Texas Governor Greg Abbott amended his Executive Order today, calling for all schools to remain closed in the state of Texas until May 4th. This means Carroll ISD facilities will be closed and all events/activities canceled until May 4; online learning and meal delivery will continue.
The last month has been a huge change for those in the Carroll community. Carroll ISD’s department of counseling has been working hard to find resources to assist both parents and students during these difficult times.
Engaging in an online platform for learning is a big change, and often, change can be stressful. Below, click on the links for resources for talking to your child about the COVID-19 virus:
Need a break from all the COVID-19 coverage? Stressed about balancing this temporary way of life, and the challenges of online schooling? Try using some of these relaxation techniques for peace of mind.
Using music and sounds for calmness:
Healthy Coping Strategies to Manage Stress and Anxiety
Everyone has feelings of anxiety, nervousness, tension and stress from time to time. That’s normal. Recognize and acknowledge that you feel anxiety.
Practice Relaxation Techniques
Deep breathing helps to relax a major nerve that runs from the diaphragm to the brain, sending a message to the entire body to let go and loosen up.
Get Sleep, Nourishment and Exercise
Get the right amount of sleep for your needs, not too much or too little. Eat well: choose fruit, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains for long-term energy (instead of the shirt bursts that come from too much sugar or caffeine). Exercise to send oxygen to every cell in the body so that your brain and body can operate at their best.
Connect With Others
While following current CDC recommendations of social distancing, spend time with friends or family. Organized activities are great, but just hanging out works too, even utilizing FaceTime or other virtual platforms. Doing things with those we feel close to deepens our bonds, allowing us to feel supported and secure. The fun and sharing that go with it allow us to feel happier and less upset about things.
Connect With Nature
Being outside can help you feel peaceful and grounded.
Pay Attention to the Good Things
A great way to keep our minds off the worry track is to focus our thoughts on the things that are good, beautiful and positive. Appreciate the small, everyday blessings. Allow yourself to dream, wish and imagine the best that could happen. Use positive self-talk!
Note: When anxiety and worry feels extreme, it may be a sign of an anxiety disorder. For someone who has an anxiety disorder, getting proper care from a health professional is important.