The current pandemic-induced crisis has had a highly adverse effect on young minds all across the UK. Many families and households across the nation are reporting how their school-going children are exhibiting behavioural and mental health problems.
With this brief guide, however, parents can try out a number of practical solutions right now to help their child cope better with the effects of the pandemic.
Help your child focus on the things they love doing
Sit down and have a frank heart-to-heart with your child. What do they really love? You might be surprised so as to how simple likes and interests can be turned into hobbies to take their mind off “stuff”.
This could be anything from drawing, painting, sewing or crafting to writing, solving puzzles, decorating or even coding LED strip lights.
Help them connect with others
Children always need to have sense of belonging. To be a part of a closely knit network where they feel they can share with others how they feel or, for example, how they are planning to spend the day.
Leverage the power of the internet and social media to help you child connect regularly with friends, classmates, teachers, family members, etc. This will help them feel less isolated and belong to an online community where they can connect with others on both an intellectual and emotional level.
In fact, video calls can be a great way to play fun online games and quizzes to keep your child busy and nicely entertained!
Keep them on the move
One of the easiest way for your child to feel bored, lonely and feel the effects of the pandemic even more is by not doing anything at all.
In the age of hyper-functional smartphones, laptops and next-generation gaming consoles, it can be very easy for your child to have a sedentary lifestyle, especially during a ‘full lockdown’ curfew. Staying active is an essential part of staying mentally and emotionally healthy, and this applies to adults as well as children.
Getting your child to engage in daily household chores is a great start, during which you can even tell them stories or play games like Marco Polo or hide’n’seek. Sometimes, putting on your favourite tune and teaching your child new dance moves can work wonders to boost their emotional and mental wellbeing.
If you’re running short on ideas for what to do, then YouTube has fantastic at-home exercise routines suitable for all ages.
Online study groups
Have a talk with your child’s teacher to discuss online group study sessions, that is, if they haven’t been planned already. This is a great way to keep children engaged, busy and productive – and not worry about what’s going on during lockdown.
Aiding Minds works with school admins all across the nation to help identify early signs of mental health concerns in children. Contact us now to learn more and keep your child’s mental health in check.