in person. Share your concerns and gratitudes.
- Take note of how your loved ones are feeling and acting. Support them by letting them know you care and connecting them to resources.
- Avoid excessive media coverage, but stay informed by reliable resources.
Family resources for coping with COVID-19
Our counseling staff has compiled many resources for parents and students, including how to talk to your children, look for signs of distress and ways to cope with COVID-19.
5 Ways to Help Teens Manage Anxiety About the Coronavirus
Anxiety and world news
APS article re coronavirus
Coronavirus anxiety: 4 ways to cope with fear
Managing anxiety age by age
Talking about world trauma with kids
Talking to kids about the coronavirus
Supporting students experiencing childhood trauma: tips for parents and educators
Mindfulness for kids
Coping strategies for families
See this video for tips to help your family thrive during COVID-19.