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Redmond High School and Eastlake High School each received gold medals this year from the Washington State Thespians.

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    Mindfulness helps decrease stress, anxiety and depression
    Stress Reduction

    Mindfulness is the practice of focusing your mind on the present and becoming aware of what’s going on internally and externally. Mindfulness is helpful for both children and adults. Benefits include decreasing stress, anxiety and depression. It can also help focus attention and help in decision making. Hannah Harrison, Juanita High School’s school social worker, contracted through Evergreen Health, shares a simple and fun mindfulness activity: Mindful Eating. Check out the video and give mindfulness a try.

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    Set and track goals
    Wellness Tip #6

    Has your family been struggling with a routine? Having clearly defined goals and tracking them creates structure, which will help break down large tasks into more manageable pieces. Goal-setting also increases self-awareness, self-esteem and accountability. For children, these are also important skills to develop as they continue to navigate through online learning. For more tips, visit: bit.ly/GoalSetting20

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    Help your children create and maintain a routine
    Wellness Tip 5

    When you help your children create and maintain a routine, it will keep them occupied and feeling safe. When they stay focused on what is possible, it reinforces a sense of control. Remember to also reassure them that they are okay and that the situation will get better.

    Activities include: educational resources, eating healthy, practicing mindfulness, staying connected with friends and family and having a good night's rest.

    More tips.

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    Focus on what you can control
    Wash hands for 20 seconds

    If your children are experiencing stress or anxiety, remind them that adults are working to address this concern, and give them actions that they can take to protect themselves. Encourage them to stay home to stay healthy and to practice good hygiene:

    1. Wash hands multiple times a day for at least 20 seconds. (Sing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star slowly, which takes about 20 seconds.)
    2. Cover mouth with a tissue when sneezing or coughing and throw the tissue away immediately. Another option is to sneeze or cough into the bend of an elbow.
    3. Stay at least six feet apart from people when in public.

    Visit the cdc.gov for more tips on basic hygiene and healthy lifestyle practices.

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    Learn the facts
    Learn the facts

    How much information should we share with our children about COVID-19?

    Children often imagine situations far worse than reality. That is why it is important to listen to their concerns, fears and questions. 

    Let your children’s questions be your guide as to how much information to provide. You can listen to their concerns, fears and questions, but try to keep your responses factual and age appropriate to lower their stress and anxiety levels.

    Remind them that adults are working to address this concern, and give them actions that they can take to protect themselves. This includes staying home, washing hands and keeping six feet apart from people when in public.

    For additional facts and tips on talking points:

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