Mental Health News
Health Tips During Stressful Times
Sleep and Hygiene:
Sleep is so important! Get showered, brush your teeth, wash your face, wear something other than pajamas (even though they are so comfy!) and include bright colors in your daily wardrobe.
Acts of kindness toward others:
Make sure that while you’re taking care of yourself, you’re doing what you can to support others.
Get outside! Go for a walk. Play frisbee. Plant some flowers. Try to go for at least 30 minutes.
Spend extra time with family and/or pets:
Did you know we have a curriculum that has all kinds of great ideas and activities? Check it out and adapt the lessons for use at home! And, it is SO IMPORTANT to keep kids on a schedule as well. Let your children help with creating a daily schedule that includes academics, exercise, creative time, quiet time and time to connect with friends.
Notice all the good things happening in the world right now. There are a ton of great things… just do a search online for “good news during Covid-19” and you’ll find a lot!
Develop and practice your own self-care plan:
Listen to music you love, burn a candle that smells good, write in your journal or read a book. When was the last time you colored something? Get out the crayons and colored pencils and color a picture! Take a long warm bath. Start a craft project. Organize a room. Whatever feels good to you… do it and pat yourself on the back for taking care of yourself.
Find a way to smile every day:
Find a way to generate a good hearty belly laugh every day. It does a body good.
Reach Out To Others
Use your phone or platforms like FaceTime, Skype or Zoom to talk with family and friends. Share how you’re feeling and actively listen to others when they share how they are feeling.
There is SO MUCH to be grateful for right now!
Practicing gratitude builds resilience and helps us through the toughest times. Find three things every day that you are grateful for and write them down. Put the lists in a jar and look at your lists months from now to remind you of all the little reasons you were able to get through this period.
Or if you start to feel anxious go through your alphabet and find something for each letter that you are grateful for.
When ‘safe at home’ isn’t safe…
If you or a family member is struggling, please ask for help; crisis counselors are available 24/7:
Domestic Abuse Resources: https://www.thehotline.org/ 1-800-799-7233
Eatonville School District Mental Health
EHS - Maryann Baker - M.Baker@eatonville.wednet.edu
EHS - Rebecca Stoker - firstname.lastname@example.org
EHS - Anne Malver - A.Malver@eatonville.wednet.edu
EMS - Anisa Parks - email@example.com
EES - Jana McIlraith - firstname.lastname@example.org
WES - Rebecca Stoker - email@example.com
CCA - Jessica Sotl - firstname.lastname@example.org