If you are feeling overwhelmed with stress, fear, or anxiety about the uncertainty surrounding this public health emergency, there are services available. These resources connect you to a variety of services from advice to trained counselors.
STPPS Cares Helpline
STPPS Mental Health Providers are available to support families through the STPPS Cares Email Helpline at firstname.lastname@example.org. Email the helpline to get personalized guidance on resources and tools for supporting students, families and employees directly from members of the STPPS Mental Health Team.
1. Practice Physical Self Care.
Take care of your body, eat healthy, get enough sleep, exercise, take medications as prescribed, stay active even if it is just walking around the yard, get outside and get some sunshine.
2. Practice Healthy Coping Skills.
Practice healthy ways to relax include listening to music, taking a bubble bath, gardening, creating positive self-talk, breathing exercises, acknowledging what you can and can not control, taking time to unwind, playing board games, playing cards, painting, working on a hobby or finishing a project.
3. Stay connected.
Maintain relationships even when you canít get together face-to-face, you can still keep in touch with family and friends through phone calls, face time and social media to avoid the feeling of isolation.
4. Monitor media consumption.
While you might want to stay up-to the minute with news, too much exposure can be overwhelming. Take breaks from watching, reading or listening to the news.
5. Maintain Routines. Stick to normal routines as much as possible while still allowing for flexibility. Create a daily schedule to help children who need structure, try to maintain eating and sleeping patterns as much as possible.