The pandemic has upended every aspect of life in the United States and continues to sow a deep uncertainty into life.
This loss of control and predictability can understandably result in stress and anxiety.
Adults have the ability to recognize and express anxiety, but children tend to not have the tools or language to understand or communicate anxiety.
New school years, communicating with friends and changing your routine can be exciting but stressful during ideal conditions, let alone during a global pandemic. In light of COVID-19, children are facing additional stress related to back-to-school, fall sports, or lack thereof, and many new routines.
Managing the stress and anxiety of so much change looks different for each child within each family. However, it is important to start conversations to ensure we are supporting children’s mental health during COVID-19.
Parents can actively help kids and adolescents manage stress by:
Call your child’s or adolescent’s health care provider if stress begins to interfere with their daily activities for several days in a row.
Find additional helpful information about kids and stress by visiting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Helping Children Cope webpage at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/for-parents.html.