TAMPA, Fla. — Wednesday marked the first day back to brick-and-mortar classes for many students in the Tampa Bay area as they began their second semester.
Pediatrician Dr. Lara Cavanaugh said the pandemic increased the anxiety among her patients.
"I have seen several students come in who are pretty much at a breaking point," Dr. Cavanaugh said.
Dr. Cavanaugh said a few simple exercises can help ease the stress.
She said breathing exercises mixed with a well balanced diet, adequate sleep and Vitamin D can help ease the anxiety.
"The nice things about kids is they're very resilient and they're very adaptable to change and sometimes I think that they can teach parents about resiliency and adaptation," Dr. Cavanaugh said.
Mother of two Michelle Caruvana knows all too well about adaptation.
She was never a stay at home mom, but the pandemic led her in that direction.
"What we're doing is taking it one day at a time with the pandemic and with our children," Caruvana said.
Caruvana said the best thing she and her husband could do was educate themselves about the CDC guidelines and breathe.
They sent their daughter back to school when they reopened.
After the Thanksgiving break her 4-year-old was sent home for ten days to quarantine after someone at her school contracted the virus.
"All of the panic set in for a minute, but the school did a really great job at kind of helping us educate ourselves," Caruvana said. "The biggest thing that we learned was to give ourselves a break and give ourselves some love because having kids around all day whether you are a stay-at-home parent or whether you are working from home or you go to work these are times that we're all not certain of."
Caruvana said one thing parents need to remember is they are not alone.
"The biggest thing that we have learned is you know is to just give yourself some love, breathe and actually enjoy the time with the kids," Caruvana said.