Riding the Corona Coaster
Across Victoria, students and their families are experiencing challenging times as we endure our second period of lockdown. Riding this "Corona Coaster" and navigating the ups and downs of the current reality is proving to be confronting for many people. No one could have imagined at the start of 2020 the levels of disappointment, disruption and despondency that we would all be facing.
Despite the uncertainty of not knowing what will happen next, there are many things parents can do to ward off the potential for anxiety and depression in their children as restrictions continue. As Michael Carr-Gregg explains in this helpful SchoolTV Report, parents should remember to put their own "psychological oxygen mask" on first. That is, take the time to ensure that your self-care is prioritised so that you may in turn help your children maintain a routine of sleep, exercise and healthy eating.
Young people will take their cues from the adults around them, so focusing on what can be controlled, and maintaining a healthy level of perspective will set a more hopeful tone. Remind your children that we have been through this once, and we have the opportunity now to change the things that didn't work so well last time. Thankfully, this will not continue forever and there is light at the end of the tunnel!
I am also sharing some additional links to further support services for all members of our community. Stay well, stay safe.