In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, adults are facing new, unique challenges in their everyday lives. Adjustments have been made to schedules, jobs, finances and childcare – which demands focused attention all day, every day. These changes, and change in general, can lead to stress and anxiety. Children’s lives have been disrupted as well, but they deal with anxiety in very different ways.
As we continue to isolate ourselves to prevent the spread of COVID-19, immediate families are spending more time together, and therefore likely to feel more tension at times. If you have noticed increased fighting, yelling and defiance from your children or other family members, including refusal of simple requests or demands, this is likely related to the stress caused by the pandemic, or sheer frustration from being cooped up at home.
Families are facing major disruptions in their lives due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some steps you can take to reduce the negative impact of the pandemic, or any crisis, on you and your children’s mental health.
We as adults are challenged by the current pandemic. Children are no different, except they may not talk about their fears and worries. Instead, we are likely to see their distress through their behaviors. What do you do?
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, routines have been disrupted which can lead to disorientation and anxiety. Here are six ways that you, as parents and guardians, can combat those feelings.