The COVID-19 pandemic has hit almost everyone deeply. Adults found it difficult to get used to working from home after most of their time in the office. Many saw it as a challenge to juggle with work and take care of the children. However, few people focus on how difficult the pandemic was on the children. Some children were also forced to drop out of school and attend many of their extracurricular activities.
In fact, some people think that kids loved the idea of not going to school and just staying home. However, like adults, they are also exposed to stress and anxiety due to the insecurity created by the pandemic. Here are some ways we can ensure our children stay holistically healthy during the pandemic:
If your children are used to being physically active, the rest of staying at home can cause their bodies to suffer from the sudden change. Here are some tips to help you stay fit:
Let your children play sports. If you have a back yard, set up an area for them to play soccer. If you have a pool at home, give them a schedule of when to swim as part of their daily routine. If you’re limited on space at home, you can go for a quick jog or leisurely stroll around the neighborhood using the safety precautions to stay active. Check out kid-friendly summer programs near you if you don’t live in a COVID hotspot.
Take part in check-ups
If your child needs to go for an exam, speak to their pediatrician or family doctor about whether they need to be seen in person or whether your child can have online consultations. The pandemic has led to telemedicine, where patients can do online exams and even online tests. Some institutions like Helix Hearing Care have launched online hearing tests to help people with hearing impairments.
Children also think about their future, and this can affect their mental health. Some may even ask you why they weren’t allowed to do the things they did before the pandemic. For example, a little girl who took a ballet class before the pandemic may suddenly feel sad because she wasn’t able to dance and meet her friends. Here’s what you can do:
Organize a virtual meet-up
Connect with your friend’s parents and schedule a day where they can virtually meet and do activities together. It can be normal for children to see familiar faces other than their family as they can bond with other people.
Spend time together
Being in the same house for 24 hours doesn’t mean you will spend those precious moments together. When parents work from home and children attend school at home, retention times can be limited. This can lead to a rift in the relationship. Make sure your child has a certain amount of time to bond with them. Listen to what they have to say. Communicate with them and reassure them that everything will soon be all right.
Help them transition
For adults who work from home, the stress of doing multiple things at the same time can be a challenge. Children can feel the same way. Now that schools are slowly opening up face-to-face interactions, your child may be concerned about their health. While they may be excited about the idea of seeing their friends again, the minimum health protocols to follow may be something new to them. Help them slowly move back to the new normal by talking to them and showing empathy about what they are feeling.
Life has changed significantly as a result of the pandemic, and it affects children too. Help them stay healthy holistically with these tips.
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