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Perspective is key to reduce kids’ pandemic-induced stress, psychologist says

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KIDS MENTAL HEALTH

PEORIA (WEEK) - As children head back to school, whether it's in-person, online, or a hybrid of both, it's going to be a much different experience for them.

Local mental health experts say it's important for your kids to focus on perspective.

Psychologist Barbara Toohill from The Antioch Group says that in mental health, perspective is nine-tenths of wellness.

As we continue forward with ongoing shutdowns, restrictions, cancelled activities and sports, Toohill says students are feeling waves of sadness, stress, and loss.

Toohill says while kids are aware of what we can't do right now, it's good to focus on what we can do.

"Focus our mind and energy on things that are happening right now that wouldn't happen before. Being able to drink your coffee in the morning and rather than just racing out the door. While those things don't remove the pain points, they definitely broaden out the picture a little bit."

Toohill adds that children are experiencing nervousness not being able to see their friends.

It's important, she says, for parents to watch the language used around them, so speaking words of gratitude and hopefulness are feelings that carry into their day.

Trisha Christakes

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