The Corona pandemic has swept panic across the globe. From the television to any social media platform, it’s always Corona, Corona, and Corona. This has to be the worst pandemic in several decades. It’s crucial for us to understand the real facts, and also learn how to cope mentally with the news that we hear.
Here are a few ways you can support your children’s mental health amid Covid-19
Maintain a Structured Routine
With the schools shut down, children are lacking the daily routine that structured their lives earlier. It’s crucial for children to have their own routine. In the absence of the conventional schooling model, try to create a similar lifestyle for the child at home. Fix a time for waking up and studying so that the child is clear about his/her daily responsibilities and their day is more productive. This helps normalize things for them and also gives them a better space where they can get distracted from the challenges posed by the looming crisis. This way, you can also squeeze in learning time and help them learn while they’re at home. You can try to create a little time-table with your child and include some learning activities that they can perform throughout the day.
Limit Screen Time and Curate Activities
The media is filled with news and updates related to Covid-19 casualties. The grievous stats are being discussed on all forms of media and that may affect the child’s mental health in a negative manner. When your child is watching TV or is playing with a smartphone, ensure that they cannot access news channels or media portals. This way, you can save them from reading any articles that might affect their disposition. You can also try to limit screen time and help them do other child-friendly activities like finishing a puzzle, building a little fort, or even painting.
With social distancing being the norm these days, it is advisable to consult an online therapist. If you’re concerned about your child’s mental health or your own, you can always seek counselling from online certified therapists. If you’re having concerns about the efficaciousness of online therapists and if they’re actually legit, then you may benefit from this article from BetterHelp.
Prioritize Mental Health
Your child’s mental health shapes his mind and lifestyle. It’s imperative for parents to ensure that their children are mentally healthy and are in a good place. Take time to understand how they might react to a certain situation and try to ease them into it, instead of rushing them. Take the first step by talking to them patiently, it might make things easier.