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Self-Care for Adults and Caregivers

Remember, the best way to take care of those you love, is to take care of yourself, too.  During this stressful time, it is important that you do your best to treat yourself with kindness and compassion.  As much as you can, try to:  get adequate sleep, eat nutritious meals, build in both physical activity and moments of relaxation during the day, stay connected to sources of support, and reach out for help when you need it. 
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Virtual Calming Rooms
sounds and music, visual relaxation, coloring, guided practice, and more 
These apps are great for adults/parents/caregivers and to use with older students.  By no means should these apps replace therapy, but they can be a great additional tool to use. Each of the apps is available for free download on Google Play and in the App Store. 
Woebot is an app that gives you the opportunity to talk through and process some of your feelings of anxiety and depression. The woebot, a computer coach, uses cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) practices to walk people through calming exercises, and can give them someone to talk to. Woebot can also check in on you daily to see how you are doing and give you support. 
Sanvello is also an app that has roots in CBT and is designed to support people with anxiety. It includes guided meditations, a daily mood tracker, and other activities and videos. It can be set to alert you daily so that you can check in and work through any anxiety you might be feeling. 
Breathe2Relax - Apps on Google Play
This simple app is perfect for helping people practice deep breathing. It includes visuals that you can follow as you breathe. It also can be customized to the breathing pattern that you would like.