5 Tips to Build Resilience during a Crisis

In the current dynamic situation it is important to remember that our children are looking toward the trusted adults in their lives for reassurance and cues on how to react and respond.  Here are some tips suggested by our counselors on how to build your own resilience and help your children cope with a crisis.

  1. Keep calm: If you show anxiety or fear, your child will pick up on this and also feel nervous and afraid. Having calm, panic-free discussions can ease emotions around the inevitable changes. Check-in on how your child is feeling and acknowledge and address their worries.

  2. Eliminate stigma: It is important to be aware of how the COVID-19 is explained to your children to avoid any person/group being blamed. Also communicate that if someone has a fever or cough, it does not necessarily mean this person has the coronavirus. 

  3. Stick to the facts: Consider your child’s age, processing, and emotions to determine how to frame conversations around COVID-19 to ensure your child understands. Discuss that not everything they hear or see is real. It can also be comforting to highlight positive news as well (i.e. recoveries around the world). 

  4. Consider Media Consumption: When looking online, consider the source and fact-check to prevent fake news, and think before you share. Be mindful of how much media you are checking and minimize how often you are reading stories. 

  5. Boost Your Coping Strategies: Uncertainty can increase our levels of anxiety. Therefore positive coping strategies are essential. They can differ from person to person and include:  positive self-talk, singing, dancing, reading, drawing, music, Netflix/movies, creating a gratitude list, meditation, yoga, coloring, exercise, cooking/baking, talking to a friend or family member, or doing other activities that are fun or give you joy and make you feel good.

 

Feel free to reach out and share what helps you build resilience at marketing@aas-sofia.org. We will share your comments and pictures with the rest of the community.

Check our COVID-19 page for more useful information.