5 Tips for Mental Well-being of Children during Covid-19

mental health of children during Covid19

These are troubled times with everyone locked inside their homes for more than 60 days now, and no clear remedy of coronavirus on the view. When we read, hear, or share news about COVID-19, it only adds up to anxiety in children who are looking forward to a breakthrough.

Social media, news channels, conversations with family and relatives is only ridden with coronavirus outbreak and it’s ill effects on the economy worldwide. We are all living in the constant fear of an invisible enemy, in physical form and mentally. The lockdown extensions have higher threats to our subconscious minds, in easy words – our mental health.

mental well-being of children during Covid19

Mental Well-being of Children during Covid-19

1. Have reassuring conversation with Kids:

Talk and reassure young minds everything will be okay and this is just a phase. Positive affirmations work wonders, follow the daily ritual of keeping the home’s environment happy and suitable for everyone.

Ask their worries, give them a shoulder to share what’s worrying them. Listen before you speak, spend time together and build the bond of sharing freely. Utilize this time by creating memories and breaking barriers.

2. Reduce on frequent news updates:

Checking on coronavirus updates frequently probably add up to the stress and anxiety. Keep is realistic, the statistical updates will not do any good but build duress. Check out the stress cues by a child’s behavior, especially in growing kids.

Don’t unnecessarily talk about the ill effects of the pandemic on the world or how long it will take to completely normalize. Talk about the positive news, humane side of being together, this is a new normal and it is okay if you cannot venture outside for a few days.

3. Keeping up with the physical activities routine:

Let them not become a couch potato, just because they are to stay indoors during the lock-down period. Assign some easy daily tasks, chores if possible which helps in burning some energy. Enroll in virtual fitness classes or physical activity sessions like dance, aerobics, Zumba, yoga, etc. Let them burn some calories to earn appreciation.

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4. Handle social distancing consciously:

Social distancing is the need of the hour and must be inculcated as a habit. Don’t force forward your rule but explain the reasoning behind it, as this is one of the easiest ways to keep the virus at bay.

At the same time, utilize the technology and let them be in constant contact if their buddies/friends. Plan group activities or challenges online which bring positive competitiveness in children.

5. Engage kids creatively to avoid screen-time:

These are testing times and a major challenge for all parents across the globe. Keeping children engaged is a gigantic task today, especially when all other options have been exhausted already. Let the creative juices flow and don’t try to contain the mess if they go out of the box.

DIY activities, recycle, or refurbished art is fun let them explore with thoughts and nifty. Indulge in family board games, like monopoly or snakes and ladder. Convert this time into ‘family time’ a constructive habit to break barriers and bring all together.

In the end all that matters is happiness and well being of everyone, the situation and time is such that we have to bring positivism instead of coping mechanism.

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26 thoughts on “5 Tips for Mental Well-being of Children during Covid-19

  1. I feel family time is the most important thing that is important for kids mental well being as they are not able to venture outside or meet their friends.

  2. It’s important to understand that kids are facing this crisis as much as us adults. So we need to ensure that we talk to them, allay their fears and spend time with them as family. It’s a time to be together as family and support each other

  3. Mental well-being children is very important. They can’t express everything verbally but we have to look for clues and give them such an environment where they can open up. Family time, open needed conversation, maintaining a light environment at home is very important.

  4. Yes it is a difficult time that taking test of our patience so much. I loved your post and agree with all the suggestions. Specially keeping the home environment light is very important. For kids, this is a hard time and as a parent we should try to help them as much as possible.

  5. very well said, Deepika. As we engaged kids in conversations and focused only on official news channel, I could see a marked difference in my children’s behavior and response to lockdown.

  6. Mental well being of kids is often an overlooked concern and I am glad that you brought it up along with some great tips that will help the kids stay mentally engaged during this pandemic.

  7. Kids are equally stressed as elders, infact more as they do not understand the situation completely. Plus online schooling, online classes and now online summer camps and increasing that further.

  8. Such vital recommendations here as I agree it is so important to ensure our kid’s mental health during the COVID times. Dancing or playing with them some fun games undoubtedly works wonder.

  9. This time is surely tough, more so for kids than adults. We do try to follow all the pointers you have mentioned. Screen time has increased though but we are trying to use it productively.

  10. Kids are the ones who have shown their patience beyond excellence throughout this lockdown, completely agree with your all the pointers to sustain with the positivity in the long run especially when everything outside going in adverse.

  11. Kids mental health is something we should not ignore and it should be so important to understand their thoughts and their feelings…I loved the pointers you have shared!!

  12. The biggest struggle I am facing nowadays is keeping her busy with different activities that don’t include screen time. This indeed is a very helpful topic and being a mother of young kids we have to be more vigilant towards their mental health.

  13. I feel mental well being is important in these times of lockdown especially for kids as they are not able to go out as much like before. Having reassuring conversation with kids would surely help them.

  14. This is such a handy list for parents dealing with kids. I think due to this lockdown the kids have suffered the most as it must be frustrating for them to restrict their movement without understanding much about what is happening.

  15. Yeah! You are right Dipika. It is very important to take care of our child’s mental health in this critical situation when they are not allowed to go outside. Tips which you suggested I follow the same.

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