We certainly know that 2020 has been extra stressful, especially for those returning to school.
The healthy development students experience at school, is now constrained by in-school safety protocols or remote learning. This unusual shift may make perfect sense for the environment this pandemic has created but these constraints have reduced or eliminated the ordinary magic students need to thrive.
Resilience is invaluable especially during these turbulent times. A basic characteristic for resilience is learning through ordinary interactions. Encouraging students to pay attention, solve problems and control behavior are basic influences and fundamental ways that assist human development and enable children and adults to survive and grow stronger from serious life challenges. So how can we help compensate for loss of ordinary interactions normally achieved in school?
1. SAFE HANG-OUT WITH CLOSE FRIENDS
Being social and spending time with close friends is important as the emotional support provided by social ties enhances our psychological well-being and according to a recent study can also help you live healthier and longer.
2. QUALITY TIME WITH FAMILY
If the recent lockdowns have proven anything, it’s that life pre-COVID was too busy and didn’t allow for quality family time. The feeling of security and strong bonds created by quality family time helps contribute to healthier stress coping mechanisms.
3. RELIABLE ROUTINES
Routines are the best way to ensure that critical needs get met. A reliable schedule with designated time for learning, leisure, physical activity and sleep promotes overall well-being and reduces stress.
4. SUPPORTIVE HOME-LIFE
Research shows that strong, supportive relationships at home help us to manage and thrive in the face of difficult circumstances. Being kind, patient and predictable can help develop resilience and ease the stress living under this pandemic.
Stress can be detrimental to our bodies. Although our bodies are well equipped to handle stress in small doses, long-term or chronic stress can have series effects on the body. Stress caused by the COVID pandemic has caused a dramatic rise in mental health problems. Alarmingly, one in four people aged 18-24 seriously contemplated suicide in June.
Acupuncture is a proven, drug-free approach to stress management that is suitable for all ages. By targeting certain areas of the body, acupuncture can release natural endorphins stimulating electromagnetic signals that positively influence brain chemistry. Because everyone reacts differently to treatment, the number of sessions needed for relief will vary. Our licensed acupuncturists will recommend an individual treatment plan based on your specific needs.
Written by: MOD LIFE Support Team