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Wellbeing Resources For Immigrants

Manage Stress and Take Care of Your Wellbeing. Are you feeling stress or fear? Are you having sleep-related problems? Do you sometimes not know how to help your children when they express fear or stress?

CLUES Programs

CLUES has several programs that promote health and well-being such as professional emotional support services, help with obtaining health insurance, support with addictions and more.

Learn about CLUES' health and wellness programs.

Feeling fear is the normal reaction that we humans experience when we face a real threat in life. Even though it is normal, the feeling of fear when it is constant or very intense can affect personal and family health and well-being. It is very important that despite difficult times, you do your best to stay in touch with others rather than isolating yourself, and that you take steps to care of your physical and emotional wellbeing and that of your family. It is important to practice self-care!

Also, keep in mind that CLUES has mental health professionals whom you can consult for emotional support.

Ideas for managing stress

  • Take a deep breath. Inhale for a count of 4, fill your lungs with air, hold your breath for 7 seconds, and exhale for a count of 8.
  • Exercise regularly, even if it's something simple like walking for 15 minutes every day.
  • Dance... with someone else, alone, or with a broom!
  • Have spiritual and/or religious practices. Pray, go to temple, meet with others to talk about the meaning of life. You can review a list of churches that offer sanctuary at isaiahmn.org.
  • Sleep, get enough rest for your age and needs.
  • Eat healthy. For example, if you feel discouraged, don't eat too many carbs... eat more fruits and vegetables!
  • Practice yoga.
  • Keep in touch with family and friends. This can be in person, on the phone, on Skype, or by texting each other. When we are afraid we tend to isolate ourselves, and this only makes us feel worse!
  • Practice "mindfulness" also known as "full attention". There are many short videos on how to do it on YouTube.
  • Make it easy for children to participate in children's activities. Have a routine for them and don't involve them in the problems of adults.
  • Establish routines for yourself and have a plan in case of an emergency. Let children know that you have a plan for emergencies.
  • Stay informed about your rights using reliable sources. Avoid rumors and gossip. Focus on the things you can control and avoid worrying about things that are out of your control. Learn to differentiate between them.
    • Develop a Family Preparedness Plan in case one or more family members are detained and/or deported. Include childcare arrangements and make concrete plans for money and assets. Make a savings plan to cover the costs of a lawyer or bail bond if needed. Consult an immigration attorney.
  • Learn how to use technology and social networks so that you can stay in touch with family and friends in case of deportation.
  • Disconnect from social networks, radio and television when necessary to avoid feeling overwhelmed and more stressed.
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