Take 5 – Resources to Help With COVID-19 Stress

Parents are understandably stressed by the COVID-19 pandemic – economic strain, health worries, being homebound with kids all day long, being teacher and parent, and more. Acknowledging the stress and isolation parents and caregivers face, a team from Seattle Children’s and Harborview Abuse and Trauma Center worked together to create a quick resource for families to help manage in-the-moment pressure and anger. Review the tips below and Take 5… Being a parent right now is very challenging. You CAN do this! When you’re frustrated, Take 5. 1. Stop. Step Away. Give yourself space. 2. Take a short break to breathe. Allow your heart rate to return to normal. 3. Remind yourself, “I can do this” or “It’s important to stay calm.” 4. Ask yourself, “How can I handle this in a way that I will feel good about?” 5. If possible, ask for support from a partner or family member