COVID – Connections – The days are running together

(New Philadelphia, Ohio) – While things are slowly starting to get back to normal, the days for many are still running together.

This information series is brought to you by the Tuscarawas County Anti-Drug Coalition.

Do you feel like the current state of society is getting the best of you? Well, you’re not alone. This is something households across the nation are experiencing. But, with all of the uncertainty in the world right now, Tuscarawas County Anti-Drug Coalition leaders are encouraging you to take this opportunity to talk to your kids. Not only to hear their thoughts about the things happening in today’s world but also to address the use of drugs and/or alcohol.

Officials explain that it is important our kids understand that the use of substances will not ease the stress and pressures and that the chances of them becoming addicted increases dramatically for youth.

Here are a few tips from the ADC as we all work to navigate these challenging times.

1.) Just Breathe

Take time to just walk away from household chores and get outside as a family. Grab a glass of ice tea and just breathe. Take a few slow, deep breaths (inhale for five seconds and exhale for 5 seconds). Doing this will make a huge difference. Then, when you’re ready, talk about what has you stressed.

2.) Get it Off Your Chest

Don’t forget that talking about the things causing you stress is some of the best medicine. Sometimes just talking about your problems and stressors, just saying them out loud, can help you better cope and even identify solutions.

3.) Don’t Over Do It

Remember that you and your children can only do so much. It is very important to remember that you cannot tackle everything. Narrow down your list of things to do and prioritize what is most important to you.

For more information and resources when it comes to taking to your kids about substance use, visit

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