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How to deal with your own anxiety and talk to your kids about the coronavirus crisis

It’s a strange time right now, as governments impose travel bans, self-isolation and cancels public events.

And while we are trying to deal with practicing good hygiene during the coronavirus crisis, we should also make sure we are looking after our own mental health as well as our children’s.

How to deal with your own anxiety and talk to your kids about the coronavirus crisis

How to look after your mental health during the coronavirus crisis

There seems to be a lot to worry about at the moment, and mental health experts are calling for people to pay attention to any anxious or depressive feelings they may be experiencing.

The World Health Organisation has published some guidelines on how do deals with stress during the outbreak.

How to deal with your own anxiety and talk to your kids about the coronavirus crisis

Some of their recommendations include:

  • Avoid watching, reading or listening to news that could lead you to feel anxious or distressed
  • Seek information mainly to use practical steps to prepare your plans and protect yourself and your loved ones
  • Seek information updates at specific times

How to deal with the stress of what’s happening

1. Schedule in time for yourself

Make sure you take the time to relax and unwind. Have a bath or meditate. You don’t need to be constantly glued to the TV screen.

2. Exercise

Even if you are self-isolating, you can still exercise at home. We have a heap of exercises you can do from the comfort of your living room on our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.

3. Eat well

Just because you’re at home, it doesn’t mean you need to indulge in junk food. Make sure you’re eating a healthy, balanced diet.

4. Sleep well

As hard as it is to switch off with so much that is unknown, turn your phone off at night and try and get a good night’s sleep.

5. Don’t stay in your PJs

You may not be going out of the house, but it’s important you keep to a routine. Shower and change like you would if you were leaving the house or going to work.

6. Give yourself space

If you are at home with your kids or partner, make sure you remove yourself from the room from time to time. This way, you won’t be stepping on anyone’s toes and it will save you from any cabin-fever induced arguments.

7. Stay connected with people

You may not be able to see people in the flesh, but you can still phone, FaceTime or message loved ones to make sure they’re okay. It’s important you stay connected.

How to talk to your kids about the coronavirus crisis

How to deal with your own anxiety and talk to your kids about the coronavirus crisis

While your children may not fully understand the severity of what’s going on, they may be aware that things are slightly different in their routine. However, you don’t want to freak them out.

As adults we have a responsibility to protect our children from distress.

1. Don’t over dramatise events

“Use age-appropriate language, watch their reactions, and be sensitive to their level of anxiety”, says UNICEF. 

2. Keep consistency

“Keep regular routines and schedules as much as possible, especially before they go to sleep, or help create new ones in a new environment,” says UNICEF.

3. Be reassuring

Explain why it’s better to stay home if they’re not feeling well or they can’t see their friends.

“Remind your children that they can have other difficult conversations with you at any time,” concludes UNICEF.

“Remind them that you care, you’re listening and that you’re available whenever they’re feeling worried.”

The 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge has MIND, BODY & BREATH sessions

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The Healthy Mummy MIND, BODY & BREATH sessions are designed to support mindful motherhood (and compliment your exercise program while following the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge).

It is designed to help reduce stress and improve mood among pregnant women and early mums, enhance your connection with self-care practices and really thrive through the transformation of motherhood.

If you feel depressed or are suffering from  depression and or anxiety, we advise you to seek help from your GP or call Lifeline 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue 1300 22 46 36.

About The Healthy Mummy MIND, BODY & BREATH sessions

There is three Healthy Mummy MIND.BODY.BREATH sessions for you to choose from:

  • 3 minute
  • 5 minute
  • 10 minute

All Healthy sessions begin with a MIND.BODY.BREATH warm-up, to get you settled and prepared.

We recommend you begin your Healthy Mummy guided MIND.BODY.BREATH practice by doing it twice a week.

Start slow and gradually grow your practice so that it becomes a habit. Your aim is to be able to do it daily. Set a reminder for yourself as a morning or bedtime ritual. Find a time that works for you.

Find your inner peace and relax with the awesome meditation section we now have on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.

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written by:

Jennifer Hartnett

Jennifer is our Senior News Producer with a passion for trending news and lifestyle stories. Jennifer spends the rest of her time running around after her son Kian.