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How COVID Effecting Children’s Mental Health

Some Of The Most Common Mental Disorders In This Covid 19 Pandemic Blog Featured ImageSome Of The Most Common Mental Disorders In This Covid 19 Pandemic Blog

Home quarantined! Schools closed! Parks closed! Businesses closed!

Just mentioning these is stressing me. But do you know that children who are quarantined with us at home are experiencing distress as well? A recent study published that children had increased depression and anxiety tendencies during COVID (CoronaVirus Disease) quarantine. That’s why I’ve written some mental health articles devoted to you -mummies. So you can support the mental health of your children during this pandemic?

 

Childhood Mental Health Disruption

We were given only one day until our government implemented a movement control order. This includes shutting down schools and other establishments that are not essential. My children had no opportunity to say goodbye to their teachers, friends, and classmates. I had anxiety over the pandemic that caught the whole world in a state of panic. But I know what was happening. I understand that these are necessary to combat COVID.

But children will have difficulty understanding the sudden change in their routine. Emotions suddenly ran high inside the family. Children can overhear conversations about COVID from adults or the news. And without proper support, these can all be too much for their young minds to process.

This health article will help you identify signs of children’s distress and tips on how to support your child during this COVID.

 

Emotional Distress in Children

Mummies, you can take clues from your children’s behavior to know about their mental health. It will be very unlikely for very young children to verbalize and process their emotions. So it is up to us, as their parents, to provide support during this quarantine.

Here are some behaviors that can clue us of children’s anxiety.

Sleep Disturbances

Sleep disturbances occur in many forms. It could be a difficulty in sleeping, constant waking, nightmares, and bed-wetting.

Tantrums

A child throws tantrums when they are highly emotional and could not identify their feelings. They can show resistance or anger to anything or may always cry for everything.

Withdrawal

A child may show signs of withdrawal if his/her environment does not indicate support. You may notice your child to be less interactive and may have full interest in activities that he/she does alone.

 

Supporting Mental Health In Children

Since our children are isolated away from their friends and outdoor activities, it is our job to support them. Here are some ways to help children manage anxiety:

Acknowledge Their Emotions

Acknowledge that your children are having a hard time during this time. Be calm and provide reassurance that you understand them. Help them to recognize and express their emotions. Be honest and explain how you feel about quarantine. This way, they get the idea that talking about their feelings is okay.

Keep up their routines

Disruption in their routine is the most difficult for them. So keep up with their habits that you can still do at home. Follow with the usual waking and sleeping time. Provide their snack in time with their usual recess. And do learning activities during the day.

Help them stay connected

Avoid withdrawal by helping them stay connected to the family and their friends. You can use digital platforms to call friends and relatives. You can also play with them with games to help them interact with the family. This health article has resources to help you with activities.vParents are the role models for children, especially during this quarantine. They usually mimic our responses to different situations. That’s why you also need to apply coping mechanisms during this pandemic.

Checkout more of my health articles on self-care that you can try.

Jene See
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A Home-based Entrepreneur and Blogger For me, being a home-based entrepreneur, parent and blogger has been quite an experience. Here’s how I got started on it all. Where I’ve been Becoming a blogger and a hardcore, home-based entrepreneur wasn’t exactly a planned career action for me. I can almost say I didn’t see it coming. It all started when I got pregnant with my first child. Back then, I was still working as a flight attendant, and I have to admit that I really loved my job. But when that baby came on board, I decided that I wanted to be as involved in my child’s life as I could possibly be. Once I’d made my decision, I swung into action. I quit my job and quickly made plans for a new (and different) life with the baby in mind. My foray into the glamorous world of entrepreneurship and blogging was a little more abrupt. This started a lot more recently.   I first came into contact with these products sometime around two years ago. In 2018, my aunt-in-law would be the first person to preach to me the wonders of Aulora Kodenshi. I confess that I was very skeptical back then. As I mentioned earlier, I didn’t see myself as an entrepreneur (or even a blogger for that matter). I felt I was comfortable in my role as a housewife and that picking up endeavors like that was for people who had more money to “waste.” I decided to continue to keep my focus as a good mother and an ideal housewife. The plan was, if I kept feeding my family good food and making sure that they all exercised regularly, there wouldn’t ever be a need to buy any of the products my husband’s aunt talked to me about. As it turned out, I’d not end up buying the products; I’d also become one of its most vocal advocates. How I Got Here Our second child got a case of eczema when she was about 18 months old. Ever since that time, every so often, she’d have a rather severe outbreak. The doctors would always tell us it was nothing serious, nothing to bother about, and we believed them for the most part. A reason for this was that almost like clock-work, she’d always get better after every 3-6 months. All of this changed though in February 2019. She had an outbreak, and we thought it was normal until she scratched so hard she drew blood. We tried everything to no avail. Frustrated, I decided to try SHIRUTO, one of the many products from BE International. In no time at all, the eczema and even the scars cleared up. I was so excited, I took to my social media page to share my joy, and that’s how I got into blogging and entrepreneurship. Plans for the Future I’m happy with where I am right now. I have a healthy family with a career I want to see grow. I don’t conform to the classic stay-at-mom routine of waking early in the morning. I do my best work at night when everyone’s happy and rested. The goal is to continue to remain healthy and inspire everyone around me to be free and keep those positive vibes flowing strong!

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