There will be a counselor at Marian each day, if you need to talk to someone about a specific issue.
Mental Health Considerations
Catholic Charities provides a list of mental health considerations during COVID-19. Click here to read.
Coping Skills for Quarantine
- Support yourself by not spending all free time with media coverage of COVID-19. It can be upsetting to hear about any type of crisis over and over again.
- Structure your day as you would if you were in a regular routine–have a similar pattern to rising, doing homework, eating your meals, getting exercise, and then going to bed at night.
- Take extra care of your body–get plenty of sleep, practice deep breaths, do yoga or exercise. Eat well-balanced meals, get a daily dose of movement, sunshine, and fresh air.
- Try to do something you enjoy to return to more normal activity; get outside for fresh air, spend time with your pet, read a book or magazine, work on a hobby, shoot some hoops in the driveway, etc.
- Find a way to laugh…enjoy your favorite comedian or show that makes you laugh.
- Connect with others and talk about your feelings with a parent or family member. Remind them how much they mean to you and how much you care. Having social interaction with people can still be face to face but on Facetime or Google hangouts. Consider connecting with out of town relatives this way…grandparents, cousins, or friends who moved.
- Maintain a positive outlook and know that you are helping yourself and others best by practicing social distancing, staying away from your friends, and staying out of places where large numbers of people gather.
- Don’t forget meditation, prayer or other calming activities that keep you in the present moment. Have hope and faith that things will not remain this way forever and that this is just “for now”. Take one day at a time. This situation is NOT permanent, so trust that things will return to normal sometime soon. Practice patience and remember everyone is doing their best to keep things going.