Mental health and well-being
The times we are living through can be stressful and scary for our children. Fear and worry are normal at any age. However, there are ways to support our children through these extraordinary times. During a pandemic, children, like all of us, may go through a wide range of emotions. You may notice that they are experiencing anxiety, concerns, fatigue, or all kinds of physical complaints.
Reactions will vary depending on:
- The child’s stage of development
- Their level of awareness of the pandemic
- Their exposure to accurate information about the pandemic
- The physical and emotional proximity of the pandemic
- The physical state of the child and their loved ones
- The mental state of the child and their loved ones
- Earlier exposure to traumatic events
As caring adults in children’s lives, we can help them by being a calm, stable influence, providing them with information about the local situation that is factual and appropriate to their level of development, and by helping them feel a certain degree of control.
Being part of the solution by washing their hands frequently and properly, maintaining physical distancing and respiratory etiquette when they sneeze or cough can help them to feel a certain degree of control in a time of uncertainty.
Focus on solutions
When we talk to children, the most effective approach is one based on solutions:
- A number of measures to help the current situation have been put in place by our governments, doctors, nurses, schools, etc.
- The situation will improve
- Life will return to normal
- We need to concentrate on the well-being of our families and friends
Many resources and tools are available for both parents and children. Take advantage of them!
Activities to help your child manage anxiety are also available here.