EA Family

Resources During Your Time At Home
Posted on 03/15/2020

Hi EA Family!

We hope you are well and staying healthy!  Since we won’t see each other for a bit we wanted to share some helpful resources for you to reference during our time apart.  The school closures and other precautions being taken to address COVID-19 are a huge step for your physical health! We also know it’s just as important to take care of your emotional and mental health as well!  

If you’re feeling stressed or anxious rest assured that it’s normal!  We are navigating through an unprecedented time. All of the advice we’ve seen thus far states that we should be proactive and thoughtful but not to panic.  It is natural to have some feelings of uneasiness but the good news is there’s also a lot within your power to reduce those feelings. Check out some helpful information on how to stay holistically healthy.


Limit the news & be careful what you read!

It’s important to stay informed so you know the best ways to care for yourself.  Particularly at your age, you are receiving and understanding so much of what is being shared.  That being said, the more time and energy we spend on this, the more we feel compelled to stay tuned in.  Try setting limits for how long or at what times you watch the news. Pay special attention and take action if what you are watching is making you feel worse – that’s one clear way to know it’s time for a break. 

Also, consider your sources!  (Sound familiar?) There is and will continue to be a lot of misinformation swirling around.  Stick to trusted resources (News networks > Instagram) to help deliver the most updated and reliable information.  

    
Take breaks from screens & stay active!

Take Breaks From Screens and Stay Active! That means social media but it also means TV and computer!  While there may be restrictions on what you can do outside of the house there are plenty of options within your home too!  If available, getting a little sun in your own backyard is a good option! Look out for companies that are offering free services to stay active during this time. 
   
DownDogApp is making all of their apps - Down Dog, Yoga for Beginners, HIIT, Barre, and 7 Minute Workout - completely free until April 1st so that people can practice from home!  Visit your app store and type in DownDogApp to download any of the apps with the blue icon.  CorePower Yoga is offering free access to a special collection of online classes through CorePower Yoga On Demand. New workout and even meditation classes will be available every week so you can practice from home. If you have questions or need anything, please email info@corepoweryoga.com.

Wash your hands, eat a balanced diet & get rest!

Sounds simple enough, but without a routine in place many of us can forget to do the basics.  Wash your hands with soap for 20 seconds, visit the sites shared by the School District of Philadelphia for breakfast and lunch options (see https://www.phila.gov/2020-03-14-city-and-district-provide-meals-activity-space-during-school-closures/ for more specifics), and try to stick to your typical sleep schedule.  Maintaining a sense of normalcy will help to curb anxiety that can arise in times like this.


Do stay connected!

It’s a great time to connect with friends and loved ones who you’ve been missing!  While we can’t do that in person right now, we can use alternate means. Writing letters to elders, calling an old friend or chatting with your immediate family are all easy options to help during this time. As a bonus, we just know those elders will love hearing from you! Community and belonging is a universal human need so be sure to keep yours up!  There are tons of tips about self-care but we also need to care for one another at this time.


Embrace a hobby!

That could mean journaling, it could mean learning how to work a sewing machine or crafting but it doesn’t stop there.  Pick up a book that you never thought you’d have time to read, try out new recipes that you’d like to perfect, grab a paintbrush or even an instrument.  There’s no right or wrong way to have a hobby so the final product matters much less than the process. And we know how to trust the process!

Therapy and treatments are still important!

If you are unsure about attending therapy sessions outside the home, especially those who the CDC has described as being at higher risk, you can ask your therapist or health care provider about teletherapy or mental health services online.  Don’t forget to ask about ways you can implement therapeutic practices at home to stay mentally strong such as mindfulness exercises.  Instagram could help you with that as well!  Follow the Calm page for more ideas.

For prescribed medication concerns, you can ask your health care provider about getting 90-day supplies vs. a 60 or 30-day supply. If this is not possible, ask if it is encouraged to refill your medications as soon as they are allowed.


Know your resources!

If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.  

For any reports that need to be made regarding abuse to yourself or to others, contact the Child Help National Hotline at 1-800-422-4453.  

Both hotlines are still available to you for support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and are staffed with professional crisis counselors who will offer crisis intervention, information, and referrals.  All calls are confidential!

Too scared to call?  Text “HOME” to 741741.  The Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, at any time. They can even support your anxiety surrounding the coronavirus outbreak!

If you believe that you are in a state of emergency of any sort, call 9-1-1 immediately!  

 

Despite the physical and emotional challenges we may be facing, we know that our EA family will continue to be the hope in a scary and stressful time.  May this information keep your body and mind safe and strong! Remember, you are smart, you are strong and you have so many tools within arms reach!  

We miss you already and look forward to seeing you again soon!