The global coronavirus health crisis is a stressful time for everyone in Singapore and around the world.
Everyone responds to stress differently—our children and teenagers are no exception. They may have many mixed feelings about the coronavirus and rapidly changing measures implemented by our government to keep everyone safe and our nation as healthy as possible. Some children and teenagers may have a positive or neutral response to the changes in the home or school as a result of the Circuit Breaker and other implemented measures during this COVID-19 period, while others may not. These changes can be confusing or frustrating for children and teenagers.
Other feelings children and teenagers may experience are:
Children and teenagers can cope better with social support, when key adult figures in their lives talk to them and clarify their worries with accurate, updated and age-appropriate information about the coronavirus and the measures being taken in Singapore (i.e., social distancing of 1.5m to 2m, "Circuit Breaker", home-based learning). They may also adjust better to these changes with their family's help and support.
Click to read advice by the KKH Psychosocial Trauma Support Service team on how families, children and teenagers can better cope with stress and practise self-care during COVID-19:
Five tips on how to talk to your child and teenager about physical distancing and the "circuit breaker"
Five tips for helping your child or teenager cope with COVID-19 stress
Mindful Moments: Keeping Calm in Stressful TimesPart 1: Tips for Parents of Young Children
Mindful Moments: Keeping Calm in Stressful TimesPart 2: Tips for Teenagers
Nurturing family relationships during the COVID-19 period
Self care for parents and caregivers of children and teenagers
Acknowledgements This article was contributed by the Psychosocial Trauma Support Service at KK Women's and Children's Hospital.
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