Are you and your child/children, struggling with uncertainty? In today’s world, uncertainty is occurring globally, locally and personally, which affects all of us and especially our children. Big changes can be difficult and often times scary. Here are some tips to better manage the stress of uncertainty during the COVID pandemic.
- First and foremost, it is okay to tell your children, “I don’t know, but let’s find out.” Reassure your children that in these unprecedented times, it is okay to not know all of the answers. Remaining open minded and willing to learn, will go a long way during a pandemic.
- Rely on your family routines: Make sure you and your children are maintaining bed times, wake up times, chore times, times for their academics, and work, for yourself.
- Focus on what you can control: Together with your children, sit down and identify a list of what is in your control and what is not, continue to work on and manage what is in your control.
- Focus on the positives and try to embrace the new opportunities that arise from uncertainty (e.g., spending more time with children, getting to projects around the home).
- Practice self-care: Children are like sponges that absorb the energy of their parents. It is important for parents to invest in their mental health, so that they can properly manage the day to day uncertainty, which comes with a pandemic. Parents should be scheduling time for themselves to indulge in activities they enjoy (e.g. exercising, meditating or simply listening to music).
Until everyday life returns to normal, parents should remain flexible, positive, creative and supportive of their children. It is the perfect opportunity to engage with your children and spend time together.
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