Considerations to promote well-being at home during COVID-19 Pandemic
Be mindful of the information you are accessing
- Choose reliable resources of information to access. Although there’s a ton of information being shared, not all are helpful.
- Monitor how much time you are spending on social media. Use social media to stay connected with friends, family, find new fun activities to engage your children in and stay informed but don’t spend too much time scrolling through unhelpful information.
- School Mental Health Ontario has been working hard to provide resources to schools, children and families across Ontario.
- Follow our Superior North Catholic District School Board website for helpful information along with ideas to stay connected and engaged with each other. It’s together we will find strength and perseverance to meet life’s daily challenges.
Be patient with yourself and others
Prolonged stress can take its toll on all of us. Your world has changed dramatically and you may feel a whole new set of expectations has been placed on you. Set clear and achievable goals for yourself, but also know it’s ok to take your time to do this. As parents, we are also adjusting to a lot of change. Be mindful of the expectations you place on yourself while you adjust to our current situation.
Our worries are changing and may impact our ability to stay well. Being aware of our worries and having plans to cope will help promote resilience during
such unpredictable times in the world. If you are unsure how to cope there are mental health services available. If you are interested in accessing
services, but unsure how, contact your child’s principal or contact Tracy Bryson, SNCDSB Mental Health Lead at email@example.com or text/call 807-228-3368.
Be consistent and set routines! But don’t forget to be REALISTIC and start with small changes or additions if needed. Now is already a stressful time but it’s proven strong routines do help us stay well.
Check out PsychologyTools.org for helpful links and resources for us as parents, for ourselves, or for helpful tips in supporting others. There are many other helpful resources and links located on our website.
Initially, I planned to be very productive this week.
However, I quickly remembered that staying at home with a 3-year-old rarely goes as planned!
I have been reminded that there is so much to learn from my little one.
Play-based learning has allowed me to acknowledge her social skill development, her perception of the world around her and to build our relationship.
Getting outside has been an everyday occurrence. This is our way of feeling connected with our community while getting some fresh air!
I have found that having a flexible and minimal schedule has worked best for our family.
Our motto for this week:
“Focus on the many things you can control instead of what you cannot”~ Kelli Adams
I have been staying well by creating a schedule for myself every day! This keeps me accountable and gives me a sense of purpose when I accomplish each task. Activities range from outdoor walks and cleaning specific areas to journaling, reading, sewing etc.
Although I try my best to accomplish everything, sometimes I don’t and that is perfectly okay! We are all doing the best we can with what we have.
~ Mikayla Dawson
"I AM BORED!"
You may hear this a lot with your kids. Boredom is a great time for kids to get creative! Let kids use their imagination to create and discover their environment indoors and outdoors.
I like using household items to create art.
We dance to our favourite songs for some exercise and watch movies. It is okay if you don’t have activities planned for each day. Let’s use this time to connect and enjoy the company of our loved ones!
Take the time to have an adventure! Here’s one example of how we are connecting... A St. Martin Soldier, my son, taking his learning outdoors.
A long walk on a secluded trail to a sandy beach could be the ultimate adventure! What an incredible opportunity to promote learning and connection with so many important elements! All while making sure to have plenty of fun!
~ Tracy Bryson
How are you staying well?
- Have a consistent and predictable schedule.
- Established a daily exercise routine.
- Finding new (and old) ways to create, promote, and maintain CONNECTION!
- And the list goes on but most importantly find ways to be KIND and have FUN!
A message to our families and communities from our Multidisciplinary team!
While we hope to provide you with valuable resources, learning and support throughout this difficult time, we also wish to acknowledge and recognize that
each of your individual situations will be unique; and your priorities very different. Please accept these as offerings and not expectations. Take
good care of yourselves and your children and families!
Our team of staff are always here to support you, regardless of the platform we need to use to get there.
- Tracy Bryson, Mental Health Lead - firstname.lastname@example.org or 807-228-3368 (call or text if needed)
- Kelli Adams for Marathon, Manitouwadge, and Terrace Bay - email@example.com
- Ophelia Amonsah for Nipigon, Red Rock and Schreiber - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mikayla Dawson for Geraldton, Longlac and Nakina - email@example.com
Please reach out if you are in need of assistance and be sure to check out our website for information on the amazing services that continue to be offered by our dedicated service providers.