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An Update from Audubon Park School

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APS Families,

As we cope with this global pandemic, be aware of the connection of the mind and our immune system. There is developing evidence to support this connection. Here is a list of recommendations to help you boost immunity beyond the recommendations for handwashing and social distancing.

1. Listen to the news in manageable portions. It is important to be informed, but not overwhelmed. Recommend to families to limit over-consumption of the news.

2. Exercise daily with social distance. Exercise improves mental and physical health and is suspected to boost immunity.

3. Get Ample Sleep. Sleep is the period when our body's immune system is most active. When you stay up all night, you limit your body's ability to stave off disease.

4. Reach out to others to prevent loneliness and isolation - call three friends or relatives. Isolation is the number one cause of stress and depression, which weakens the immune system.

5. Practice mindfulness meditation, relaxation, Yoga, listen to relaxing music, MindSpace, etc. All of these ancient practices improve immune function by reducing stress.

6. Reduce stress in one's life by being extra kind to others. Love is the greatest strengthener of the immune system for both the giver and recipient. Dr. Ornish's best-seller, Love and Survival, made this compelling case.

7. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables and reduce the overconsumption of sugar. Whole foods with many nutrients are important in optimal immune system function while too much sugar may dampen it.

8. Laugh - Watch a funny movie or crack more jokes. Laughter improves immunity.

Resilience is the process of adapting when facing sources of stress. Resilience can give children the ability to see past problems, find enjoyment in life, and better handle stress. Being able to ask others for support is a key component of being resilient. Building strong, positive relationships with loved ones and friends can provide children with needed support and acceptance in both good times and bad. Children thrive when they know they're surrounded by people who support and care for them.

Tips for Parents - Building Your Children's Resilience

Resources for Students

Students: Check out this Sesame Street video "What We Are" Anthem – listen to it daily and sing along! Make this mobile to remind you of the people who care for you at home, at school, or anywhere (en español).

In times of stress, it’s great for both kids and adults to “Belly Breathe.”

Students: Watch this video together with your family anytime and practice breathing along. Talk about times when belly-breathing might be useful with your family. Then, when you feel you need it, give belly-breathing a try.

Trevor Honohan, Principal

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