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How to protect you and your child’s mental health while staying home

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TUCSON (KVOA) - During this pandemic, many children are isolated from their friends, outside activities and their everyday life.

So, how do we make the most out of these unprecedented times? How can we thrive mentally while being stuck at home?

News 4 Tucson spoke with Patricia Williams, a therapist for Pathways Arizona. She gave us some tips.

"I think that it's important to remember, as strange as the world seems to us as adults," Williams said, "We have a lifetime of coping skills and our 9-year-old has 9 years of coping skills."

Williams recommends taking this time to get creative.

"Again, writing letters, calling your friends, acknowledging that this is hard and then you hear from them, oh it's hard too," Williams said. "So, again it's that feeling of comradery and we're not doing this alone."

While many are turning to tablets, TV's and cellphones during this time of isolation, she recommends taking a break.

"If you're getting sucked into all the different things that are happening in the world right now and not giving yourself a break," Williams said. "You could get really anxious and really depressed and our kids too. Having the TV playing in the background even. We have to be careful about that."

While every age and every child handles staying at home differently; she says one of the best ways to help someone is validating their feelings.

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