Feeling the stress of social distancing and what to do about it.

Talking with my daughter last night while tucking her in bed made me realize how much of a struggle kids are having with the pandemic.
So many of their normal activities have been taken away from them. 
My children are in school 4 days a week, and virtual on Fridays, and I am thankful for that. I know many in CMS (in Charlotte) are virtual all week.

This has placed a huge burden on them at such a young age. Much of school is not just learning, but the interaction and play with friends, field trips, and parties. Much are non existent these days. 

If you have young ones at home, you may have noticed they are also facing struggles of social distancing. Teens are especially hit hard as their identity depends so much on their friends and social circles. Luckily, technology is available to help them stay connected to their network of friends.

However, there are things you can do to help them foster self-care and promote good mental health. Techniques such as positive self-talk, having a positive mindset, eating healthy, and physical activity can help kids and teens too. 

The need for healthy relationships with friends and family is crucial when we’re young. Try to spend quality time together as a family each day. While everyone may be in the home, that doesn’t mean each moment is spent connecting. Pick a time when everyone can be fully present.

This may be around the dinner table or during an evening walk. Encourage to use this time to take a break from technology and engage in conversation. In difficult situations, help teach your children how to relax when they feel upset.

Deep breathing, taking some alone time, or doing something calming can help them assess their emotions. Also, take some time to talk about possible solutions or ideas to improve a situation and how to make it happen without taking over. Always remember to listen and be respectful of your child’s feelings.

Keep communication and conversation flowing by asking questions. Helping others in the household will help alleviate your stress and enable you to take care of yourself as well. Remember, kids will take their cues from you. If you remain calm and practice self-care during difficult times, they will too.

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