Since the onset of the Novel Coronavirus, life has not been easy. It has been quite difficult for everyone in terms of adjusting to a new living condition, work-life balance, loss of job and home. Adults are not alone, children and young adults do share the same anxiety and disorder. This is where telehealth psychology comes to the rescue.
This situation has highly affected whole families, to various degrees. The pandemic has also taken away our control over our daily routine, our lives in general, and as a whole. Therefore, creating an order during an uncertain, and unstable time, and it creates a sense of order.
Talking about the Coronavirus disease to our children
When we talk about Coronavirus disease (Covid-19), it opens up communication about the family’s thoughts about the virus. We can delve deeper into how it has affected us individually and as a whole. Being honest and open about our feelings can really alleviate some of the kept concerns we hide from within, creating a breather. When speaking to our children, we must always keep in mind how old they are, how much they can take in and comprehend. Our children are a lot more receptive to stress than we assume. Especially when the stress is manifested in the way a child’s parent thinks, acts, relays words to the children and the mood swings they may observe.
To a certain extent, parents may not necessarily think about how their children are taking in the stresses felt through the actions of their parents. On that note, how would it be possible for us parents to address our children’s fears? Well, there are a few options that we can talk about. One of those options is talking about our stresses and anxieties with professionals. Yes, I am talking about getting professional mental health care, a professional we can talk to through counselling. A Psychiatrist or GP would be the next best option if need for medication rises.
Medicare Telehealth Australia offers online mental health support if travel is not possible, or not advisable. It has picked popularity especially in regional areas. If our child is below the age of 18 years old, there are child therapy specialists who are certified. A search about telehealth psychiatry and telehealth psychology can probably give us a good idea on where to avail of such help in Australia. We can also contact our GPs for more information and to guide us if we find that we need professional help.
Addressing our children’s fears
On the other hand, if professional mental health care is not necessarily needed, there are other ways that we as parents can do to address our children’s fears around Coronavirus disease. Simple steps such as:
- Talking to our children about any frightening news they hear is beneficial.
- Recognising our children’s feelings is also helpful. We must let them know that we have noticed if they are sad, happy, anxious or depressed. This usually allows children to open the door of communication. It allows us inside, to ease and to comfort their anxieties.
- Encourage the family and the children to talk, to video call, to chat and ask about people’s day.
- Model the feelings, meaning, our children watch everything we do and say. If we can’t control our emotions and our feelings, how can we expect them to do so?
- Be generous with your hugs and kisses. Nothing beats the warmth of a human’s touch and the appease we hear from assuring words.
- Keep a healthy routine. Schedule activities such as time for breakfast and time for washing dishes. Take time for taking a bath, time for a bit of biking or exercise and then time for television or computer. A planned schedule brings order. A sense of fulfilment and accomplishment is achieved when tasks are done.
Telehealth Psychology for Mental Health
If all of those listed above are of no help and we still struggle with our parenting, we can turn to professional supports. Coronavirus disease has affected everyone at various levels. We must always try to do everything that we can do to protect our mental health. We must be vigilant. Since the pandemic had started, telehealth psychiatry and telehealth psychology has picked up popularity for those who seek professional help. Online mental health support is an option for those who can’t access to transportation or live remotely. Help is available. Sometimes, reading about our parenting concerns, or educating ourselves about parenting during COVID can help. You may also benefit from talking to friends or your GP.
Let us always remember that our parental anxieties should not be seen as a life sentence. It can be treated. Telehealth psychology services can be mor aplicable for those regional areas or who can’t leave the home due to parental commitments. It can be an avenue to getting professional mental health services.