As we navigate through these unprecedented times, it is important to encourage and support your child’s wellness. Our experts share a few helpful tips for how you can promote mental health and wellness in your children during COVID-19.
Keep Your Child Socially Connected
Technology is an important tool that allows your children to stay socially connected during this pandemic. Phone calls and video chats are great ways to keep in touch with friends and family. Encourage your children to draw pictures for or write cards and letters to those who may be unable to visit during this time, especially grandparents.
“It is important to also acknowledge the disappointment and sadness children and teens might be feeling, knowing they will not be participating in some events they were looking forward to, like end-of-school activities, prom and graduations,” says Jamie Falasca, LPC, our Director of Healthcare Services. Coordinating group video chats and calls with your child’s classmates or distant family members can be an alternative way to celebrate significant events and milestones.
Help Your Children Stay Active
It is important to get outside with your children. Plan bike rides, hikes, and family walks together. These are great ways to encourage physical activity and relieve stress. Try indoor activities such as dancing and stretching to break up schoolwork and daily routine tasks.
Maintain a Routine
Maintaining a scheduled routine with your child establishes a sense of normalcy and helps keep them comfortable throughout these uncertain times. Daily routines may include school and work time, snack times, family time, and play times. A consistent bedtime and morning wake-up routine helps ensure children get a good night’s rest, while improving healthy daily habits.
Watch for Signs of Stress and Anxiety in Your Child
“As children adapt to these new times, they might feel the stress of the unknown, along with the anxiety and pressure related to schoolwork and not being able to engage socially with their peers. This can lead to feelings of anxiety and depression,” Falasca claims.
It is normal for children to have questions and many feelings about the Coronavirus pandemic. If you sense your child is experiencing difficulty in expressing his or her feelings, or he or she shows signs of overwhelming stress or anxiety, it may be a good idea to reach out to us at Diversus Health. We can connect you with our trusted professionals from the comfort of your own home when you use a smartphone, computer, or tablet. Learn more about how we can help you and your loved ones by filling out our contact form or call us at (719)-572-6100 to get started today.
For More Information
For more tips on how to care for your children during COVID-19, visit our Coronavirus Information[MA1] page.
Need help communicating COVID-19 to your children? Visit our Resources for Kids [MA2] section on our Coronavirus Information page to learn more.