Hear and Now measures your body stress by taking the pulse in your finger through your phone's camera. You can set daily reminders for deep breathing exercises. Though other apps have guided breathing, Hear and Now's guided breathing is my favorite. You can set the number of breaths you take, and they have suggestions as well.
The MindShift app greets you with a welcome message telling you there are steps you can take to stop anxiety from controlling your life. This app is good for helping teens work through their anxiety rather than avoiding issues that are causing it.
Calm is the #1 app for mindfulness and meditation for teens. Even if you have never done any meditation before, Calm's guided meditations will walk you through it. They also have breathing programs, relaxing music, and sleep stories. Recommended by top psychologists.
Aura walks you through 3-minute meditations to help you calm and destress. You let Aura know how you're feeling, and the app chooses the best meditation for you. Aura also offers mood tracking and daily reminders for breathing exercises.
While you may not physically be on campus, it is important to continue with a daily routine and keep up with your schoolwork. If you feel that you need extra support for your learning, here are some websites to help:
This disruption to routine and the overwhelming level of information about COVID-19 can result in students feeling stressed and anxious. It is important to give your student a sense of control by including them in positive meaning-making about the situation and brainstorming ways they can spend this time in a positive and productive way. Encouraging your student to find ways of helping others during this time can frame this time of uncertainty as a time of growth.
Articles about managing stress and coping with anxiety:
During times like this, processing too much information from media can cause more panic and anxiety in students. We recommend limiting the access your student has to media to allow your student space to process all the information and to ask questions. Here are some guidelines for creating a media contract with your student:
Set family expectations for all devices - whether it is the TV, tablets, computers, or cell phones, set clear expectations about the use of devices and be a role model for your students.
Guidelines about when and where the device can be used - although this time away from school and work can be stressful, it can also be a time to reconnect as a family. Set guidelines about not using phones while eating meals together or before bed.
Encourage your student to stop and think before they post - misinformation can result in more panic during this stressful time. Encourage your student to research before reposting anything or to think about if that information will be helpful to others or have negative consequences.
Respectful behavior and completing online school work earns more privileges - in an effort to motivate students to complete the online school work they are receiving, technology privileges can be used as a reward.
Have open communication about media content - be open about the information you are aware of and have open discussions with your students about what is going on currently as we are getting new updates each day. If there is a question that you don’t have the answer for, research the information together on reliable websites or news outlets.