SNJPC's Teen Outreach Program (TOP) has compiled a list of fun things young people can do while at home during the coronavirus. Those who try out suggestions are encouraged to send pictures of their efforts to BeSafe@snjpc.org and use the hashtag #snjpcPeriodt for any social media postings.
COMMUNITY SERVICE LEARNING IDEAS
- Long distance hug: Trace your hand prints and cut them out. It does not have to be perfect. Color them, make designs, whatever makes you happy. Glue them onto the ends of an arm’s length of ribbon. Give them to family and friends or save them for when you return to school.
- Kindness notes: write a note of thanks to those who serve the community. Consider the many firefighters, police officers, those working in grocery stores, nurses and doctors. On the other hand, write them all. Do not forget your letter carriers and municipal workers.
- Read to others: Read a book each night to your young brothers or sisters. Parents or grandparents might love it too.
- Kids for Peace Global has many ideas and activities for families:
- Peaceful pen pal letters
- Create a kindness rainbow
- Create an entry for “I am powerful” for Kids Peace Book
- Write positive messages on post it notes and leave them for your family to see
STRESS REDUCERS YOU CAN TRY AT HOME
- Listening to music: Classical music, nature sounds or calming instruments have been shown to reduce stress as well as lower heart rate and blood pressure. With music, it is all about personal preference. Therefore, while slow, calming tunes work for most people, the type of music that works best for you is music that you like to listen to.
- Drawing/Art: Creating art can help you acknowledge and recognize feelings that have been lurking in your subconscious. Art can help take your mind off whatever may causing you stress.
- Vision Board: A vision board is a therapeutic collage that uses pictures, words or anything that is meaningful to you to help bring that energy into your life. Manifestation boards are positive and life affirming.
- Exercise: There are a lot of videos online and on TV that show you a lot of fun and easy exercises you can do in your home.
- Deep Breathing: Taking slow deep breaths helps you relax. It also helps reduce stress and lowers blood pressure. Deep breathing helps promote a relaxation response in the body. It does so by inhibiting the production of stress-related hormones. All you need to do is take a slow, deep breath in for 3 to 4 seconds. Then, slowly exhale for another 3 to 4 seconds. After a few breaths, you will feel more relaxed and calm.
- Meditation: Meditation involves sitting in a relaxed position and clearing your mind, or focusing your mind on one thought and clearing it of all others. You may focus on a sound, like "ooommm," or on your own breathing, counting, a mantra or nothing at all.
- Eat Healthy: Eating a healthy diet can reduce the negative effects of stress on your body. A healthy diet builds a solid, more enduring foundation for your body by reducing oxidation and inflammation and by helping to reduce weight gain. Nutrients from healthy foods can help improve blood flow in the body.
- Sleep: Sleep is a powerful stress reducer. Following a regular sleep routine calms and restores the body, improves concentration, regulates mood and sharpens judgment and decision-making. You are a better problem solver and are better able to cope with stress when you are well rested.
- Journaling: One of the most effective ways to reduce stress with journaling is to write in detail about feelings and thoughts related to stressful events and brainstorm solutions.
- Talk to Family and Friends: Talking to family and friends during stressful times can help to ease feelings of uneasiness and allow you express what you may be feeling. Friends and family may also help you come up with healthy ways to cope and handle feelings of stress or anxiety.