Talk to Kids About Coronavirus: Help them Manage Worries. This afternoon, my typically level-headed, kind 5-year-old screamed some pretty unkind words at his 3-year-old brother.
My knee jerk reaction was to call him out but instead, I pulled him aside and asked him how he was feeling. He was immediately in a puddle and spewed some worries about getting Coronavirus. Many of our kids have been hearing about COVID-19 for weeks at school, from friends, on the news, and at home, and while they might not know how to appropriately express their feelings about the situation, they might be holding on to some pretty strong worries. That Discomfort You’re Feeling Is Grief. Executive Summary During the global pandemic, a palpable sense of collective grief has emerged.
Grief expert David Kessler says that grief is actually multiple feelings that we must manage. In an interview with HBR, he explains how the classic five stages of grief (denial, anger, bargaining, sadness, acceptance) apply today, and the practical steps we can take to manage the anxiety. Those include balancing bad thoughts with good; focusing on the present; letting go of things you can’t control; and stocking up on compassion. Kessler also talks about a sixth stage of grief: meaning. We’ve made our coronavirus coverage free for all readers. Some of the HBR edit staff met virtually the other day — a screen full of faces in a scene becoming more common everywhere. Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource. A new type of coronavirus, abbreviated COVID-19, is causing an outbreak of respiratory (lung) disease.
It was first detected in China and has now been detected internationally. While the immediate health risk in the United States is low, it is important to plan for any possible outbreaks if the risk level increases in the future. Concern over this new virus can make children and families anxious. Let’s meet this moment together — Calm Blog. Professional Counseling With A Licensed Therapist. Employee Assistance Plan. Taking Control of Panic Attacks. “Your heart is racing, you begin to hyperventilate, every nerve in your body is exploding — it seems you're about to die.”
~Sean Callebs About six million American adults experience panic attacks in a given year. Panic disorder is a real illness characterized by sudden attacks of terror, and physical symptoms including a racing heartbeat, sweatiness, weakness, or dizziness. The good news is panic disorder is highly treatable. BHP Blog - Behavioral Health Partners (BHP) By: Sara Smith, BSW Anxiety is something most of us have experienced at least once in our life.
Public speaking, performance reviews, and new job responsibilities are just some of the work-related situations that can cause even the calmest person to feel a little stressed. This five-step exercise can be very helpful during periods of anxiety or panic by helping to ground you in the present when your mind is bouncing around between various anxious thoughts. Before starting this exercise, pay attention to your breathing. Coronavirus: How to protect your mental health. Image copyright Emma Russell Coronavirus has plunged the world into uncertainty and the constant news about the pandemic can feel relentless.
All of this is taking its toll on people's mental health, particularly those already living with conditions like anxiety and OCD. So how can we protect our mental health? Being concerned about the news is understandable, but for many people it can make existing mental health problems worse. When the World Health Organization released advice on protecting your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak, it was broadly welcomed. As Anxiety UK's Nicky Lidbetter explains, the fear of being out of control and unable to tolerate uncertainty are common characteristics of many anxiety disorders. 10 Ways to Ease Your Coronavirus Anxiety.
Another important component of putting the pandemic in perspective is balancing what we should and should not do.
As a general rule, Dr. Lerner suggests we be vigilant rather than underreacting. “Erring on the side of being overly cautious is challenging because it goes against our deep human need for physical connection. It’s tempting to rationalize our wish to have that one friend over or to see that one client in our office, especially when our economic interests are at stake.” Uncertainty and second-guessing are part of the human condition. We are hard-wired for a fight-or-flight response. When survival anxiety is high and goods feel scarce, it’s easy to blame or scapegoat others, forgetting that we are all in this together. How to Work From Home, if You’ve Never Done It Before. More and more companies are having employees work from home to help slow the spread of coronavirus.
If you find yourself among those trying to figure out how to work from home, I can help. I’ve been a freelance writer for 15 years, setting up first in the small corner of an apartment and then moving into space with a dedicated office where I could shut the door. I love it, but I know it’s not an easy transition, especially if it’s not one you’ve been planning for.