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Caring for teens and young adults during this time presents its own set of challenges. Even though they may not need as much one-on-one attention compared to smaller children, they are dealing with the new normal of social isolation, extended screen time, and heightened emotions.Try guiding your teens to make a schedule, exercise daily, keep up with school work, build skills like learning an instrument or carpentry, engage them in cooking and home projects, and take time to share your meals together. Here is a great article if you find yourself needing help discussing COVID-19 and the new pressures on life.
Other ideas, tips, and resources to keep you and your family healthy, active, and informed during the COVID-19 pandemic:
- Be active today and do this core workout.
- Stay calm with box breathing techniques. Right now it can be easy to feel like the world is out of your control, but controlling your breath can help you stay calm and lower anxiety.
- Get outside today and walk in your neighborhood. Getting out for a walk can be a time to explore nature, stretch your legs, and refocus your energies, while adhering to proper social distancing recommendations: remain out of congregate settings, avoid mass gatherings, and maintain 6 feet from others.
- If you are struggling to keep kids entertained at home, here is a great list of things to do from Burlington VT Moms Blog
- A simple and budget friendly chickpea stew for your dinner. Don’t have chickpeas? That’s alright swap them out with any type of bean.
- Keeping yourself well includes helping others – and you don’t have to put your health at risk to do it. Helping a neighbor out can be as simple as giving them a call to connect.