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How Sadness May Present in Our Children During COVID-19
We are all experiencing intense emotions which can be difficult to express, especially for your children who are still developing those skills.  Therefore, basic emotions may look differently than we expect.
Recognizing what emotions are being displayed may help you coordinate a more successful response, and give you a teaching moment for helping them express those feelings in the future.

When responding to emotions, it is helpful to learn how to "hold space" for someone.
"Holding space" means supporting someone without trying to cheer them up, give advice, or talk them out of what they're feeling. It involves listening with an open heart and staying grounded and compassionate while someone shares.
Before we can hold space for our kids, we need to hold it for ourselves. Acknowledging our own feelings about everything that's happening right now can help. 

We need to give ourselves time and we need to take expert care of ourselves...

We are all having to take steps for health and safety and that can feel very taxing, especially if one of those steps is changing, pausing, or losing work.  
Being Kind to Yourself and Others Becomes More Important Than Ever.

  • Remind yourself you are trying.  A lot of the adjustments being made come with long wait times, uncomfortable periods of uncertainty and a feeling of being "in flux," it is normal for these situations to create worry, doubt and fear, and those are difficult feelings.  Take a moment each day and remind yourself all that you are doing to take care of yourself and those around you, and thank yourself for that effort.
  • Add more self care. Because of changes in schedules and finances, everyone has likely had to pull back on pieces of our routines we consider self care.  Makes some lists of things you can do within these adjustments that still fill those needs.  It may seem like something small and not worth the effort when there are so many big things going on around us, but those small things matter.  They add up.  They contribute to the way you feel and can help make you more resilient in the weeks to come.
  • Think back to what has worked. Although the magnitude of this situation feels very new to us, we have been through difficult times before, personally and as a country.  Think back to how you handled tough situations in your past.  What worked well for you?  What didn't?  Can you use that information to help inform you current plan?
  • Encourage those around you. Kindness to those around you has a ripple effect. It positively effects the recipient and it positively effects you.  Balance out your content with examples of kindness.  Find small ways to brighten the day of those around you.  As mentioned, those small things matter.
  • Don't forget your basics.  Get enough sleep, drink water, be mindful about balancing food choices with food comforts, find ways to get physical movement, safely get sunshine, use deep breathing and mindfulness.  Remember where you can get support and where you can give it.

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Traditional Monthly Topics and Webinars Are Still Available

April's Topic:
The Power of You

April's Featured Articles:

Ways to Enhance Your Self-Esteem
Habits to Help You Look Good and Feel Terrific
Mastering the Principles of Positive Thinking
Be Assertive!
Building Self-Esteem After Sobriety


April's New Featured Webinar:
Birth Order: Behavioral Traits that Affect Your Life and Work

Most of us have heard the long-held theory that birth order has an impact on who we are as an adult. Studies have indicated there is a great deal of truth to that theory. In this webinar, we will learn how our birth order affects our behavioral style, how it affects us at work, and how to affects our relationships. We will share tools to help us interact with friends, family and colleagues based on their birth order.

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