We hear you…
It’s been a long year

Dealing with remote school, canceled activities, social distancing, not hanging out with friends and other important people in your life…not to mention being at home ALL OF THE TIME; it’s been hard!

With all these changes, it’s totally okay if you feel frustrated, stressed, scared, anxious, isolated, sad and/or angry. Allow yourself to feel these emotions.

So, what can you do to get through this strange time?

Stay connected

Socialize (socially distant) with friends and family. Even if you can’t see them in person, video chats, calls, social media and texts are good alternatives.

Daily routine

Following a regular schedule can help you feel more control.

Help
others

Volunteering to help others is a win-win. It can be anything from making cards for shut-in neighbors to packing groceries at the food pantry.

Be
active

Physical activity can help you feel better!

…even a simple walk. 

Breathe & Relax

Practice calming techniques like breathing exercises, or writing things down in a daily journal. . Other relaxing ideas include: listening to music, reading or creating art.

Try new things

So, maybe your favorite activities aren’t happening right now, so maybe this is a good  time to try something new or get back to something that you used to enjoy.

Coping with Pandemic Anxiety:

Anxiety sucks, and the pandemic doesn’t help it. A good way to cope is to pass the time doing activities you enjoy. So we have included some activities below to keep your mind occupied.

Do nothing for 3 minutes:

Beats to relax/study to: 

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Draw some cool art.

Create cool art

This is Sand

Play with some virtual sand.

Play with sand

 

Harmony

Draw some sketches with pencil tools. 

Draw some sketches

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Quick Coping Tips for Pandemic Related Stress

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5 Steps Toward Grounding Yourself

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Coping with Vaccine Anxiety

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“I love my family and all, but I need some space…”

Okay, so you’ve had more time at home with your family than you ever thought was possible. Here’s the thing…your parents/caregivers, siblings have all been trying to adjust to life during the pandemic too. You’re not alone. Everyone is home all the time…working, going to school, eating, sleeping, watching tv, all in the SAME place.

Communication really can help…

  • Talk to the adults who are in your life every day, about everyday things can help build your relationship with them so when the harder stuff comes up, it can be a little easier to talk them.
  • When you have something that you think is going to be hard to talk about, give it some thought before you talk
    • Know what you want from the conversation
    • Try to identify your feelings so you have words for them
    • Pick a good time to talk

Click here to learn more tips for communicating with parents from TeensHealth.

Need to talk?
Need someone to listen?
You are not alone.
There is always help.

Call: 1-844-863-9314

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7 days a week from 8 am-10 pm
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If you need a 24-hour Crisis Text Line:
Text GOT5 to 741741 to connect with a crisis counselor 24/7

 

We understand…it’s been a year with a lot of change.

It seems like every day things change. Some days you’re in school, some days you’re not. Activities and sports aren’t like they used to be, and cancellations have become a daily part of life. It’s hard to know what’s going to happen from one day to the next. With all these changes, you may feel frustrated, stressed, scared, anxious, isolated, sad or angry.

Understanding what’s in your control and knowing a few problem-solving skills can help you handle these changes with a little less stress…

Group of teenagers wearing protective masksFocus on what you can control

We can try to control our reactions to what’s happening, including our words, actions, and behaviors. For example, you can’t control that your school decided to only offer remote classes, but you can control how you react to that decision… you can decide what going to school remotely is going to look like for you so that you can make the best of it. Where are you comfortable being “in” class? Do you have fidget toy to play with while you’re sitting through long lectures? Do you get up and walk around when you have a break, maybe visit your pet?

Problem solve 

Let’s say you’re really stressed about learning online. Here’s four steps that can help you work through a problem like that.

1.) Define the problem: Put your concerns into words – write it down if it helps. Maybe one of those is that you have trouble staying focused because your family is also home doing their stuff and it’s loud all day… making it hard for you to concentrate and participate.

2.) Generate alternatives:
Can you talk to everyone at home and and help them to understand how hard this is for you? Could you see if you could get headphones to help block out the noise?  Is there somewhere else you can comfortably be in class or do your homework?

3.) Evaluate and select alternatives:
What realistically works for you? Are headphones going to take care of it?  Is it possible to do your homework in another space?

4.) Implement solutions:
Put your solutions to work for you. If you decide to move your school workspace, think about what would make that space work and make sure that you take the time to set it up so it’s comfortable and a place where you can be productive.

Problem solving and focusing on what you can control will help with all of the changes you’ve had to make – and those that are yet to come.  Not every problem has an easy or obvious answer and some things just aren’t within your control.  Understanding both of those things can help you be less hard on yourself and less stressed as you work to figure things out during COVID.

Need to talk?
Need someone to listen?
You are not alone.
There is always help.

Call: 1-844-863-9314

CONFIDENTIAL | ANONYMOUS | FREE
7 days a week from 8 am-10 pm
Trained NY Project Hope Crisis Counselors

If you need a 24-hour Crisis Text Line:
Text GOT5 to 741741 to connect with a crisis counselor 24/7

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