Advice for Parents on Ways to
Manage Anxiety and Stress
During the Coronavirus Outbreak Stress and Coping
The outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emo-tions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.
Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations
How you respond to the outbreak can depend on your background, the things that make you different from other people, and the community you live in.
Children and teens react, in part, on what they see from the adults around them. When parents and caregivers deal with the COVID-19 calmly and confi-dently, they can provide the best support for their children. Parents can be more reassuring to others around them, especially children, if they are better prepared.
Not all children and teens respond to stress in the same way. Some common changes to watch for include:
There are many things you can do to support your child
If there is any novelty to staying home, it will likely wear off quickly. Your children may not like their new setup, but you can assure them that millions of children around the world are in the same boat. Assure them, too, that you are there to support them.
Discussing that there are many “normal” emotional responses to a crisis, including fear, confusion, anger, guilt, shame, humiliation, grief, and sorrow. Children may feel these at different times, and that’s okay. Remind them that others, including their teachers and parents, may be feeling some of that. It’s a good time for self-compassion and compassion for others—a lesson that will hopefully stick with them long after this particular crisis has passed.
🐶Dave the Dog is Worried about Coronavirus🐶
A nurse has written a book to help children feeling worried about the coronavirus outbreak.
Molly Watts, an intensive care nurse at Southampton Children's Hospital, wrote the online picture book Dave the Dog Is Worried About Coronavirus after a nightshift last week.
The free book has been downloaded 15,000 times and some schools have shared the link with parents.
Ms Watts said she wanted to give children "information without fear".
Click here order to access her book if you would like to share it with your children.