Supporting Kids during Covid

Supporting Kids

Anxious of Covid and how to keep your child less stressed throughout the uncertainty?

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Keep Routines in Place

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We all agree that setting and keeping a schedule can help tackling the ongoing stay at home era. 

As the crisis continues the schedule, we normally had, has probably been starting to naturally deteriorate. Which is okay, totally normal and expected! 

However, still keeping structure is important. Setting simple steps that resemble a normal school day can be help for example, getting up, eating and going to bed around the say time every day. This creates consistency something that calms during stressful times. Younger children can benefit from a routine and schedule during lockdown as they know what is going to happen and when and don’t which can reduce levels of anxiety.  

Incorporate new activities

Have a think of what you enjoyed to do before the era of screens. Generate a list which can consist of…

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Science Projects
  • Imaginary Games 
  •  Musical Activities 
  • Board Games 
  • Household Projects
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You can share memories of playing such games and taking part in the same activities when you were younger. 

Burn off energy and keep active by doing a daily walk or creating a family exercise class can make sure that everyone is being active. To keep it fun take it in turns to come up with an exercise routine to explore fitness and creativity further.  

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Manage your own anxiety/stress

It’s completely understandable to be anxious and stressed yourself right now. But how we manage that anxiety has an impact on our children.  

Navigating through this situation as easily as possible is everyone’s ideal goal . 

Watch out for catastrophic thinking:

  • Assuming that every cough is a sign of you have been infected or reading news articles and dwell on worst case scenarios are examples of catastrophic thinking. 
  • Keeping a sense of perspective, engage in solution-focused thinking and balance this with mindful acceptance.

For in the moments when you do catch yourself being anxious (we all have been there), try to talk about your concerns and emotions without a child present – this could make your child feel even more stressed and worried about you and Covid. 

  • Step away and take a few moments, breaths – a break if needed to compose your thoughts. This could be taking a shower or stepping into another room to work on breathing techniques.  

Check out these wellbeing and mental health apps that  might help during this time: 

  • Headspace – Few minutes a day of wellbeing for healthier, happier and more well-rested life.
  • Sleep Cycle – An alarm clock app which tracks your sleep patterns.

Limit consumption of news

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Being informed about what is going on in the world is important. But it is wise to limit the consumption of news and social media that has protentional to trigger or feed your anxiety/stress. 

  • Turn off the TV at certain times throughout the day to eliminate over consuming of news, mute or unfollow friends or co-workers who are prone to sharing panic-inducing posts and content.  
  • Also think about social media and focus on how following accounts can help increase healthy wellbeing and take your mind of the crisis. This could be such accounts that share content like nature, motivational quotes, organisational or any other hobbies that you find interesting. 

Support Network

Keep your inner circle of friends and family close (virtually of course). Even a text or call can help massively! 

  • Socializing plays an important role in regulating mood and communication within the development of children. 
  • Within reason let your children use social media (you can implement this into your routine) as a means to communicate with their peers- Facetime and Skype can help children feel less lonelydisconnected and less stressed from being away from friends. 

Make sure that children get to talk or video call relatives that they can’t see at the moment via technology. 

  • A great idea is to set up a call time for a family member to read your child a bed time story over a video call…not perfect but it helps to feel closer and less stressed/isolated. 

Make Plans

In the midst of things that are uncertain, focus on the things that you can control. Making plans can help to looks forward to the future. 

Think of the following to help visualise the near future: 

  • How can your children have virtual play dates? 
  • What can your family do that’s safe and fun outside? 
  • Think of treats to look forward to at the end of the week like a takeaway?
  • Family film night? 

Assigning these tasks as something you decide as a family or taking turns can helps your children feel included and look forward to something amongst the chaos. Keeping them happy and less stressed. 

Seeing your problem solving in response to the crisis can be instructive and reassuring for children. 

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