How to Stay Calm and Be More Productive: Coronavirus News and Tools

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic stretches on, many families are trying to juggle working from home while helping kids with distance learning. Educators and employers are feeling stressed too.

We scoured the web for news stories and free resources that can help kids and adults who learn and think differently stay calm and be more productive.

This roundup includes free tools to help struggling readers, plus a fun way to celebrate small successes—like changing out of your pj’s before noon.

For Everyone

  • A Simple Guide to Working/Learning From Home: In this new video, How to ADHD’s Jessica McCabe teams up with graphic artist (and ADHD web comic) Dani Donovan to explain time blocking and other helpful strategies.
  • Coronavirus Sanity Guide: Ten Percent Happier’s free guided meditations include a daily livestream and audio clips on topics like how to use handwashing time to help re-center yourself.
  • That Discomfort You’re Feeling Is Grief: Harvard Business Review gives a name to what many of us are feeling—and expert tips on how to manage these feelings.

For Families

For Educators

For Employers

Help for Struggling Readers

Students who have trouble with reading may have an especially tough time adjusting to new tools and platforms for distance learning. These reading resources are free while schools are closed:

  • Bookshare: Have dyslexia? Students with a qualifying reading barrier can get free access to over 800,000 e-books in easy-to-read formats like audio and “karaoke-style” text highlighting.
  • Scholastic Learn at Home: This free resource hub includes daily projects for kids and access to Scholastic’s ScienceFlix and TrueFlix libraries, which have read-aloud features.
  • BeeLine Reader: Use this color gradient on web pages and Google Docs to guide your eyes from one line of text to the next. Educators can sign up students for free access through September 1. Families can sign up kids for free access through May 1.

Celebrate Small Successes

It’s not easy learning how to do things like stick to a new schedule or log on to a new tool. Make an “accomplishment box” to help kids and adults see these accomplishments—and watch them grow.

About the author

About the author

Julie Rawe is the special projects editor at Understood.