FCS’ Alan Stillman: Tips for families coping with isolation (audio)

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Alan Stillman is an LCSW-R with Family Counseling Services, who called in this morning to discuss ways families with children can cope with some of the stress around isolation and COVID-19.

“We are a few weeks into our social distancing and a lot of families are beginning to stress out, both about the virus and because we are missing our normal routine,” Stillman said. “It is really important that we try to stick to some sense of normalcy during this time of uncertainty. This can be especially hard for families with children or teenagers.”

According to Stillman, one of the key factors to self-managing stress during the health emergency is to limit time focused on the virus and more time creating positive memories.

“Keep moving; go for a walk or a hike, ride bikes. We are still allowed to do these things” Stillman said. “Just stay a healthy distance from other families who are doing the same.”

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