Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Stressful Times And How To Manage It

Stressful times – How to manage it

FOR THE CHILDREN

There’s bound to be moments of stress for you and your little one when you’re both confined to your household for a long period of time. As parents, we know that every child is different, and they respond and deal with stress in their own little way. Some become clingly, others angry, others agitated. The World Health Organization (WHO) has come up with some simple tips and techniques to help you manage stress, so that you can both feel alleviated and have one less thing to worry about. Because a happy child also makes a happy parent.

SWAP STRESS FOR SUPPORT

The best way to deal with your child’s stress is support. Don’t overreact when they’re stressed, it will only make things worse. Instead, shower them with support, listen to their concerns and calmly reassure them that we’re in this together.

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE

Just like you, your child needs extra love and attention during these times. Put aside a moment every day to focus just on them. Remember to listen and reassure them. If possible, go out of your way to relax and play together, you’ll both feel better for it.

STAY TOGETHER

Try and keep your little one(s) as close to you and each other as possible. Separating children from their siblings is also taking away a source of friendship. If, for some reason your children are apart, ensure there’s regular contact between each other by telephone or internet chat.

CREATE A ROUTINE

Set out a daily routine. If you don’t have one yet, get creative with your tot and make one up taking into consideration your surroundings and that infants like to have a mix of learning, playing and relaxation during the day.

EXPLAIN WHAT'S HAPPENING

If your little one is old enough to understand, try to explain to them what’s going on with the Coronavirus and how together you can reduce the risk of becoming infected. Don’t be afraid to calmly prepare them for what happens when someone gets sick, your child is probably smarter than you think.

FOR THE PARENTS

With the responsibilities of children and trying to continue our everyday lives as if everything is normal, it’s not uncommon for a parent to feel sad, stressed, confused, scared or angry during a situation like this one. Here are a few simple tips to help put things in perspective and turn the negative situation into a positive one.

CREATE A ROUTINE

Talking to people is great way to express your feelings and lift your spirits. So get on the phone and call a close friend or family member, or even someone you haven’t heard from for a while. We’re all in this together, and we’ll get out of it together.

THERE ARE ALWAYS THINGS TO DO

If you have to stay in isolation, maintain a healthy and active lifestyle – including a proper diet, a decent night’s sleep, daily exercise and contact with your loved ones. Try and make this situation as normal as possible and enjoy it.

STICK TO THE FACTS

Gather information that will help you accurately determine your risk so that you can take reasonable precautions. Find a credible source you can trust, such as the WHO website or, a local or state public health agency. Also try to reduce the time you spend listening or watching to media coverage. It can overload you with upsetting information which doesn’t actually help.

YOU'VE DONE THIS BEFORE

Even though Coronavirus is a unique situation, draw on the skills and techniques you’ve used in the past to surpass illness or any of life’s adversities. Your personal defense mechanisms and underlying strength is there to help you again.

BE CAREFUL AND STAY SAFE !

STAY INFORMED AND FOLLOW MEDICAL ADVICE!

It’s very important for you to be aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the World Health Organization (WHO) website and through your national and local public health authority. Please check them on a regular basis. Always seek advice from trustworthy, reliable sources for you and your baby. This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Contact a healthcare professional if you have any questions or concerns.

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Important Notice

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