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Wednesday Wisdom

Each Wednesday a member of The Churchill School and Center's Mental Health Support Services Department will provide some insight into helping all of us manage ourselves and loved ones during this challenging situation. We hope you enjoy the posts and find them helpful and useful.

Hi. For anyone who doesn't know me, I'm Linda Price, the director of the Mental Health Support Services Department. The clinicians in our department will each be posting videos on mental health topics throughout the course of our remote learning experience. This is a challenging time for all of us and our ability to tolerate stress is certainly being tested. But consider how quickly new terms such as social distancing, remote learning and virtual get togethers have become part of our vocabulary. I think this is a testament to our resilience and adaptability.

Still, we appreciate that while confined to a limited space, every family is juggling multiple schedules, with many trying to accomplish their own remote work and take care of the family. This is a Herculean task. As a result, the old rules no longer apply. We have to be flexible and creative. In the past, I cautioned parents about maintaining vigilance in monitoring and limiting the use of digital devices. These are now our main vehicles for staying connected, for learning and for accessing information.

And I want to stress the importance of staying connected. Here are just a few suggestions that I want to share, before I close for today. Find ways to take care of yourself so that you have the stamina to take care of everyone else. Even if you only take a few minutes at a time, make sure you allow yourself that opportunity. The kids are hearing adults talk and they can sense our anxiety. Validate their concerns and it's OK to admit that this is a scary and hard situation. But then provide reassurance that we are still taking precautions to make sure that we all stay safe and healthy. Stay connected to family and friends, Even though we cannot be physically together, we are lucky to have the technology to see each other virtually. And for those celebrating any of the springtime holidays, family traditions are very important. Again, we must be creative and flexible in finding ways to modify the way we have typically observed in the past. But please try to find a way to honor those traditions.

There are lots of resources that we posted on the Web site and they have good suggestions. Refer to these for suggestions about self-care ideas, guidance about having conversations with your children, at developmentally appropriate levels, and also for additional guidance about taking care of our own physical and mental health.

We will get through this. And remember, the Churchill Mental Health clinicians are here for you and we will get through this together.

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