Jessie Shepherd, LCMHC, a Mental Health Counselor, says children are looking for guidance on how scared they should be during the COVID-19 scare. Shepherd says it's important for adults to remain calm and reassuring and to talk with them about their concerns and distress.
She says you may notice an increase in regression behaviors, such as wetting the bed even after growing out of this stage. There also may be an increase in clinging to parents or caregivers. Kids may also be irritable and may act out as well.
In order to manage distress, Shepherd offers this advice:
-Think realistic measures and don't act in panic:
-It is okay to be upset and worried, but action should be taken from a logical standpoint.
-Prepping is okay as long as you are not putting yourself into financial danger or over-hoarding. Make sure to talk to the household as a whole to make sure everyone knows the plan and protocol to reduce exposure to germs/emergency measures.
-Try to stick to routines as much as possible.
- Routines can be comforting for the family unit.
-Be ready to talk and discuss household concerns.
-Remain calm and be reassuring when having these discussions.
Finally, Shepherd says be kind to others and be respectful.
If you'd like more information you can contact Shepherd by visiting: jessiethetherapist.com