It's a back to school season like we have never seen before, as the majority of California schools will be offering distance learning this fall. This is in response to the spike in COVID-19 cases this summer. With remote studying becoming our new reality comes additional stressors as parents are required to take on the teacher role in their children's education. Studies demonstrate that stress produces a hormone called cortisol, which in excess can trigger anxiety and depression, along with other unwanted side effects. With stress at an all time high, it is so important to focus on your wellness. The Exception is responding to the need by offering various resources to improve the wellness of the community. Most importantly, these resources are available virtually in the comfort of your home! Check out this month's wellness tips for stress reduction below, along with the top resources of the month. Also, please check out the “what's new” section to keep up with the latest updates happening at The Exception!