This month, we turn our focus inward. Living through a Global Pandemic, Wild Fires, and political drama has been rough on everyone, leaving no person unaffected. Our anxieties have heightened due to fears about the world, whether we’re home or on the frontlines. Worry and stress are natural, but can sometimes lead to panic and unhealthy or even destructive behavior. At Benchmark Consulting, we encourage you to focus on what you can control to manage stress and anxiety during the pandemic and now wildfires.
Take Time For Yourself
Schools across the country transitioned to at-home learning in March, and, as Schools restart this month, some children will go back to the classroom, and others will remain at home, depending on specific district decisions. As parents continue to juggle new roles with their already busy schedules, the importance of taking time to decompress and relax is more important than ever.
Practice Mindfulness Meditation
Learning to practice mindfulness meditation together can help both parents and children deal with the stress and anxiety that comes along with navigating life during quarantine. Mindfulness is the mental state achieved by focusing awareness on the present moment, calmly acknowledging and accepting your feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. Creating regular, predictable schedules can also help bring order to what may feel like a chaotic time.
Get Outside – When the smoke clears, of course…
Looking for a mental boost? Get your mind back into gear by getting your body back into restorative environments, such as the great outdoors. Time outdoors, paired with exercise, can help ease anxiety, depression, and other mental health challenges.