Stress Free Tips for Kids in New Year
When we are afraid of situations, we avoid them. Avoidance of anxiety-provoking situations maintains anxiety. Instead, if you face the fear, you will learn that anxiety reduces on its own over time. The same goes for children. Children face anxiety in many different ways.
They can be more clingy, anxious, withdrawing, angry, or agitated. The WHO says, “Respond to your child’s reaction in a supportive way, listen to their concerns and give them extra love and attention. If possible make opportunities for them to play and relax.”
With many schools and workplaces closed due to the pandemic, many of us have found ourselves dealing with a new, and often very stressful, family situation. As a parent at this time, it’s easy to feel that you have so many roles to fulfill that you can’t possibly perform any of them well.
There are simple ways you can cope with the change…
Take time out every day to connect with your child. Keep it positive and focus on non-academic skills, accomplishments, or qualities. (You don’t want it to come across as nagging.) Communicate in the way your child prefers.
As lockdown is gradually reduced, and our children’s world opens a little more, we may notice that our little ones are anxious rather than relieved. This is a natural reaction which we may also experience ourselves.
It feels as if the coronavirus has been around forever. For your child, this period of time may seem even longer. So remind them that life will eventually resume, by making plans for the future for the New Year 2021.
This New Year let’s resolve to be the best you can for the most important people in your life. Remember, it is not the extent of the change that matters, but rather the act of recognizing that lifestyle change is important and working toward it, one step at a time.
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