When life is put on pause and you find yourself with nowhere to go and no one to see, stress, anxiety and depression can creep in quickly. Here are a few self-care resources you can use to keep yourself mentally, emotionally and relationally healthy through the Coronavirus Pandemic and beyond.

There’s no doubt that many people will face financial hardship during the Coronavirus situation, but help may be easier than you think! Although assistance may vary depending on where you live and what companies you use, the bottom line is that some of the financial anxiety of keeping utilities turned on can be mitigated by a simple phone call. Various utilities (water, gas, electric, cellular/fiber optics/internet providers) have new, or very flexible, generous payment options – minimum. Many say they will not disconnect service for set periods of time regardless of payment and are automatically reconnecting service to people that have been disconnected. Often, companies are willing to work with people through a variety of programs. It’s well worth your time to call and see what works best in your individual situation.

How To Avoid Stress This Holiday Season

Holidays are wonderful times of the year, but it's easy to get caught up in trying to make each one the "best" holiday ever. A lot of holiday stress comes from that expectation. Although we all want to avoid holiday stress, it usually shows…

Can Self-Care Become Selfish?

Personally, I’m all about a good, professional massage. Karen, my massage therapist, magically melts away the stress that makes its home in my muscles. Oh my, your shoulders are angry! Yes, they are, Karen. Yes. They. Are.  Self-care…

6 Ways to Keep a Conversation From Getting Derailed

Holidays are supposed to be a time of love and joy when you gather and celebrate family, friends, and traditions. Those celebrations can easily be derailed when you find yourself in an uncomfortable or controversial conversation.  There’s…

5 Benefits of Being Thankful

Have you ever wondered how to make life better? How can you be happier, healthier, or more fulfilled? Having an attitude of gratitude could be one answer. You may have heard this little catchphrase before. It’s possible you just rolled your…

Can Empathy Be Learned?

If you clicked on this blog, you're either:  A.) Wondering if that person you have a hard time with has a chance of growing into an empathetic individual or if they're stuck as they are forever, or  B.) Trying to figure this…

The Art of Communication

Have you ever gotten frustrated with your spouse because they didn’t listen to you? Misunderstood someone? Been misunderstood? I have. We’ve all miscommunicated and misunderstood. As the poet said, “To err is human.”  At the…

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HOW UNCERTAINTY FUELS ANXIETY (AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT)

Uncertainty is all around us. And oftentimes, that uncertainty can lead to anxiety. But here are 9 ways you can deal with both the uncertainty and the anxiety you feel!

MY FAMILY HAS DIFFERENT OPINIONS ABOUT COVID-19 AND IT’S TEARING US APART

COVID-19 has seemed to turn a lot of things on its head. One of which might be your family! If your family can’t seem to find common ground over opinions about the pandemic, this video is for you. Join Reggie and Lauren as they talk through what you can to do keep your family from tearing apart!

HOW TO TALK ABOUT RACE WITH PEOPLE WHO DISAGREE WITH YOU

Seems impossible, right? Join Julie, Reggie, and Gena as they walk through 12 tips you can use to keep conversations civil, even with people you don’t see eye to eye with.

HOW TO DEAL WITH TOXIC FAMILY MEMBERS

How do you know if a family member is toxic? And if you do know, what can you do about it? Join Julie and Reggie as they talk about 4 things you can do to minimize the impact of toxicity in your family.

3 KEYS TO HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS

Relationships of every kind have plenty of challenges. So what does it take to have a great friendship, marriage, and more? Join Sarah and Reggie as they talk through the three most important keys to keeping a relationship healthy!

TIPS FOR COMMUNICATING EFFECTIVELY

Tired of your words getting lost in translation? Or not being on the same page with the people you love most? This 5-minute video has 3 simple tools you can use right away to be a better communicator.

3 WAYS TO HANDLE ANXIETY ABOUT NOT FINISHING WORK FROM HOME

Working from home can be a challenge, especially with young children at home. How do you overcome the anxiety of not getting your work done and potentially underperforming?

HOW TO MANAGE THE ANXIETY WE FEEL

The unknown creates anxiety and the curse of “too much information” causes anxiety. Remember, anxiety itself isn’t a bad feeling or emotion, it’s part of human nature. What matters is how we manage it. We can’t let it control us. Here are 8 ways you can manage anxiety for yourself and for the ones you love during the Coronavirus Outbreak.

DEALING WITH ANXIETY DURING THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK

Am I going to get this virus? Is someone I love going to get this? Will I have to stay in my house FOREVER? There’s a lot of unknowns in our world right now, and anxiety is higher for all of us. John Daum and Julie Munz Baumgardner offer great ways to relieve some anxiety for the whole family. Watch and breathe.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU FEEL LONELY IN QUARANTINE

For many of us, life in quarantine means life completely alone. How can an individual stay connected, stay positive, and stay growing during this time of isolation? Join FTF President and CEO Julie Baumgardner and Patti Howell, President of Healthy Relationships California, as they talk through the challenges of feeling lonely during quarantine and some tips to keep you connected to loved ones and feeling cared for and loved.

ARE YOU SETTING A GOOD EXAMPLE OF SELF-CARE FOR YOUR FAMILY?

We all know that self-care is important. Getting good sleep, drinking enough water, eating nutritious foods is all pretty ingrained in our heads. But what about taking time to be by yourself? Or reading a book for fun? Or indulging in a hobby every once in a while? Join Reggie Madison and Chris Ownby as they talk through the importance, and the challenges, of setting a good self-care example for your family.

HOW TO STAY POSITIVE DURING THE UNKNOWN

Social distancing can feel isolating for some and claustrophobic for others. No school. Lots of shut-downs. Low interaction with the outside world. The usual schedule and routine are chaos right now. The tension and anxiety over the COVID-19 outbreak is tangible, but we CAN stay POSITIVE. In this video, Julie Baumgardner, President & CEO of First Things First, gives 3 tips you can use to practice self-care during this time of quarantine.

HOW TO HELP FRIENDS WHO ARE STRUGGLING DURING COVID-19

It’s no secret that the COVID-19 outbreak has created a lot of challenges for many. Marriages are struggling, parents are exhausted, singles are lonely. And as a friend, it might seem like there’s nothing you can do about it.

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU’RE BORED DURING QUARANTINE

Have you watched everything on Netflix? Reached the bottom of Facebook? Read every book in your house and finished every puzzle? This quarantine has left many of us without the day-to-day distractions that we normally have, which has left us… pretty bored. But how can this “time off” be used for good? Join Gena Ellis and John Daum as they talk through the concept of boredom and how to combat it!

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