As a society, we are certainly experiencing challenging times at the moment. Even if we don’t speak about some situations out loud, our children sense our feelings and frustrations and internalise them. If they see us stressed, they will become stressed. If they see us worried, they become worried. It is important to be open and honest with our children, but it is also important to teach them how even though things might be tough, we have good strategies to ‘bounce back’. Resilience is crucial for our mental health. Resilience is the ability to adapt well to adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or even significant sources of stress. Having resilience can help our children manage stress and feelings of anxiety and uncertainty. However, being resilient does not mean that children won't experience difficulty or distress. Sadness and stress are common when we suffer loss, or even when we hear of someone else's loss or trauma.
This is what our children face at the moment. They are constantly hearing about the trauma and loss around the world. They see the empty shelves in the shops. How can we help our children navigate this tricky time?
By being positive ourselves.
By maintaining connections to friends and family (at this time, via technology).
By having our children help others, such as writing positive notes and cards to loved ones.
By keeping routines as normal as possible, even when we are at home.
As a community we will come through this challenging time and we can help our children maintain a positive and hopeful outlook for the future.