The coronavirus has disrupted our everyday routines and activities. These changes plus the uncertainty around this pandemic can cause us to feel stressed, fearful and nervous. These feelings are perfectly normal and people are typically able to bounce back after difficult times.
Children and teens could respond strongly to stress and anxiety cause by COVID-19, so take the time to talk to them calmly and reassure them about the situation in a way that they can easily understand.
Regardless of age, everyone can have different reactions to this situation, not just emotionally but also logically. Here are a few steps to help you cope with the Coronavirus situation:
- Stay Informed
Make sure you are getting reliable and accurate information through trusted sources like Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The World Health Organization, and the like. Minimize your exposure to media coverage or social media accounts that promote fear or rumors.
- Connect with Others
Connect with family and friends through video and phone calls, texts or social media and offer your support.
- Take care of Yourself
Monitor your physical health and that of your loved ones. Make sure to eat healthy, exercise, drink plenty of water and get enough rest. Should you need to go out, practice social distancing by keeping at least 6 feet away from others and make sure to always wear a face mask.
- Be Patient
It’s common to have any number of temporary stress reactions, such as fear, anger, frustration and anxiety. Hold an image in your mind of the best possible outcome. Make a list of your personal strengths and use these to help both yourself and others stay emotionally strong.
- Encourage Children to Express How They Feel
Give them reassurance about their safety. Think of creative and fun activities you can do together to keep them occupied. Keep a schedule, set appropriate limits and maintain usual rules when possible.
- Relax your body
Do things that work for you and engage in activities that you enjoy.
- Pace yourself
Do something fun after doing a hard task or in between stressful activities.