With schools being closed because of the Coronavirus pandemic, many parents are looking for resources to foster learning while their children at home. Below is a list of science-based programs and curriculums that children and youth can do to learn more about addiction and the dangers of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
such as these, it is easy to feel overwhelmed, anxious, and confused. As the
Covid-19 pandemic continues, it is especially important that individuals and
families look for ways to stay mentally and physically healthy, reduce stress,
and stay connected.
So, how does
care of yourself physically. We have all heard the list of to-do’s by now:
your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
close contact with others by keeping a distance of 6 feet
away from others if you are sick
home as much as possible
The CDC also
recommends that you take a break from reading and hearing about the pandemic to
decrease feelings of being overwhelmed.
off the TV or computer
up and stretch
outside and get some fresh air
healthy food choices to keep up your strength and to boost your immune system
plenty of sleep
alcohol and other drugs
Take care of
your mental health. This one can be challenging since folks are being
encouraged to stay home. Many people are finding that their social connections are
harder to maintain. Because staying connected is important to both mental and
physical health, it is important to connect with others even if you are not
mobile. Call, text, or write a friend and connect to loved ones through social
media-remember they are probably feeling as unsettled as you are. Check your
faith community’s website for inspiration and encouragement. Plan ways for
those in your household to emotionally connect during quarantine such as
playing card or board games, watching a favorite movie, or going for a nature
walk in your own backyard!
If you are
working from home, try to stick to your daily routine. Get up at your usual
time, dress, eat breakfast, and make your bed. Connect with co-workers by email
or text to maintain a sense of work connection and bonding.
in recovery, it is especially important to stay connected to your systems of
support. Cornerstone’s Facebook and website (www.facebook.com/cornerstonegema or www.cornerstonecares.org) both have information about on-line resources and
meetings that are available. Stay in touch by phone or video chat with your
sponsor, small groups, and supportive family members. Stay focused on your
recovery plan by staying proactive. Avoid temptations by posting your recovery
goals where you see them daily, connect with on-line meetings, keep a journal,
or do any of the things that help move you toward your most joyful and
not least, get creative! While quarantining at home is probably not anyone’s
first choice, use this time to nurture yourself and your household with
meditation or relaxation activities. Learn new skills like gardening, sewing,
or baking. Watch instructional videos or make your own and share with others. Ask
your family members to vote on a book to read out loud after dinner each
evening. If you are still looking for things to do, put on some music and have
a dance contest in your living room.
Most of all, keep in mind that we are all in this together. Do not hesitate to reach out for support if you need it or to offer support to someone else.