As we continue to work our way through the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re forced to overcome new obstacles we may have never thought we’d experience.
Though the work may look different, we’re still preparing all students to excel in college, career and life. At the same time, we’re also making an extra effort teaching our own children who can’t attend their schools.
Considering these and the usual stressors, it can seem like too much to handle.
Everyone reacts to stressful situations differently and that’s ok. What’s most important is to stay calm and use the resources available to take the best care of yourself and your family. You can’t control what comes your way but you can control how you respond to it.
The CDC recommends a variety of tools to cope with stress:
Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
Take care of your body
Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate.
Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
Exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep.
Avoid harmful substances.
Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
If you or your family are feeling overwhelmed during this pandemic, please take advantage of the resources available to you as an OPS employee. There is a great deal of helpful information in the links listed below. It is okay to need and seek assistance.
We are committed to getting through this together. Please continue to look out for one another. We are here for you.