MENTAL & PHYSICAL HEALTH

The strain of quarantine, working from home, finances, homeschooling, concerns for loved ones and more is a lot to bear. Here are some helpful articles and contacts.

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If you are or someone you know is experiencing family violence and need someone to talk to, call the AWARE Helpline in Singapore 
at 1800 777 5555

SUICIDE PREVENTION

Feeling desperate? There are suicide hotlines across the globe. Click on the link below to figure out how to get help where you live.

ADDICTION

Are you or somebody struggling with an addiction made all the worse by the stress of COVID19? Check this amazing list of resources.

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Motivational Pressure

A trauma psychologist from Beirut weighed in on this idea that we should be extra productive right now, and she didn't mince words. 

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Explaining COVID19

Kids do better when they aren’t in the dark. But just how much should you tell them? What words do you use?

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Homeschool Help

Being at home with your kids for weeks on end will be a challenge for all. Read up on this advice from a therapist about how to survive with ten specific activities you can do to help. Check out other advice about homeschooling.

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Feeling Nervous?

A great resource with lots of information for anybody who might be feeling anxious about COVID-19.

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Custody & Covid19

How parents are handling custody during the middle of a pandemic.

Too Much Time?

This Newsweek article examines how too much time together with both spouses working at home can lead to big problems.

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Resilience

This collection of printable worksheets, posters, activities, and coloring pages designed to help children develop grit, resilience, and perseverance. It’s not free, but not too pricey either if you have a kid who needs to learn to be more resilient.

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Therapy Apps

The coronavirus pandemic has us all a little scared. These apps can help you find therapy and other mental health resources—or just help you stay calm during the outbreak.

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Be a Good Neighbor

We all need each other more than ever just now. This great article from Vice has some suggestions about how to help those who need you most.

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Staying Social

It’s important to keep up your social connections when you’re isolating. Here are some great tips about how you can do that.

Financial Strain

Worried about your finances? That’s totally understandable. Here are eight steps offered by CNBC to help.

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Uneasy Feeling

That discomfort you're feeling is actually grief.

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Children at Risk

Hundreds of thousands of vulnerable U.S. children could face a heightened risk of abuse and neglect as coronavirus-related school closures keep them at home and away from the nation’s biggest group of hotline tipsters — educators. Here's a helpline for kids. 
 

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Held Kids Destress

This virus situation is hard on adults and all the harder on children. How can you make your kids feel safe during this time of crisis?

Royal Advice

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry share mental health advice during the coronavirus pandemic: 'There doesn’t have to be loneliness'  They included the Instagram handles for international support resources that, in addition to offering services, also need volunteers: Crisis Text LineShout U.K. and Kids Help Phone.

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Get Therapy Now

Online cognitive behavioural therapy site.

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Manage Anxiety

As the COVID-19 crisis continues, it’s all too easy to get swept along by the world’s collective anxiety. Here, Claire Holmes explores how being ‘purposely present’ at this time can be helpful. We can’t control the news or other people’s reactions; we only have control over ourselves and how we respond, she says..

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Be Your Best Self

 In a special virtual conversation with head of TED Chris Anderson and current affairs curator Whitney Pennington Rodgers, she shares wisdom on how to build resilience, courage and joy in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Teen Agony

The world seems to be falling apart just now thanks to coronavirus. And it probably doesn’t help that your kids seem to be falling apart, too. They just want to be with their friends. Social distancing is particularly hard on teens.

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11 Tips for Calm

 A question that we all face is: How can we be as calm and happy as we can be, under these circumstances?

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7 Cups

This is the world's largest emotional support system and has been touted by many as a great place to get help.

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Child & Teen Support

Children and adolescent mental health support resource and have special resources for people dealing with 
covid-19.

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Mindfulness

Stress less.
Move more.
Sleep soundly.
Used by 60 million people.

Actionable Steps

Change your life by taking these actionable steps.

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Bereavement

Bereavement counseling for people in the UK.

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Global Phone Help

Whatever you’re going through, a Samaritan will face it with you. We’re here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with phone counseling across the globe.

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Elderly Coping

A psychologist specializing in older people gives advice on how they can handle the threat and uncertainty—and how their adult children and others can help.

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10 Anxiety Tips

These simple tips will help you relax and put things in perspective — in between washing your hands, of course.

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Mr. Rogers' Advice

What wise counsel would

Mr. Rogers give if he were still alive today? His widow offers suggestions.

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Living Alone

How do we live through this collective long-term trauma...specially if we're weathering it alone?

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Sleep Apps

Living with short-term or chronic insomnia can be challenging. It can affect your physical and mental health in ways that extend far beyond waking up feeling groggy. But a resource for getting more restful sleep may be right in the palm of your hand.

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New Way to Mourn

Online video conferencing is just one way grieving families are learning to cope and connect at a time when large funerals can't happen.

