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Coping Techniques to Beat COVID-19

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As our days seem to be filled with the unknown, the anxiety we feel seems to be increasing. COVID-19 has affected everyone in some capacity. As a LifeSkills Training facilitator, I have had to apply the skills that I teach my students to myself and my family. One thing that I have decided to use is my logic side of the brain and not my anxiety side. My logic side sent me right to the LST techniques that I use with my students. I have listed a few techniques to help manage anxiety.

Deep Breathing - breathe in deeply into your abdomen for a count of 4, hold for a count of 4, and breathe out for a count of 4 (repeat 4 to 5 times).

Progressive Muscle Relaxation- sit quietly in a comfortable position with your back straight, close your eyes, slowly relax all your muscles beginning with your toes all the way up to your head, imagine yourself in a peaceful place and then bring yourself back to the present.

Positive Thinking- think “STOP” to yourself and replace with positive thoughts. Examine your thoughts to see if they are based on fear or belief.  

An old saying, but one that is very affective, “THIS TOO SHALL PASS!” Stay safe, healthy and positive!

Here are some additional resources:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/17/parenting/coronavirus-kids-talk.html

https://store.samhsa.gov/system/files/sma14-4885.pdf

 

 

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Tuesday, 07 July 2020