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Dear Parents,

During this pandemic when we are spending more time than ever with family, I thought some of these questions might open the door to a better answer to "How was your day" than an "it was okay".  Your child's teachers and I are watching closely at the emotional status of each of our students to ensure that they are feeling safe and secure whether in school or remote.  Sometimes it is hard to decipher and that is where we count on you as parents to let us know of any anxiety or stress that your child might be experiencing.  And if your child is handling everything well, these questions may make for an entertaining story.

Stay Well,
Donna O'Donnell

The Importance of HUMOR 

During These Crazy Times

Studies show that humor has the power to reduce fear and anxiety and help us manage disappointments.  This pretty much sums up what this pandemic has us all feeling. Teachers are stressed, parents are stressed, and students are stressed.  We can let the things that we can’t control make us feel terrible or… we can laugh.  We are not laughing at the seriousness of COVID-19 or the lives that have been impacted by this terrible virus, but at all the wild experiences we have had over the past year. Toilet paper shortages, crazy mask faces and teaching grandparents how to ZOOM are all part of this unforgettable year. The words social distancing and quarantining became part of our everyday language and we have a new appreciation for washing our hands.

Psychologist and author Brian King states that laughter provides relief when times are tough, improves our mood, and helps the body calm down. King tells us that the “primary benefit we receive from laughing is lower levels of stress hormones.”  

Laughter helps us build resilience and releases endorphins which are the body’s “feel good” hormones.  We can find laughter so easily these days.  There are books, sitcoms and movies, podcasts and of course, social media.  With all the family time that the pandemic has provided us with, there is definitely laughter to be found in our children, pets and all the fun times shared by loved ones. So when you feel like you have just about reached your boiling point, take a deep breath and just start laughing. It won’t change the situation but it will certainly make you feel a little bit better.

Additional Resources

How humor can help you during the pandemic

Is it OK to laugh during a pandemic?

How humor can ease the stress of COVID-19

Humor in the time of COVID

Tips to Stay Positive

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