November 22, 2020
Dear UAS Parents / Guardians,
The COVID-19 pandemic has been a stressful and challenging time for children and families around the world. The pandemic has caused worry and uncertainty that many people have not encountered before. These new and added stressors can take an emotional toll on children. Students now have to balance remote learning with big and small stressors. With all the stressors they have to face, it is important to practice self-care.
To help children and families cope with the mental health effects of the pandemic we have listed some self-care tips that may be helpful during this time.
- Develop a self-care routine to help your child manage challenges
- An important self-care tip is to allow your child to take the time to reflect on emotions that can help them develop a self-loving attitude towards themselves. Self-care is about integrating positive habits into their daily routine. Do not underestimate the power of having a routine set up. Remember children thrive on routine and sticking to one would greatly help your child’s sense of self and confidence.
o Journaling -Journaling is one of the best self-care tips to help you express your thoughts through writing or doodling.
- Start a healthy conversation
- Self-care begins with helping your child talk about their feelings. Let them know that it is important to acknowledge when they are struggling with their emotions in order to manage those feelings and be able to keep it away.
- Get Out in Nature
- Research has repeatedly shown a link between being outdoors and lower levels of stress, depression and anxiety. Time in nature also helps counteract the mood disturbance caused by too much screen time. Doing regular outdoor activities as a family can help adolescents build this all-important habit.
- Move and Exercise Regularly
- Whether its sports, walks, running or yoga, movement helps both physical and mental health. The activity doesn’t matter as long as it’s consistent
- Focus on Setting Goals
- Regular “me time” that focuses on the things that make you happy and healthy are great self-care routines.
If you notice your child is still worried or anxious, be assured that this is a normal reaction, and continue conversations and providing care for your child. If you need additional support, please contact your child’s counselor.
KG – Feroza Syed: [email protected]
Elementary – Jane Al Sabah: [email protected]
Elementary – Lilian El Haddad: [email protected]
Middle School – Sarah Mobasher: [email protected]
High School 9th/10th Grade – Rhea Lester: [email protected]
High School 11th/12th Grade – Tashevia Glenn: [email protected]
Wellness Counselor – Paul Langan: [email protected]
UAS School Counseling Team