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Raise your hand if you are feeling stressed? There is a lot going on in the world right now and it might be taking a toll on you and your family. Here are some basic ideas and resources to help you relax and hopefully find a few moments of peace. 

Connect

Reach out to a friend or family member. Make eye contact and smile at the grocery store clerk or coffee shop barista.

Breathe

Deep breaths can help, take no time, and cost nothing. Give it a try or watch this video or check out this article to walk you through some very basic breathing exercises:

Mini Mindfulness Breathing with Andy

8 Breathing Exercises to Use When You Feel Anxious

Move

Go for a walk, do a workout, stretch and get into your body. We recommend:

Beginner’s Yoga from local yoga teacher Christina

Guided Stretch

Cardio Dance

Tai Chi

Seek Support

If you are having a very bad time, please reach out for help. The Library offers free access to our social work intern. You can contact Lizzy Marks at socialworkintern@fppl.org. Other mental health resources include:

National Suicide Prevention Hotline:  800-273-7255

NAMI Metro Suburban– 708-524-2582

Proviso Township Mental Health Commission

Emotional Support Text Line

Relax

What do you find relaxing? Reading, writing, watching a movie? Find something that will bring you joy. Check out some of our recommendations here. 

Journal Prompts for Relieving Stress

Books & Movie Recommendations

Distract

Find something to do that takes your mind off of your current stress. Sign up for a class (or watch one on FPPL TV) or make something.

Family Resources

FPPL TV

Cooking Class with Ashley

DIY Window Paint

Drawing Tutorial

Disconnect

Here is the most bold idea. Get off the internet and social media. A digital detox could be just the thing to make you feel a little better. 

For Families

Teens and Mental Health
Mini Mindfulness Videos for Kids