DEALING WITH ANXIETY IN OUR CHILDREN
Tools for parents helping kids navigate anxiety
Recognize that these are stressful times and for some, bring feelings of anxiety and depression.Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. The impact of these days and the change in our routines depend on a person’s characteristics, experiences and resiliency. Seeing and hearing repeated images and reports about COVID-19 may increase those feelings of uneasiness.Reactions to the stresses we feel MAY include:
Fear and worry about your own health and the health of loved ones
Changes in sleep or eating patterns
Difficulty with sleep, concentration and focus
Connect with family, friends and others in your community through emails, telephone conversations, FaceTime and Skype/Zoom. We need interaction with others – especially those with a positive outlook.Keep yourself as informed as possible going to the most consistent and correct sources of information, like the CDC (www.cdc.gov) and World Health Organization (www.WHO.int)
Here Are Some Things You Can Do To Keep Yourself Healthy – Emotionally And Physically:
- Avoid excessive exposure to media coverage of COVID-19. Hearing the same information over and over can add to worry, anxiety and unhelpful thoughts.
- Take care of your body.
- Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
- Exercise every day – take a walk around your block – and get plenty of sleep.
- Make time to unwind.
- Take a few minutes for some deep breaths.
- Read a book for pleasure.
- Interact and play with your children.
- Reach out to a friend.
- Maintain healthy relationships.
- Strive for a sense of hope and positive thinking.
- Remember to spend time in Bible reading, prayer and meditation.
- Turn on Christian music and sing along.
Be Thankful For God’s Provision And His Presence.
Rejoice in the joys of life!