How to care for yourself as a parent during COVID-19

Care for yourself is just as important! Kids regulate in response to the adults around them, so the calmer you are, the calmer they will be. Here are just a few ways to help you keep your cool in these changing times:


  • Acknowledge your anxieties and/or frustrations.
  • Journal or draw your feelings.
  • Talk to trusted adults (especially if you are a single parent!).


  • Do some hard things that don’t involve virus prepping (e.g. sudoku, crosswords, logic games).
  • Get creative! Do arts and crafts with your kids. Plan a dream vacation. Redesign your home. Try a new hobby.
  • Read for fun (not the news!)



  • Eat healthy food as much as you can, but don’t beat yourself up for comfort eating or eating what’s left on the shelf.
  • Get adequate sleep.
  • Get some physical exercise. (Try online fitness or yoga videos.)


  • Ask for help.
  • Do follow helpful accounts (Try @DrBeckyAtHome.)
  • Limit consumption of news.
  • Reach out to family and friends.


  • Find some breath prayers to pray (e.g. “Lord, help me.” “God, you’re in control.”).
  • Keep attending church. (Live stream or listen to saved sermons if necessary.)
  • Memorize and/or write down Scriptures that you can read to stay grounded. (Job 19:25-27, Job 42:1, Psalm 46, Psalm 48:14, Psalm 57:11, Psalm 58:16, Micah 7:7, John 3:14-15)

– Sarah Earles, MS, LPC, Child & Family Therapist