Lockdown is Finished. Now What?
With lockdown finished and the kids returning to school, there are lot of big changes for the kids to get used to. For some, the return to school is an easy transition, yet for others, the prospect of being back in a bustling class room can be extremely daunting. Either way, such a major change is likely to bring on fatigue, restlessness and unease.
As a parent it can always feel overwhelming in helping your children with such a transition. Things that might help:
Reassure your kid that it is safe to return to school. Stay calm and empathise with your kids during this transition to help instill a sense of safety and security for your child.
Reassure them that it is normal to have mixed feelings about the return to school and that everyone may experience the transition differently.
Encourage them to ask questions and to talk about their feelings. Creating a safe and open environment for them to discuss their concerns or confusion is a great start in breaking out of the stay at home bubble.
Ensure they get enough rest. After a long period of home-schooling you child might feel more fatigued once returning to school. Schedule in quiet evenings and activities and a structured night time routine to make sure the kids are getting adequate sleep to help them processes these changes in routine.
Remember that this transition back to school is only a phase and that children are incredibly resilient and soon too will adapt to the new post lockdown world we’re living in.
Here are some great tools and activities to help with the transition:
Headspace is a free app with every day mindfulness activities and meditations. They have recently developed “Headspace for Kids” section within the Headspace app to help children be healthy and happy, not just now but for the rest of their lives.
Moshi is an award-winning, audio-only app that helps kids get to sleep faster and stay asleep for longer. In a recent study*, scientists at New York University discovered that on average, when using Moshi: kids fell asleep 28 minutes faster, and night wakings decreased by up to 50%.
Colouring in Books
The act of sitting down and colouring in is an extremely present activity. Play some calming music (here is a great playlist on Spotify), pencils, a colouring in book (here are some great suggestions from Kmart) and get drawing! You will be surprised at how rewarding this activity is.
When in doubt, always speak to a professional: