02-15-2021 11:29:17 PM EST

Here are 10 Healthy Ways to Cope with Stress
recommended by the CDC during COVID and beyond

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including those on social media. It’s good to be informed but hearing about the pandemic constantly can be upsetting. Consider limiting news to just a couple of times a day and disconnecting from phone, tv, and computer screens for a while.
  • 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 excessive alcohol, tobacco, and substance use.
  • Continue with routine preventive measures (such as vaccinations, cancer screenings, etc.) as recommended by your healthcare provider.
  • Get vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine when available.
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
  • Connect with others you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
  • Connect with your community- or faith-based organizations. While social distancing measures are in place, try connecting online, through social media, or by phone or mail.


07-07-2020 9:41:54 PM EST

6 Parental Tips for self-Care during a Crisis

As parents, it is reasonable to feel uneasy, worried, disorganized and irritated currently. However, in dealing successfully with your own emotions, you’ll be better positioned to take care of and model behaviors in a positive way to help to decrease stress. Here are 6 Tips you can do to take care of yourself during these challenging times.

1.Make sleep part of your self-care routine-Set a time to go to bed

2. Reducing stress is also key. Think about the best ways to calm yourself- relax more.

3. Pay attention to your emotions and thoughts- your thoughts become you. Remember, you are in control of our own thoughts, which in turn control your emotions and your actions.

4. Eat well -The types of foods you eat influence the bacteria that live in your stomach, this can be positive or negative.

5. Exercise- it is difficult to go to the gym currently, so try to incorporate other exercises, such as walking, tennis, or yoga, which may be able to fit into your schedule more easily. The most important thing is to create a routine that works for you.

6. Reach out and Communicate - It is difficult now with social distancing. However, Social/physical distancing does not have to mean your children or your extended family members feel alone or isolated. Make greater use of phones, online communication tools (group video conferencing) and social media to keep in touch with family, friends, and neighbors.

Practicing those 6 tips over time is likely to help you better navigate challenging times and crisis.

What are some ways , you take care of yourselves during a crisis. Share your thoughts!


02-08-2020 10:27:13 PM EST



02-08-2020 10:09:49 PM EST

“Rater Drift” can happen at the collective or individual level. Some examples here: https://bit.ly/2IpXz5t


02-08-2020 9:52:24 PM EST

Five common bias issues in teacher observation and evaluation (and proposed solutions): https://bit.ly/2IpXz5t


03-27-2018 1:12:16 PM EST

Dr. Marcia Presents
How to Take the Stress out of parenting a Challenging child with these 12 tips

  1. Learning more about your child’s behavior can help you be the best parent you can be.
  2. Encourage your child to do his/her best by helping him/her to feel good about his/herself. ;All children act out from time to time. This is a normal part of child development.
  3. Knowing the signs and the causes of the specific behavior and finding help for all disorders and problems is important.
  4. Communicating with children’s teachers and school counselors is critical to the success of treatment.
  5. Parents can learn ways to help children manage their behaviors.
  6. This includes skills for communicating, disciplining and using positive reinforcement. ;Involve in social skills training. 
  7. You can learn how to help children be more tolerant of peers, respect others and control anger towards others.
  8. Define rules, set limits and be consistent.
  9. Explain rules and consequences. When your child breaks a rule, explain how it affects you and others.
  10. Teach your child values.
  11. Share your values with your child and teach him/her about the importance of taking responsibility for his/her own action.
  12. Be a good role model ;Show your love

National Resources 

Prevent Child Abuse America  www.preventchildabuse.org


The National institute of Child Health and Human Developmentwww.nichd.nih.gov


Childhelp-National Child Abuse Hotlinewww.childhelp.org



U.S. Department of Educationwww.ed.gov



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