Tips for Managing Wellbeing

Tips for Keeping a Sense of Normalcy During this Time of Heightened Public Risk

The following are examples of ideas for helping to maintain a sense of normalcy while under the County Shelter in Place Order due to COVID-19 precautions:

  • Get outside - take a walk on the Los Gatos Creek Trail or check out other Los Gatos Parks and Trails (just maintain 6 ft. social distance between others and do not use playgrounds).
  • Visit the website of your favorite local exercise studio for online offerings. 
  • Check out eBook services through the Los Gatos Library webpage.
  • Learn a new fitness or yoga routine you can do at home. 
  • Check out Los Gatos Saratoga Recreation’s virtual classes and activities. 
  • Try out a new arts and crafts project with the kids. 
  • Bake cookies or test out a new recipe. 
  • Video call your friends and family to check in.
  • Practice meditation.
  • If you are age 50+ check out www.bayareaolderadults.org for free virtual lectures on various topics and guided relaxation classes.

Tips for Supporting Children During Infectious Disease Outbreaks

There may be children or young people in your life who experience distress. As a trusted adult, you can help reassure and educate them about COVID-19 – it can be good to talk to them now, so they can understand the illness and be reassured.

If you feel the child or young person is getting distressed through this conversation, reassure them and end it. Children react to stress differently than adults – they may withdraw or behave in a more ‘babyish’ way, seem anxious or clingy, be preoccupied with illness in their play or drawing, have problems sleeping or nightmares, or may get physical symptoms such as stomachaches or headaches. Here are some tips for supporting children and young people:

  • Reassure them they are safe.
  • Encourage them to talk about how they feel. 
  • Tell them they can ask questions and answer in plain language appropriate to their age. Be honest but avoid details that may cause them anxiety.
  • Tell them that feeling upset or afraid is normal, it’s good to talk about it & they’ll feel better soon.
  • Be understanding - they may have problems sleeping, throw tantrums or wet the bed. With support & care, it will pass. 
  • Give extra love and attention.
  • Remember children look to their parents to feel safe & know how to respond. Share that you are upset too but know that you will be fine together.  
  • Try to keep normal routines. 

Tips for Managing Overall Wellbeing During Infectious Disease Outbreaks

  • Spend time in places that feel safe and comfortable as much as possible.
  • Tell yourself that how you are feeling is a normal reaction and will pass- it is nothing to be afraid of.
  • Video call your usual supports - family, friends, and workmates. Sharing how we feel and offering support to others is important.
  • Try to stick to normal routines as much as possible - mealtimes, bedtime, exercise, etc.
  • Keep active - taking a walk, working out or practicing yoga at home can improve general wellbeing and help distract from distressing feelings.