Is the isolation caused by Covid been the worst part for your child? You are not alone. Every parent I talk with has expressed their dismay over their child’s increased anxiety, taking steps back socially and retreating into themselves. What can we do?
1) Be the example
Make sure to practice good self care. Take the time for yourself. Do things that help you adjust. This is a powerful example to help the child know it is ok to take care of themselves.
2) Spend some time outside With Your Kids
I know it is difficult with the weather being cold but nothing restores positive energy than the energy of nature.
3) Exercise With Your Kids
Exercise increases the feel good endorphins in the body combating anxiety.
4) Talk to your children
Make sure to ask none yes-no questions to understand what they are feeling. Just feeling and talking about the emotions helps reduce anxiety.
5) Limit Kids screen time.
Gaming and screen time late in the day reduces melatonin production. Melatonin helps us fall asleep and stay asleep for a good nights sleep. Lack of sleep increases anxiety and irritability.
6) Introduce New Activities to Your Kids
Introduce new activities such as craft making, building of models, art, and plan changes to their rooms. These activities help increase the creativity and innovation skills of your kids.