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Here are some suggestions that might help you and your child deal with their worries and anxieties in general and more specifically, COVID 19.
- Provide your child with an inventive way to express their needs and ideas in protecting significant people in their life. Get your child to create their own storybook e.g. “How Alex would protect his/her friends and family” or write a song together – allowing the child to express their thoughts. Writing it down on paper can help recognise and deal with their feelings.
- There are some great resources that assist in how best to have a calm yet informed conversation with your child regarding COVID-19.
- Watch a video together on YouTube – it is a gentle way to inform our children about the virus.
- Child-friendly yoga, guided meditation and relaxation techniques can help tremendously when dealing with worries and anxiety. Some helpful apps and resources:
- Smiling mind
- Cosmic yoga
- Colouring in books
- Youtube -> guided meditation for children
- Another idea is for your family to arrange a ‘worry time’ for your child to share her worries.
Remind her when she is engaging in the “COVID” thinking of your “worry time” and when the worry time arrives you can try something like this:
- Have a little ritual for a certain time each day. At this given hour, invite your child to share her worries and discuss them with you. This strategy means you address their concerns at that time, till then, let’s try not to let the worry bug upset us.
Games /Activities to help your young worrier at home
The “What if “Worry Winning Game.
This strategy teaches children to arm themselves with ideas ahead of time, rather than anxiously await the fickle finger of fate.
- Encourage the child to work out, on their own, some ways to handle their fears so that they become winners. For example, if the fear is that my parents are going to get sick with COVID-19 the child would think about what action/s they and the family could take should they be in this position.
- Add a few suggestions, if needed, after they have given you their ideas.
- Have them choose the best approach for their situation. Talking things over with you will help them boost the child’s self-esteem. Hopefully, they‘ve learned that a worry shared is a worry spared.“If children can come up with confident solutions to their worst fears or worst-case scenarios” on their own, the fear factor drops enormously.”
Source: Helping young worriers beat the WorryBug, by Dr John Irvine, PhD.
- The rest of the time minimise conversations about the virus and try to engage in activities that bring joy in the house, comedies and funny games are also very helpful when we need a bit of uplifting! 🙏
With love and light,
The Time Out Wellness support team