Coping with COVID-19-related stress
During this challenging time, children and parents may be feeling a lot of stress. This can be caused by changes to your daily routine, worries about your health and well-being, and worries about the health of family members.
It’s important to:
- Stick to a daily schedule
- Eat nutritious meals
- Get exercise in your home or yard (while still physically distancing from neighbors)
- Sleep well
Make time to connect with friends over the phone, through social media, or using a video platform
For teens, many of whom are feeling anxious with all of the changes, having a routine can be particularly beneficial in helping them cope. Learn more.
Children can also benefit from opportunities to stay busy and engaged at home. Get some ideas from Boston Children’s Hospital child life specialists.
The behavioral health team at Boston Children’s Health Physicians has put together the following tips for families
The New York Health Department also offers an evidence-based collection of guided meditations and workouts, some geared to children, to help manage stress and anxiety.