2020 has been a tough year for everyone, and especially for parents with children. Families are facing difficult decisions, and many of us have had to reinvent our families habits and routines.
Dealing with so many unexpected changes can easily take a toll on our mental health. In fact, anxiety levels have doubled this year as a result of lockdown measures and restrictions.
And there’s something else: Christmas is usually a time for joy and celebration, but this year the festive season may be tainted by Covid-related uncertainty. An extension of the current lockdown looms in the horizon, and this can put extra pressure on families and cause a spike in anxiety.
How to cope with anxiety during the pandemic
To help you keep this under control, we’ve created a list of tips to help parents and young children cope with anxiety during the second lockdown.
- Reframe the situation. We can’t change certain things, but we can change the way we see them. If being locked indoors makes you feel anxious, think about the situation as a chance to spend more time with the family or to make home more comfortable.
- Exercise as a family. Here’s a list of toddler-friendly activities you can all do together.
- Do something creative. You can try drawing, painting, or cooking and let the children help.
- Create a new family routine and stick to it, paying particular attention to the times you wake up and go to bed.
- Start with mindfulness: teach yourself (and your kids) relaxation or mindfulness techniques.
- Learn how to bring JOY this Xmas with Nursery Story Festive Season Guide.
How to recognise the symptoms of anxiety in your children
Children may feel anxious for many different reasons depending on the circumstances. One of them is being around someone who is very anxious, such as a parent. Further information and support for parents here.
It is essential to recognise the symptoms of anxiety in your children. As a nursery teacher or parent, you may want to look out for:
- Significant changes in behaviour
- Ongoing difficulty sleeping
- Withdrawing from social situations
- Not wanting to do things they usually like
- Self-harm or neglecting themselves
Some activities outside the house can also trigger anxiety, for example, leaving your kids at the nursery.
“Remember, everyone feels low, angry or anxious at times. But when these changes last for a long time or are significantly affecting them, it might be time to get professional help”. – Source NHS.
At Nursery Story, we understand the existing Covid-19 situation entirely, which is why we are continually developing our app to give parents and nursery staff the highest levels of reassurance.
Nursery Story help ease parents and nursery staff concerns and anxieties throughout the day. From the moment your child has checked in to the nursery to the moment you pick them up, Nursery Story will send real-time updates of your child’s day, so you never miss a moment. What do you think of it? If you want to keep on the loop with Nursery Story, visit our website here.
To learn more about Bringing JOY this Xmas and ditching Covid-19 click here and download our step-by-step Festive Season FREE Guide.