FACTS students meet weekly in small learning communities to focus on social and emotional learning. One activity had them thinking about what they do to relieve stress and relax. They brainstormed the following list.
“What to do in a Pandemic” – Advice from 5th – 8th Graders at FACTS
Go for a walk but stay six foot
You can relax, watch scary movies, and study.
Treat yourself when you finish your classwork with video games or a video
I would jog in place.
Make a goal and set a deadline
Learn a new skill (cooking, painting)
Eat cheese puffs
Listen to your favorite music! (It can be calm or chaotic–your choice!)
Read A Book Let time pass…
Have safe contact with your friends
Eating candy – Have a SNACK!!!
Go into a closet and bring your mobile with you so you won’t get paranoid because so many people are there.
Find peaceful activities
Stay home and don’t interact with people who don’t live in your house
Exercise to relieve stress: Push-ups, Jump rope, Meditation
Bake with family
Lock your door in case your brother annoys you when they come in your room
I would play a game with my sister.
Do things u like
Read a book! (You can reread a favorite book or read a new book that you’ve never read before!)
When your siblings are bothering you, you should play with them.
Walk In A Park!
If siblings are annoying you: Annoy them back, pretend to not hear them, prank them,
Make sure to watch shows that aren’t about a pandemic so you don’t get anxious.
Wear whatever you want. (No uniform)
Play an instrument if you have one
Bribe my sister to stop bothering me.
Sleep whenever you’d like to
Find yourself a hobby like sewing or baking
Make a film
Bond with siblings
Write a story! (Writing helps me calm down when I’m stressed, so you can try it out too!)
If you are lonely at home, you can post messages on social media to text to your friends.
Decorate Your Mask – Draw on it!
Workout at home
Make sure to call family and friends to not feel isolated.
Re-decorate your room
Take at least 1 hour off the screen each day to read or to bother your siblings
Sit on things that feel nice to you
Help your parents out with chores
Attempt a challenge
Try new things
Talk to someone if you are stressed
If you have troubles with your schoolwork or homework, you can always email your teachers for help.
Learn Something New!
Taking a longer shower
Have time to play/be silly
Have a pet to comfort you.
Stay in touch with teachers
Order food, clothes, essentials instead of going out to get them, it’s less risky.
When it’s your birthday get a whole cake because you deserve it – YOUR birthday is at home!
You can play with your toys, and let your siblings join.
Study on your computer to learn new things
What to do when you want to get fit: do yoga, do random dances, run, do chores
When you feel bored at home, you can always take a walk.
Stay calm, eat and play video games. Repeat.