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Coping with Teens

With school closures, canceled proms and stricter stay-at-home measures, many teens are feeling disappointed and anxious. From talking to your teens about the current health crisis to ensuring their safety and mental well-being, here are some tips to help them cope.

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Alcoholics

Here's a great video for somebody discussing alcoholism during lockdown.

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Saying Goodbye

Under the current restrictions, it's virtually impossible to gather for funerals and memorial services. So how do you say goodbye when someone you love dies?

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Social Distancing

Struggling to cope with social distancing? Here are a few tips to help get your through.

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Social Media Helps

Social media usage among teens is something that has concerned parents and teachers for years, with each subsequent generation seemingly more addicted to electronics than the one before. But it might end up being the thing that saves them.

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Wedded Bliss?

Self-quarantine put a strain on my marriage and then something amazing happened.

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Third Culture Kids

Third culture kids may fare much better in the current crisis.

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Book for Kids

A book to help explain Covid-19 to young children. You can download for free. If you purchase it, proceeds go to charity. If you enjoyed the free book, you may donate to the following Fund's here.

Book for Kids

Another great book for slightly older kids. If you enjoyed the free book, you may donate to help the UK health services here.

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Big List of Apps

Apps help lead us and remind us to practice self-care every day. Below are apps  recommend by University of California, San Francisco. Many have been shown to be effective in evidence-based research. 

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Guard Your Health

Here are five simple things recommnded by WebMD to safeguard your health during lockdown.

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Protect Your Family

Worried about your family's mental health during the crisis? Here's some good advice.

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Staying Healthy

Need some tips on how to stay mentally and physically fit during the restrictions? Check this article out.

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Survival Guide

Here's a great survival guide to staying home through the crisis.

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Good Sleep Habits

Having trouble sleeping? That's normal during these times. Here are some great tips to help you geta  good night's rest.

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Core Yoga

Core Power Yoga for people of all levels whether you're a beginner or a pro and the classes go from 10 to 60 minutes.

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Healthy Eating

Choosing the right food during lockdown can help your mental health, too. 

Priority: Nutrition

 Healthy eating is especially important for keeping your immune system in top condition. Here are some steps you can take to eat healthy in the times of COVID.

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Supporting Kids

Here are some great tips about how to support your kids and teens during the crisis.

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Avoid Burnout

We may be working from home for a long time. So how do you avoid burnout? 

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Money Help

If your income has fallen or been cut off completely, we’re here to help. This guide from the New York Times will connect you to the basic information you’ll need to get through this, including on government benefits, free services and financial strategies.

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Clean Your Phone

A breeding ground for bacteria at the best of times, smartphones, tablets and laptops need to be cleaned more than ever to help limit the spread of the coronavirus. Here are a few simple and quick tips on how to do it.

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Love During Covid

These days are not normal for anybody. They just aren’t. Families are stressed in ways they may never have been before. When everybody’s together, stuck behind closed doors 24/7, it can magnify those little things in your relationships that drive you batty; and they can become giant issues. So how do we all survive love in the time of COVID-19?

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Clashing Over the Virus

Don't see eye to eye with relatives about how serious the virus is or how to approach social distancing? Don't worry, you're not alone.

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Free Fitness Classes

Online business is booming, and yes…we all know why. But this new reality is also an opportunity to shake up your routines, favourite studio or teacher and dive into the abundance of offers out there! Let’s start local – and free! This article also lists international classes and apps.

Just Surviving Is OK

Can all the lockdown motivators get lost: the last thing any of us is going to come out of this with is a new skill.

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Celebrating Birthdays

Lockdown or not, we still have birthdays. How can you celebrate in the time of covid? 

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Bereaved Children

Loss is always hard on children, but particularly hard during this pandemic. Here is some advice for helping kids through loss.

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Marital Strain in Covid

Being together 24/7 can be really hard on couples Here's a great article to help see you through quarantine.

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Worried about Food

Super stressed you might run out of food? You're not alone. Read on.

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Working From Home

Why is working from home so exhausting?

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Don't Give In

We all have moments of panic, but we just can't give into it. Here are a few thoughts on how to not let it take over.

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How to Stay Happy

Great advice about how to manage your mental health during COVID-19 from the Yale professor who teaches a class in happiness.

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The Silver Lining

COVID-19 is tough in so many ways,, but there is some good amidst all this, too.

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COVID's Toll

How will COVID-19 affect children for years to come?

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Long-distance Grief

Losing somebody during the lockdown is incredibly hard as you can't hold a traditional funeral or memorial. Here are some suggestions about how to honor your loved one?

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Job Loss in SG

What happens if an expat loses a in Singapore? Here's everything  you need to know to navigate the change.

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Drinking Habits

How has the pandemic affected you drinking habits? For many, it's been an incredibly challenging time.

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Quarantine Fatigue

What actually *is* quarantine fatigue? Signs and symptoms, plus eight ways to get rid of it.

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