Maintaining Positive Mental Health and Resiliency
While we all may have suspected it was coming, the recent extension of the stay-at-home order can make it challenging to maintain a positive mindset for the coming weeks. In addition, not having an end in sight for when we can “return to normal” can make us feel overwhelmed and uncertain about the future. It is easy to perseverate on the negatives and to become locked into destructive thought patterns. While it is a challenge, focusing on the positives of each day can help us to feel a sense of control over our lives.
We have probably all seen the “care for the caregiver” tips that are circulating on social media, and as parents, we often set the tone for how our families react to and cope with uncertainty and anxiety. That’s why it is so important for us to take time to care for ourselves and to take a break from caring for others each day. In that vein, we have included parent resources in our weekly spotlight to help you maintain your own positive mindset and model positive coping strategies for your families.
Resilience is the ability to take on a challenge, overcome it, and be stronger for it. By focusing on the things we can control, prioritizing, and celebrating little victories, we can increase our capacity for resiliency and come out of this pandemic stronger and more capable of taking on future challenges.
- 5 ways to reframe negative thoughts
- Webinar: COVID-19 Stress: How Uncertainty Affects Our Brains
- Things We Can Control/Things We Can’t
- Virtual Calming Room and other Resources