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Covid-19: What you should do to protect the mental health of children

Staff Correspondent
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Changes in daily life due to the Covid-19 pandemic are adversely affecting the mental health of children, adolescents, and the elderly in your family. The daily corona aggression and the stagnation of normal life are pushing towards uncertainty. In this case, you can have a positive attitude towards yourself as well as spread it among your loved ones. Let's face it, we don't know what to do to protect the mental health of children, adolescents, and the elderly in the family in tackling the challenges of Covid-19.

The mental development of children during the corona period: The way children express emotions is different from people of any age. Some become abnormally silent while others become extra angry and scream. So the elders of the family have to show patience in this case.

Sometimes try to understand their state of mind through various creative activities like sports and painting.

Help children find positive ways to express their annoying feelings such as anger, fear, and sadness.

Keep them within a certain routine as much as possible. Keep them busy one at a time.

Keep children away from violent incidents. Such experiences can have a negative effect on their normal behavior.

Explain to them that no one should be blamed for the corona infection. When watching, reading, or discussing the news about Covid-19, focus on the events of recovery from corona, ignoring infections and deaths. Attract them to other creative and fun things.

If someone in the family is sick or someone is taken to the hospital, or if there is a death, the children may feel extra anxious. In this case, try to keep them with a guardian behind everything as much as possible. Try to keep them simple by talking to them to allay fears.

If the child is abusive or behaves in a risky manner, speak calmly. Many of the naughty children express more anger than usual. In this case, when they calm down, ask them slowly how they are feeling. Explain in a consistent and calm way that what they did was wrong. Try to understand the reason behind the negative behavior.

Build relationships with them based on mutual trust and respect.

Teach children about the rules of personal safety. Warn them about any uncomfortable touches or unsafe gestures on their body. Listen carefully to their complaints.

For any special needs related to your child, call Childline 1098.

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