Helping kids and teens cope through COVID-19
We’re all living through an unprecedented time — and many of us, kids, teens and adults, have trouble adapting to such drastic changes so quickly. This can lead to stress and worry fueled emotions taking over, which can begin to result in physical symptoms like headaches, muscle aches, upset stomachs and difficulty sleeping.
It can also be difficult to concentrate on things like schoolwork, especially as we’re all out of our normal routines and trying to learn how to be students at home, and even maintaining friendships.
In the video below, Jennifer Bills, a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Mercer Health, has a couple of activities for kids and teens to try to help ground their minds and refocus to help break the worry cycle.
We have rounded up some additional information from trusted resources to help parents during this time:
- What parents need to know about Coronavirus
- Talking to kids about Coronavirus
- AAP tips for parents dealing with pandemic related stress
- Children’s books about Mental Health
- Working and learning from home
- Positive parenting and COVID-19
- Getting outside during COVID-19
- How to keep kids busy and connected
Jennifer is a licensed COPE provider offering the Creating Opportunities for Personal Empowerment (COPE) program at Mercer Health. For more information, contact the Mercer Health Center for Healthy Weight & Wellness at 419-678-8446.
If you have concerns regarding your child’s physical or mental health, contact their primary care provider.