How to manage anger & anxiety faced by parents during lockdown

Tips for parents to manage their emotions and handle their life more effectively

1) Be easy on yourself and on your kids

As a parent at this time, it’s easy to feel that you have so many roles to fulfill that you can’t possibly perform any of them well. But it’s important to remind yourself that this is a unique situation, a global health emergency that none of us have had to face before.

2)Pause! Before you React in Anger….

It’s the most important & most challenging part - being able to find the calm space in the heat of the moment!

3) Take Turns to Help

In the current times, while practising social isolation, you can share the load with your spouse or the other family members. While you remain busy with work, your spouse or other young and healthy family members can also engage the kid indoors.

4) Ease the tension before things blow

It is good to calm down from explosions, but it is even better if you can reduce the build-up in the first place.

5) Set boundaries

While you are working from home inside a room, you can hang a don’t disturb card on the door (especially when you are doing something that requires a lot of focus or attending an important call), so that, family members know that they need to keep the kids away from your working room. Giving a heads up to your kids before attending a call from the office will let them know that if they need any help , they need to wait or do it themselves…

6) Talk to each other

When the tension is lower, quiet family conversations can help by naming any stresses. Naming things like “this is a stressful time” or “I’m a bit grumpy about work today” helps children process emotions.

7-) Self-care

It is important to learn to take care of yourself first & meet your own emotional needs before you can meet the needs of your child !

9-) Enjoy nature

Being housebound all day can get boring at times. The whole family can spend some time outdoors on the balcony, terrace, or home garden without leaving the house spending some time appreciating the beauty of nature, breathing in the fresh air. Getting some fresh air and vitamin D is vital for proper growth.

10) Practice gratitude & appreciation every day

This point is personally my favorite part and I think each & every person should practice this.

I practice this everyday and believe me, this practice goes a very long way to make your day happier, more fulfilling, more satisfying, more fun-filled, less worried, less stressful and things become easier for you if you just practice gratitude everyday !

Tips for parents to manage anxiety in kids

1) Helping your kids with online classes and schoolwork

The coronavirus pandemic has thrown many of us into the role of de facto homeschool teacher. In addition to all your other responsibilities, you may be finding it difficult to keep your children on track or helping them with assignments.

2) Dealing with your child’s fears and stress

After watching the news or overhearing an adult conversation regarding the pandemic, young children might get scared. COVID-19 has changed their schooling, friendships, and normal routine, so it should be a top priority to address your child’s fears and reassure their physical and emotional well-being.

3) Practice Self-love

During these times, overwhelm, frustration, stress & anxiety is very common among children which hampers their sense of self-confidence. You can teach your children self-love and gratitude by giving them small topics (that make them feel good about themselves )to write every day.

4) Engage them in age-appropriate Household chores

Kids love to be of help !

5-)Meditation and yoga

Practicing meditation and yoga every single day is very effective to help relax the mind and body.
Which is very important during these times…

6) Engage more in lots of different games (outdoor games whenever possible). Get creative !!

You can take the help of your child’s therapist or teacher, other parents, social media, Pinterest, Facebook for getting more ideas regarding which games would be appropriate for your child’s age.

About the writer :-

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My name is Abhipsa Parida. I am an occupational therapist and I have been handling kids with special needs since 6 years. I run my own clinic in Bhubaneswar

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Abhipsa Parida

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My name is Abhipsa Parida. I am an occupational therapist and I have been handling kids with special needs since 6 years. I run my own clinic in Bhubaneswar

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