Impact of the pandemic on children’s mental health

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All children have within them the potential to be great kids. It’s our job to create a great world where this potential can flourish
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Childhood is all about going to school, making friends, doing homework, playing, jumping, running around, and also growing strong and confident with the love, affection and care of parents and near and dear ones. Every child is the king/queen of his/her own kingdom and they are capable of ruling over it. A child’s mental health is as important as his/her physical wellbeing. As elders, it’s our primary duty to provide them a healthy environment where they can grow as healthy individuals and provide them opportunities to hone their potentials.

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Unfortunately, the outbreak of the COVID19 pandemic has severely impacted our livelihood and normal schedules. The imposed lockdown has forced everybody to live like caged birds especially children who love to go to schools, to parks to study, to play, and to make and meet new friends. Most of the children are sitting idle indoor and getting addicted to gadgets like mobile phones, computers, television, or play stations that may cause addiction disorder. They may also experience phases of anxiety, fear, insecurity, irritability, and anger which can sometimes require medical attention.

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It is important to counsel the children and help them children understand that the pandemic will end soon and they will be able to come back to their normal routine soon. It’s crucial to educate them on the dos and don’ts to be done in the current scenario. Keep up a daily routine as far as possible, help them in online classes, and very importantly spend as much time possible with them. As far as possible make them talk to their grandparents and friends through audio/video calls. Avoid any discussion that could make them feel insecure such as talking about the death rate or the number of increased cases in presence of them. And if the fear or anxiety still persists, do not hesitate to consult a mental health professional.

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Written by-Suravita Sen

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