CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE
If you have general questions about COVID-19, call 211 or text COVID19 to 211-211.
If you or someone you know is struggling emotionally, free & confidential help is available 24/7.
- Disaster Distress Helpline: Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call 1-800-273-8255 or Online Chat
- Crisis Text Line: Text HOPELINE to 741741
- Fond du Lac County Crisis Intervention: (920) 929-3535
- The Iris Place Warm Line: (920) 815-3217
THINGS TO DO AT HOME DURING SOCIAL DISTANCING
- Spring clean your home – Get those gloves out and scrub to your heart’s content! Have kids, and need to make a somewhat daunting chore more fun? Blogs such as SunnyDayFamily have spring cleaning games for kids!
- Relax and read – Take time to simply sit back and enjoy a good book. If you do not have access to any new books at home, there are many sites to download free books such as BookRix or ABC Mouse (for kids).
- Try some new recipes – Sites such as AllRecipes provide kid-friendly recipes that are fun and easy to make at home.
- Attend to your physical health – With many gyms now closed, consider going for a walk outside or taking advantage of online free workouts! Sites such as Fitness Blender have free videos, with no equipment necessary to help get you moving.
- Practice Mindfulness – Both kids and adults can benefit from a mindfulness activity. Mindfulness can help you to live in the moment, let go of negative emotions, and aid with decreasing stress and anxiety.
- Try some fun arts and crafts – There are tons of kid-friendly sites for arts and crafts such as Parents and Easy Peasy & Fun which give access to free craft ideas.
- Give yourself permission to be unproductive – Don’t get caught up in the pressure to make the most of every second of new-found free time. Give yourself and others around you permission to grieve, be afraid, to sit with these emotions, and simply slow down. Allow yourself to feel the reality of what you’re going through. Reach out to family and friends or journal your feelings. Remember: you don’t have to constantly present a brave face to the world if you’re having a tough time. If negative emotions start to become too much, make use of the crisis & non-crisis mental health resources listed above.