Dear Change to Chill Partner,
With Minnesota and Wisconsin’s K-12 school closures, we are all living in a time of uncertainty. Stress levels are rising not only for adults, but also for our kids and teens. Your Change to Chill and Health Powered Kids teams are here to support you through a Mental Health Virtual Care Package for students, teachers, and parents who are all adjusting to distance learning. In our care package you’ll find activities for de-stressing that can be done as a class, as a family, one-on-one with a child or as an individual. We know our community can build resilience through stress prevention and reduction activities like physical activity, mindfulness and more to get through this challenging period.
In good health,
Your Change to Chill and Health Powered Kids teams
This is your guide to slowing down and de-stressing as a student, class or family:
Chilling doesn’t happen overnight – it takes practice. There are many different techniques to help prevent and reduce stress – and one size does not fit all. Try some of our different practices whether you’ve got one minute or one hour.
- Breathing Exercise
- Guided Imagery
- Mindful Movement
- Self-guided Mindful Walking
Worksheets don’t have to mean work! Try one of our coloring sheets to clear your head or a mindfulness worksheet to for guided contemplation practice.
- Coloring Sheets
- Three Good Things
- Take time to write down three good things happening every day for two weeks to see what you notice.
- Gratitude Worksheet
- Distracted by stress? Slow down to contemplate the things you’re thankful and see the difference it makes.
- Sleep Tracker
- Many things are out of our control. Learn about your sleep habits by trying this tracker and see what changes you may want to make start feeling even better.
- Create the State You Want
- What’s stressing you? Take it out and reimagine it.
- Three Good Things
- We’ve got a great collection of videos to help guide you through different activities. All videos.
- For more information on managing stress and anxiety during COVID-19 visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Remember, you can reduce community spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) by:
- Staying home.
- Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Mildly ill patients are encouraged to stay home and contact their health care provider by phone for guidance about clinical management.
- Patients who have severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, should seek care immediately.
- Older patients and individuals who have underlying medical conditions or are immunocompromised should contact their physician early in the course of even mild illness.
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Throw away any used tissues and wash your hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe