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Helping teens cope while at home

 
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We’re dealing with some challenging times right now. If you have teenagers at home, here are some tips and ideas to help you and your family navigate life at home.
 

Tool and Tips

Create a weekly schedule to follow
Include:

  • Meal/snack times
  • Education/school time
  • Active/exercise time
  • Creative time
  • Time to socialize with others in your home or through technology
  • Self-care time
  • Hygiene-care time
  • Time for household responsibilities/chores

Engage in grounding
When feeling overwhelmed or if you can’t slow your thoughts, name:

  • 5 items you see in the room
  • 4 things you hear
  • 3 things you can touch
  • 2 things you smell, or your favorite smells
  • 1 thing you can taste, or your favorite flavor
  • State the current month, day, year and time
 

Pay attention to the way your body feels starting at your head moving down to your toes

Stay connected to others

  • Reconnect and engage with those around you in your home
  • Call and talk to supportive people
  • Write letters by hand and mail to your friends
  • Use social media to stay connected to others
  • Use FaceTime/Skype/Zoom with an individual or as a group to catch up
  • Utilize messaging apps or email to communicate with friends

Stay healthy

  • Get enough sleep each night (7-10 hours)
  • Eat healthy (fruit, veggies, whole grains)
  • Drink lots of water
  • Get daily exercise, even just a short walk
  • Try to get outside daily, even for a brief amount of time
  • Avoid caffeine (can increase anxiety)

Other ways to engage the senses

  • Use or smell scented lotion/perfume
  • Splash face with cold water or hold onto ice cubes
  • Touch or hold a soft blanket/stuffed animal
  • Eat small pieces of different flavored foods
  • Observe sounds in the home
Click here for podcasts for children and families.
Click here for feelings based worksheets, activities, videos, and interactives.
 

Self-Care Activities

  • Talk to someone; call, text or video chat with supportive people
  • Watch a movie
  • Write a letter to someone
  • Play with a friend/sibling
  • Read a book
  • Journal or write a poem
  • Count to 10 slowly
  • Listen to music or sing
  • Play cards or board games; do a cross word or word search
  • Create a list of positives
  • Get creative – do crafts, draw, paint, color, build something, take pictures. Use Pinterest for ideas
  • Bake or cook
  • Re-organize something
  • Play with a pet

Spend Time Outside

  • Swinging
  • Fly a kite
  • Go for a walk, run or jog
  • Bike
  • Pick up trash outside (with gloves)
  • Play with side walk chalk
  • Throw ball or Frisbee
  • Shoot hoops
  • Jump rope
  • Make an obstacle course
  • Do a scavenger hunt in the yard
 

Inside Exercise Activities

  • Stretching
  • Jumping jacks
  • Sit ups
  • Push ups
  • Toe touches
  • Dance
  • Yoga
  • Workout video games like Wii
  • Workout videos; many options on YouTube
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