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Tips on coping with anxiety

The fantastic STAHS Pastoral team put this together for pupils and their families and we wanted to share it with our alumni community, as we could all do with some extra support at the moment.
19 Mar 2020
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Managing Coronavirus (COVID-19) Anxiety

  • Stick to credible sources of information: let facts not fear inform your feelings and actions
  • Avoid excessive exposure to media coverage
  • Keep in contact with loved ones via calls, messages and the internet
  • Practice self-care
  • Share coping skills with others

Think about these questions . . .
  • What typically happens to your body when worries accumulate?
  • What do you fear the most?
  • What usually helps you manage your worries?
Write a list . . .
  • What can you control?
  • Focus on this, develop an action plan and establish a structured routine. (This may be particularly useful to help with any changes made to your day-to-day schedule, as a result of COVID-19, such as cancellations of school clubs, social events etc.)
Ideas for Relaxing:
  • Mindfulness exercises and Meditation (try some of the YouTube videos about Mindfulness)
  • Controlled breathing techniques
  • Yoga (again, YouTube is a great starting point)
  • Drawing/painting
  • Reading a book
  • Watching a favourite film
  • Playing games e.g. board games as well as computer games
Practical Things:
  • Wash your hands often, with soap and water
  • Use hand sanitiser regularly (when soap and water is not available)
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Rest and eat well
  • Take responsible actions as an individual, to minimise risk to others
  • Only travel if it is essential
  • Stay home if you are sick


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