Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Coping During COVID: Mindfulness and Self-Care for Adults and Kids

last updated September 22nd, 2020 

Photo by August de Richelieu from Pexels

by Catharine Hannay

Depending on where you live, things may be getting back to relative normalcy or you may be under quarantine for the umpteenth week in a row. In either case, most of us are feeling a lot of anxiety as we're wondering whether the situation will get better or worse over the next several months.

To make it easier to access the resources you need, I've gathered together all of the Mindful Teachers posts on coping during the coronavirus crisis, along with a selection of useful posts from other sources. 

You might also find these posts useful during other times of challenge and uncertainty.

Hang in there, everybody! 

New Post 9/22/20: Here's the latest in the popular series of song playlists for teachers:

New Post 9/17/20: With so much suffering all around us, it can be hard to know how to help. As my sister Rev. Deborah Hannay Sunoo explains, sometimes we just need to be a compassionate presence.

New Post 9/8/20
There’s a false dichotomy between teachers who are focused on content and teachers who are focused on meeting the kids’ emotional needs. The reality is that they’re interconnected. Kids can’t learn anything when they’re freaked out. They need a chance to express themselves, and they need a supportive community. 

New Post 9/1/20: Here's a creative way to cope with the boredom and frustration of virtual factual meetings, from middle school teacher Erin Bryk:

New Post 8/7/20: Here's a new post I wrote for the Center for Adolescent Studies blog, about effectively helping kids without losing sight of your own needs:

Here's a curated selection of advice and resources for teachers and caregivers:

Here are the Mindful Teachers posts from March through May 2020: 

Mindfulness Activities for Families at Home:

You may also be interested in the many other activities for exploring the five senses. Any of the five senses can be a good anchor, or point of attention, which can be less problematic for many people than focusing on the breath. (Some people find that focusing on their breath actually increases their anxiety. Do what's best for you, and be sure to give kids options, as well.)

Self-Care for Teachers, Parents, and Other Adults:

You may also be interested in the many other self-care resources.

Video Playlists

You may also be interested in the many other song playlists and video playlists on mindfulness, compassion, gratitude, etc.

Looking for even more suggestions? There are hundreds of posts here at MindfulTeachers.org on practicing and teaching mindfulness, compassion, gratitude, and social-emotional skills.

About the Author

Catharine Hannay is the founder of MindfulTeachers.org and the author of Being You: A Girl’s Guide to Mindfulness, a workbook for teen girls on mindfulness, compassion, and self-acceptance.