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The COVID-19 pandemic and school closure impact regular ways of living. Wellness practices may not be the highest priority each day. Including wellness-related activities, when there is time to, may be helpful in dealing with current increased stress and anxiety.
Wellness is the result of making choices that promote positive ways of coping and nurturing a healthy body. Wellness practices during this time will likely feel and look different than practices under typical circumstances. Anxiety and stress are common during periods of uncertainty and can challenge our ability to cope. However, it is possible to adjust typical practices to foster social, emotional and physical wellness during the COVID-19 closure.
The concept of wellness incorporates all parts of life, and is usually includes social, emotional and physical wellness. Below are four categories of tips that may be helpful during the current closure.
Social wellness includes opportunities to connect with others. This may be especially challenging during the stay at home measures. However, there are a variety of ways to stay in touch with others and receive social support.
Emotional wellness includes being able to identify our feelings and manage them. While schools are closed, individuals may be experiencing a wide variety of emotions, including stress and anxiety.