Feeling stressed? Tips for managing anxiety and staying healthy

Remember awkward, sweaty handshakes before meetings? Watching a summer blockbuster in a crowded theater? Sending your kids off to school on a crowded bus? Shopping leisurely in grocery stores that were always fully stocked?

Living during the “new normal” caused by COVID-19 is anything but normal. The current world-wide coronavirus crisis has ravaged the way we all go about living. It has been stressful for everyone.

Stress is an equal opportunity bully. From kids to seniors, many people these days are struggling with feelings of confusion and fear because no one can say for sure when the challenges of this current way of life will be over.

When stress is chronic, it can affect your health in physical, psychological, psychosocial, and psychospiritual ways. To get by, it’s important to pay attention to you and your loved one’s mental health.

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Monitoring your body temperature: what’s normal?

The experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continue to recommend self-monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19, such as difficulty breathing, fatigue, dry cough, and fever (or an elevated body temperature of 100.4° Fahrenheit or more).

As the “Stay at Home” orders are relaxing across the state of Indiana, more and more Hoosiers are returning to work and starting to go out again. Safety and vigilance are vital for keeping our community as healthy as possible and minimize the spread of COVID-19.

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How to feed a picky eater

Spend any amount of time around strong-willed children, and you’ll quickly discover just how common it is for kids to be finicky about something.

Some forms of fussy behavior are easier to ignore than others. Though it might be annoying, you can generally make it work if your daughter insists on wearing princess dresses every day, or your son says he will only brush his teeth using a red toothbrush.

But, unfortunately, other hard-to-please behaviors that sometimes pop up as a phase of child development, like choosiness when it’s time to eat, can be intimidating and harder to deal with. But don’t give up. You are not alone, and a different outcome at mealtime is possible.

Keep reading to learn how to avoid mealtime battles and raise kids who aren’t afraid of food (and might even be willing try new, healthy things).

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