Our lives have definitely changed in ways we never would have imagined. Many of us are feeling more stressed and anxious these days. Social distancing because of COVID 19 is the best thing we can do right now to decrease the risk of spreading the virus in our communities. But self-isolation can be really stressful. Kids, too, may be feeling stressed and worried. However, there are things you can do for yourself and your child to lower stress during this time of uncertainty. Stress can affect anyone, even kids. Some things parents can do to help their child deal with stress during these difficult times are:
- Establish a Routine. Try to do things at the same time each day. Wake up, get dressed, eat at the same time.
- Stay Connected. To remain connected to friends and family, arrange virtual meetups, facetime love ones and friends, etc. There are many ways to remain connected in this new normal of social distancing.
- Self-Care. Set aside time every day for kids to do something for themselves or have quiet time. Make sure your kids get enough sleep, eat healthy, and have some type of physical exercise each day.
- Go outside whenever possible.
- Limit social media and watching the news.
- Check in with your child to see how he or she is feeling.
- Plan activities such as fun games and puzzles.
- Focus on The Positive. Reassurance and positive self-talk can go a long way.
I have questions posted on my refrigerator to ask myself each day. It helps me to adjust to the various changes we have had to make in our lives. Maybe you can do the same.
#1. Who am I checking on or connecting with today?
#2. How am I getting outside today?
#3. What expectations of normal am I letting go of today?
#4. How am I expressing my creativity today?
#5. How am I moving my body today?
#6. What type of self-care am I practicing today?
#7. What am I grateful for today?
For other suggestions click on the following stress management workbook.