Our team at ACE wants to share resources during this difficult time. You and your loved ones may be experiencing anxiety or stress, and that's a normal reaction to social isolation and big changes such as finances, temporarily losing your job, or being home from school.
The first thing to remember is that there are many resources in your community that can help you get through this period. If you have temporarily lost your job in Birmingham, Alabama, you can apply on BhamStrong.com to apply for temporary jobs in the community. Food banks are still open during the statewide emergencies.
The second thing to remember is to breathe. Breathing calms our brain and is especially needed during this time when our minds our racing about what will happen next. Below are Mindfulness resources for you, your children, or your students.
Free Online Mindfulness Classes for Kids
Meditation Tips to Help Combat COVID-19 Anxiety
Mindfulness Practices and Videos for Educators
The last thing to remember is to take your mental health seriously. Take care of not just your physical self, but also your mental self. Reducing stress can also reduce your chances of getting sick. The body under stress can have a lower immune response. Taking care of your stress can better your immune system. Below are some articles that can help you with stress management.
Take Care of Anxiety
CDC Manage Stress and Anxiety
10 Apps to Help You Deal with Stress and Anxiety
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