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Resources and Publications
For Students, Parents, and Staff During Health-Related School Closure

Links and Articles Related to College Admissions and Planning

  1. Coronavirus Silver Lining: Easier to Get Into Many Top Colleges
  2. COVID-19 Pandemic Spurs More Institutions To Go With Test-Optional Admissions
  3. How COVID-19 Will Affect The 2020 College Admissions Cycle
  4. How to Make College Decisions When Campuses Are Closed
  5. NACAC College Admission Status Update: Coronavirus Impact
  6. SAT and ACT College Tests Cancelled Due to Coronavirus

Links and Publications on Mental Wellness and Coronavirus

  1. Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19
  2. 7 science-based strategies to cope with coronavirus anxiety
  3. 5 Ways to Help Teens Manage Anxiety About the Coronavirus
  4.  How to Talk to Your Anxious Child or Teen About Coronavirus | Anxiety and Depression Association of America, ADAA
  5. Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook
  6. An adult’s guide to understanding grief and loss for youth in the time of Covid-19
  7. Acknowledging Loss for youth in the time of COVID-19: The changing social experience

Links and Publications Related to the impact of Social Distancing and Mental Wellness

  1. How to Prevent Loneliness in a Time of Social Distancing - Scientific American
  2. How social distancing for coronavirus could cause a loneliness epidemic

Links and Publications on Student Engagement via Online Learning

  1. Ten Ways to Overcome Barriers to Student Engagement Online
  2. Structuring a Distance Education Program to Attain Student Engagement

Please reach out to Guidance Department Staff for support and guidance pertaining to social, emotional matters and post-secondary planning that may be of concern during this time. Additional intellectual, emotional, social and physical wellness resources can be found under the Guidance and Healthy Edge sections of WHRHS website including emergency resources.



Self-Care Activities & Resources
From WHRHS Student Assistance Counselors

Whether during this particular situation or life in general, it is important to practice self-care. Try these 5 steps to help you stay well.

1. Have a daily routine - Creating structure in your day can help. Create a calendar with time built in for eating, school work, art, exercise, music, chores, socializing and sleep. Structure helps to organize the day and keep you engaged.

2. Step Away from Technology - Technology has provided huge strides in information sharing, but it can also cause stress, loneliness, physical ailments and sleep deprivation. Unplugging and taking some time to reconnect with yourself and be present in the activities taking place around you can be incredibly valuable.

  • Take a Mindful Walk -Take advantage of the time out of school, and go for a walk outside every day. Try to find 3-5 things that make each sense come alive. Focus on each one for a few seconds as you walk. What can you see, hear, taste, touch and smell.
  • Unplug from your Phone/Social Media - Even though this can be a difficult time, given the lack of face to face interactions with friends/teachers/family, it is still important to give yourself time every day without technology/social media.
  • Hang Out with Your Pet - Pets are wonderful and are really good at soothing us when we are stressed, sad, or angry. Here are some fun ways to make spending time with your pet even better.

3. Breathe - Deep breathing is one of the easiest, most convenient and natural tools that we have to combat stress. Extra oxygen does wonders for the body and mind. It cleanses, opens and soothes different parts of our being and is overall something extremely healthy we can all do.

4. Stay Active - Physical activity can have a positive effect on mood by relieving the tension, anxiety, anger, and mild depression that often go hand-in-hand with stress. Physical activity can also help take your mind off your worries. The repetitive motions involved in exercise promote a focus on your body, rather than your mind. By concentrating on the rhythm of your movements, you experience many of the same benefits of meditation while working out.

5. Practice Mindfulness - Mindfulness is an incredible tool to help us understand, tolerate, and deal with our emotions in healthy ways. It can also help to focus our attention, as well as to observe our thoughts and feelings without judgment

WHRHS Student Assistance Counselors and School Counselors continue to be available for support and guidance during this time. Additional intellectual, emotional, social and physical wellness resources can be found under the Guidance and Healthy Edge sections of WHRHS website including emergency resources.