Helpful Health Topics During COVID-19

Important tips on how to prevent spread of the COVID-19 virus as well as resources on how to stay physically and mentally healthy during this challenging time.

Dear Phoenixville Family,


We are all experiencing an unprecedented level of uncertainty at this time. With such limited past experience in this area it can be difficult to know the best way to navigate daily life. The following are a few small ways you and your family can work through this time together. 

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Limit Media Exposure
Assign a time limit or amount of times per day that you access media. The news will be still be there after you take a break---and reports most likely will have changed at that point anyway. It also may be helpful to limit the time spent discussing the news with friends and family. Instead, can you discuss what creative ways you have managed social distancing?

Take Time for Relaxation
Practicing a few minutes of deep breathing, listing three things for which you are grateful, listening to music and getting some fresh air on your front step are all great ways to boost mood. Added bonus is the chemicals released by your body during these activities also up-regulate immunity!

Create Routine
This one is particularly important! Keeping a daily schedule---even if it is a loose one---can create routine, which is especially important for children. Having a certain time to get up out of bed, complete morning activities of daily living, eat around certain times, and so forth can create a sense of normalcy despite them being out of the ordinary. It will also ease transition back into socialization once restrictions and recommendations are lifted.

Designate Areas

Designating areas for working from home and schoolwork can be helpful as well. Even if it is just a corner of your living room or an area of the kitchen table, having a designated area where you complete work and schoolwork assignments also can facilitate a feeling of routine and safety.

Remember Your Control

This may be the most difficult step. Situations such as this can leave us all feeling very unsteady. Remember what you can control and help your children understand that as well. You can control your reaction to media, how you care for your own body and family, how you care for your environment, and how you care for others outside of your home. 

We will survive this together. Do everything you can to care for yourself, your family, and your community at this time!

Be well!

Sincerely,

The Phoenixville School District Nurses
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