Staying Mentally Well During COVID-19

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These are unique times we are living in. We understand if you are struggling -not able to go to your place of worship, hang out with your friends, take your kids to school, just play at the park, go on trips, and so much more. You are either working from home or recently laid off, trying to support your kids education at home, and spending lots of quality time with your loved ones. This new "normal" is different and challenging at times.

We want to help! Remember we are here for you and your family. Below are a few resources to help you navigate these unprecedented times. 

If you are finding even with all your best efforts, you are still struggling please reach out. We have trained mental health professionals who can help you cope and provide tools to keep you mentally strong. We are serving individuals and families via tele-health (phone and video chats).

Call us at 541-426-4524 to get started.

You Might Be Feeling Grief Right Now

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In Scott Berinato's conversation with David Kessler on the Harvard Business Review, Kessler shared his thoughts on why it’s important to acknowledge the grief you may be feeling, how to manage it, and how he believes we will find meaning in it.

Kessler goes on to say, "we’re feeling a number of different griefs. We feel the world has changed, and it has. We know this is temporary, but it doesn’t feel that way, and we realize things will be different."

Read more to learn how to manage this grief

The Story of the Oyster and Butterfly:  The Corona Virus and Me

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These unprecedented times can cause anxiety for everyone, including young children. Ana M. Gomez wrote The Story of the Oyster and the Butterfly: the Corona Virus and Me to help children deal with their feelings of worry, fear, and anxiety.

The author shared this story to help children in our community find ways to recognize their feelings in a healthy way. Please feel free to read the story, print the pages, and talk with your children about coronavirus, help them process their emotions, and what we need to do to stay healthy and protect our friends and family. This book is written for ages 3-8.

Download story

 

How to Cope with Loneliness During COVID-19

boy crying"Social distancing is believed to be critical for slowing the rate of infection so that hospitals don’t become inundated. But for many, especially those who live alone, social isolation can take a real toll on mental and physical health. Social connection can be found in unexpected places," writes Juliana Breines Ph.D. in Psychology Today.

Did you know that surrounding yourself with warmth, via blankets, sweaters or other coziness, can mimic the rewards of touch for your physical body? Or that connecting with fictional characters in a book or movie can be brain “stand-ins” for social relationships?

Learn More Tips from Juliana Breines

Yoga for Kids:  Cosmic Kids Yoga, Movement in a Storybook Format

Yoga helps kids to relax, relieve stress and anxiety, sleep better, improve emotional regulation, increase empathy, and improve mood and affect. Practicing yoga with kids also teaches them how to be more mindful, which happens to be just one of the many ways in which we can teach mindfulness to kids. Mindfulness is an important tool during these unprecedented times.

Cosmic Kids Yoga is yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed for kids aged 3+, used in schools and homes all over the world. Over 100s of videos to choose from and keep your "kid" practice going.

 

10 Skills to Soothe Your Brain

Learn how your brain responds to threats and how you can harness that knowledge to help regain your peace during these unique times. These tips also help you understand other's responses to chronic stress/trauma and create more compassion for one another.

Free Home Workout Apps from Down Dog

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So that anyone who wants to practice at home can do so, they are making all of their apps - Down Dog, Yoga for Beginners, HIIT, Barre, and 7 Minute Workout - completely free until May 1.

In response to the many school closures taking place, they are also offering free access until July 1 for all students and teachers (K-12 and college). To access the free school membership, please register your school's domain by visiting downdogapp.com/schools.

They are also extending free access until July 1 for all healthcare professionals so we can "help those who are helping us." Please visit downdogapp.com/healthcare to register your work healthcare domain.

Visit their website to learn more

Talking with Your Kids About COVID-19

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Kids are curious about what is going on and want to help. Children may worry about themselves, their family, and friends getting ill with COVID-19. Parents, family members, school staff, and other trusted adults can play an important role in helping children make sense of what they hear in a way that is honest, accurate, and minimizes anxiety or fear. CDC has created guidance to help adults have conversations with children about COVID-19 and ways they can avoid getting and spreading the disease.

Learn tips on how to talk to kids

myStrength: A Web-based Personal Support Tool

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myStrength offers personalized resources to improve your mood. Learn how myStrength can help you overcome the challenges you face. myStrength is offering special COVID-19 resources.

Learn More

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WALLOWA VALLEY
CENTER FOR WELLNESS
Bringing hope, dignity
and wellness to our community

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