The outbreak of COVID-19 has been very stressful for many people. Not being able to live the same life we once did months ago is life altering. Many changes have been made to be able to make it through this pandemic.
People deal with and respond to stressful situations in different ways such as anxiety, fear, and grief. Even though people have different ways of dealing with emotions, there are still ways of managing your stress.
The Four Pillars
The four pillars are sleep, nutrition, staying physically active, and having social support. If your emotions are out of sorts, try to focus on what you CAN control for yourself. Being able to control the four pillars will help you get better control of your emotional stability.
Emotion Based Coping
Emotion based coping helps you through your emotional waves by matching your actions to your feelings. A good thing to remember is that feelings are like tidal waves; they may have a big impact, but they will pass.
If you are feeling sad or depressed-
Try taking a bath while listening to soothing music, yoga, call a friend and just talk, read a good book.
If you are feeling angry, frustrated or restless-
Try cleaning your house or vehicle, turn up some music and dance it out, disconnect yourself from the things that make you angry.
If you have anxiety-
Try saying your worries out loud, breathing exercises, focus on what you are able to control.
When you are experiencing a great amount of anxiety or emotional pain, grounding helps you to anchor yourself to reality. Grounding provides distance between you and negative feelings. Grounding is broken up into 3 categories- mental, physical and soothing strategies.
Mental grounding involves-
-Describing the environment around you using your 5 senses (the walls are green, the fan is whirring, the chair is soft)
-Play a category game (types of dogs, naming off states)
-Saying a safety statement out loud to yourself (My name is ____; I am safe right now; I am in the present; I am located in ___; The date today is ___)
Physical Grounding involves-
-Digging your feet into the floor
-Carrying a small object to touch and focus on (rock, ring, cloth)
-Putting your hands under cool or warm water
Soothing Grounding involves-
-Putting up inspiring songs or quotes in your environment to act as reminders
-Think of things you are looking forward to in the future
-Saying a coping or comforting statement
This is a method of managing your body's response to stress and anxiety. Stress and anxiety attack your nervous system which sends your body into fight, flight or freeze mode.
Try box breathing, inhale for 4 seconds, hold for 4 seconds, exhale for 4 seconds and hold your empty lungs for 4 seconds.
Understand your problems
By using awareness and insight, you can start to make changes to your life. Try writing down a list of your problems then categorize them in sections of what can I fully control, what is partly in my control and what is out of my control. Focus on what only you can control and decide if it is worth stressing over.
Our CAPC office is closed for the time being. We are anticipating opening sometime in June, please check our website, our Facebook page, or give us a call, 209-223-5921, for the most recent update.
If you need resources or help in anyway, please reach out. Stay safe during these challenging times!
Helping Your Teen Stop Vaping
Amador County families are adjusting to society's response to the Coronavirus- school and business closures, social distancing, homeschooling, and working from home. This challenging time may present you with a unique opportunity to parents to help their child quit vaping.
On March 29, 2020 a guest commentary in the Santa Cruz Sentinel, Martine Watkins, the Santa Cruz County Tobacco Prevention Education Coordinator, strongly encourages parents to support their child's efforts to become tobacco free. Watkins explains, "Over the past few years, we have seen a rapid rise in adolescent vaping, which is more impacting the students' health but also their ability to learn." Unfortunately, Amador County parallels the national trend in youth vaping.
As we are inundated with new information about the Coronavirus, we are continually learning about those most severely affected. Evidence suggests that more young people are experiencing severe respiratory systems after contracting the Coronavirus.
The U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams said during a March 24, 2020 interview on the "Today Show" that vaping could be a factor behind the recent spike in Coronavirus cases in the people between the ages of 18 and 49. "There are theories that (the increase in cases in younger populations) could be because we know we have a higher proportion of people in the United States, and also in Italy, who vape," stated Adams.
This message brought yo you by: Tobacco Reduction Amador County
We wish you and your family good health!
Join us each month as we discover new books related to
ACEs, Trauma-Informed Care and Resiliency.
This month, we are sharing the book How Children Succeed
By Paul Tough
"How Children Succeed" is a must read for people who are curious about what it's like to grow up in America. The focus is on the educational systems and how measurable intelligence (IQ, test and SAT scores, GPA) are tied in with motivation, curiosity, self control and confidence. The book shows how the difference between love and nurture compared to stress and trauma can have two completely different outcomes on a child's mental and physical health.
We hope you'll share your thoughts and comments about this book with us. You can send us an email, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our Facebook page and leave a comment for us, HERE.
Mini-Grants Now Available!
We are excited to announce that funding is available for Family Strengthening mini-grant proposals for the 2019-20 fiscal year. Mini-grants will be awarded up to $2,000. Funding is provided by the Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council (ACAPC).
Grants are available for qualified organizations and agencies to provide Family Strengthening programs within the County of Amador.
Family Strengthening is the premise that children do well when families do well, and that families do well when they live in supportive communities. Enhancing connections within families, and between families, and the institutions that affect them, result in better outcomes for children and their families.
Click HERE for a full list of current events in Amador County.
Free Mandated Reporter Training
The second Thursday of every month, from 10:00 - 11:30 am,
the Child Abuse Prevention Council is holding free mandated reporter trainings. Meetings will be resume in June with safe social distancing practices enforced. Open to parents, teachers, the community, staff or colleagues needing a refresher course, or new staff with no previous training, give us a call, (209) 223-5921. For the flyer with all the information, click HERE.
Would you like to make a difference in the lives of children?
You can support the Child Abuse Prevention Councils efforts to keep our kids safe!
Print out the form HERE, and send it in with your donation today.
All children know how they are valued; all families receive the support, education and tools necessary to give every child a safe, healthy, and nurturing home; and a community that actively supports the health, safety, and education of its children.
CAPC is committed to preventing all forms of child abuse in Amador County through community partnerships, free trainings, education, and family-centered events that value children, strengthen families, and engage communities.
Investing in Our Youngest Children
Stay up to date on all the latest news and information for the youngest children in our county! Sign up for First 5 Amador's monthly e-newsletter HERE!
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