These are confusing times. Normally, when we have an unexpected day off from school, we can hardly wait to celebrate. As a teacher, I remember waiting for the phone to ring at 4:30 in the morning announcing a snow-day. But, this is different.
For one thing, we can’t help but worry that someone we know and care about will get really sick or even die from the disease. As young people, you are less at-risk, but, you all know someone, maybe a grandparent, that you worry about.
There’s another thing that makes this situation extra stressful. We don’t know how long it’s going to last. Ask anybody who is claustrophobic—afraid of getting trapped in small places—and they’ll tell you the worst part is not knowing when it will end.
So, what is a strategy to help you get through this? Take it a day at a time. Anyone can get through one day of anything. That’s all you have to do. Don’t project the worst possible outcome. Stay in touch with your friends. Get outside, take a walk or ride your bike or scooter. Try to enjoy today as much as you can.
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