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March 26, 2020

How You And Your Kids Can De-Stress During Coronavirus

Source: pbs.org | Repost Fight for Life Foundation 3/26/2020 –

A few weeks ago, my eight-year-old daughter made a glitter jar for my students: “Tell them that when their brain has a glitter storm, they can shake this up and take deep breaths as the glitter falls.”

We could all use some help settling our glitter right now.

If you are feeling stress about the COVID-19 pandemic, your brain isn’t misfiring. Stress is a normal, healthy biological response to perceived threats and challenges. It’s a response that gets us ready to act — to protect ourselves and our loved ones.

But too much stress can hijack our ability to reason through a situation; it can put us in fight, flight or freeze mode even if that’s not a helpful reaction. And as much as possible, we want to be responsive instead of reactive.

My kids are watching me as this global situation unfolds. Just this morning, they watched to see how I reacted to the news that the local public schools had suddenly closed. Last week, they watched how my husband and I broke the news that we needed to cancel a family trip — and how we helped them navigate their understandable tears and disappointment.

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