When you have peace in yourself and accept, then you are calm enough to do something, but if you are carried by despair, there is no hope.
– Thich Nhat Hanh
We are in uncertain times right now. The Coronavirus has caused leaders to make difficult decisions that impact each of us in some way. Schools and business are closed in many parts of the country and there are daily reports of growing numbers of people diagnosed with COVID-19. You probably have many questions weighing on your mind. When will this end? Will I have the resources I need to take care of my family? When will I be able to return to work? What happens if I get sick? What if I run out of things to watch on Netflix?
Not having the answers to questions can cause some people to feel more anxious than normal. In addition to feeling apprehension, symptoms of anxiety also include restlessness, frustration, inability to concentrate, body aches, and trouble sleeping. Sometimes, gaining more information can help ease these feelings and promote a sense of peace. As they say, knowledge is power!
Unfortunately, we are also in an era of misinformation and it can be difficult to know where to turn to receive trustworthy information. We have compiled a list of resources that you may find helpful in your search for information about this pandemic.
About the virus and the response:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Resources and updates
- National Institutes of Health – News and resources
- National Safety Council – Guidance for Employers: COVID-19 and the Workplace
- National Governors Association – Resources
About economic and community resources:
- US Department of Labor – Coronavirus Resources
- Employers and Workers Impacted by COVID-19: Expanded Unemployment Programs Have Arrived
- US Chamber of Commerce – Coronavirus Emergency Loans: Small Business Guide and Checklist
- National Restaurant Association – Coronavirus Information and Resources
For mental health resources:
- National Alliance on Mental Illness – COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide
- The National Child Traumatic Stress Network – Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with the Coronavirus Disease
For helping children and families:
- National Association for the Education of Young Children – Coping with COVID-19
- National Association of School Psychologists – Helping Children Cope with Changed Resulting from COVID-19
- Zero to Three – Coronavirus Resources for Early Childhood Professionals
- National Institute for Early Education Research – COVID-19 Resources
- Prevent Child Abuse America – Coronavirus Resources and Tips for Parents, Children & Others
For activity ideas:
- PBS Kids for Parents – Daily Activity Ideas
- Scholastic – Learn at Home Ideas
- National Geographic – Activity Ideas During Coronavirus Shutdowns
- Zero to Three – Tips for Families: Coronavirus
- Common Sense Media: Wide Open School
We at CCEI are wishing you all the best during this difficult time. Be well.