Helping Children Cope with Stress During the Virus Outbreak
Seeing adults stressed about COVID-19 can lead children to be stressed as well. Sometimes children show stress in different ways than adults. They may become more clingy, worried, withdrawn, angry, or agitated.
During this stressful time, it is more important than ever to respond to children’s distress in a supportive and understanding way. They may need extra time to talk about what they are feeling or thinking.
Give Time and Attention
Kids may need extra attention during this time. A great way to spend time is playing a favourite game or reading stories together.
Maintain a Healthy Routine
Keeping a regular routine and schedule is helpful for both children and adults in managing anxiety and stress. Plan activities every day that create structure, are fun, and that help them develop a sense of mastery.
Reduce Social Media
Constant exposure to news or negative images about the virus outbreak can lead both adults and children to feel more stressed and even helpless. Reduce the amount of time spent watching news or social media about the virus outbreak. Redirect your attention to activities in your day-to-day life.
For more information, you can download the World Health Organization’s fact sheet on helping kids cope: