The coronavirus pandemic has affected every single aspect of life. For children especially, this is an especially difficult time. They cannot see their friends, go far or even go to school. What makes this pandemic so difficult for many children is that they do not fully understand what is going on. It is a confusing time for them, and as a result, their mental health may be affected.
Children do not always know how to express their changing feelings and emotions, so it is crucial that, as parents, you pay close attention to any change in mood. If you want to make sure your child is coping in lockdown, here are a few ways you can help them take care of themselves and their mental health during this difficult time.
Talk to Them About the Pandemic
The coronavirus pandemic is confusing for everyone, but it is especially difficult for children to understand. Creating an open dialogue with your children about the pandemic will help them understand what is going on, and help them recognize why they cannot see their friends and schoolmates right now.
If you find that your children are particularly anxious about COVID-19, reassure them that they are safe and well looked after and that things will eventually return to normal.
Maintain a Routine
It can be tempting, during this pandemic, to fall out of a routine, and spend hours doing very little. However, this can have a severe negative impact on both your and your children’s health. Creating a schedule will help your kid stay engaged and focussed. If they have schoolwork, make sure that you fit this into their everyday schedule, as this will help them keep on top of their education and will also provide a small sense of normality.
Spend Lots of Time Outdoors (safely)
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many of us have been spending a lot more time indoors, as there is very little to do because everything has been shut down in a desperate attempt to stop the spread of the virus.
However, to ensure you and your children are taking care of yourselves, you must try to get at least one hour of exercise a day. This will help ensure your child is staying both physically and mentally well. Moreover, spending more time outside will make sure your children are not spending too much time with electronics, which can often be detrimental for their health and well-being. More time outdoors also means less strain on your electricity bill, which will have no doubt risen as you spend more time at home. If you are looking for other ways to reduce your energy bill, consider online comparison websites like Direct energy, to make sure you are paying the right amount for your energy during these difficult times.
Be a Role Model
Your child will learn an awful lot from you, and you must set a good example for them. Make sure you are also taking time to look after yourself, and stress the importance of good mental health. Furthermore, try not to stress in front of your children about COVID-19. Although it is essential to be truthful to your children, it may also worry them further if you are stressed about the pandemic.
Help Them Maintain Social Ties
If your children cannot see their friends because of the pandemic, it doesn’t mean they cannot spend time with them. Talk to other parents, and suggest to your children that they have online video chats with their friends. They could also do quizzes or even play online games.
It is vital that now, more than ever, you do everything you can to make sure your kids are happy and healthy during this time. Hopefully, the above advice will help your children maintain their mental health through this pandemic.