Wellness Expert Offers Advice For Remote Learning, Working

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — As many parents brace for another round of remote learning, a wellness expert offers tips on how to start the new school year off on the right foot.

Routines, boundaries and realistic expectations will go a long way in helping parents, said Monique Costello, a wellness educator at Chicago’s Soma Institute.

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She encouraged parents to start the day with some time alone to exercise, write in their journal or just sit in silence so they can have some calm before diving into work and e-learning.

Let the kids help set boundaries for when they wake up, start learning or take breaks if possible, she suggested.


A set routine will not only differentiate weekdays from weekends but Costello said doing things like showering and changing out of pajamas will help students feel more prepared for school.

While starting with self-care might sound selfish to some, she reminds parents the airlines tell us to put on our own oxygen mask first before we help others.