Challenges due to COVID -19

Faced by adults and children

A major pandemic such as COVID-19 results in a psychosocial disturbance among the population.

These psychosocial disturbances could be:

  • Increased financial stress for parents and families due to low income and or unemployment during COVID – 19.
  • Tension or friction at home caused by :
  1. Financial situation
  2. stress
  3. fear
  4. anxiety
  • Increased use of alcohol and drugs
  • Uncertainty of ones future
  • Being able to stay safe and protected from COVID – 19
  • Fear of family or friends contracting the virus
  • Schooling and work
  1. Some learners are uncertain of their schooling and are anxious about their future
  2. Adults are stressed and anxious about job stability
  • Stress and agitation
  1. Sport, gym and socialising are not permitted and so many children and adults have no other way to alleviate their stress and tension as these activities helped with stress relief prior to the pandemic
  • Increased anxiety , depression and distress among adults and children
  • Stigma associated with COVID-19
  • Social media and negative posts /thoughts and or comments

Possible solutions or resolutions:

  • Positive self-talk
  • Introspection ( looking at one’s self and identifying feelings and reactions)
  • Calming techniques
  1. Breathing
  2. Relaxing
  • Adaptive techniques
  1. Finding new methods of interaction / socialising in line with the laws
  2. Finding new methods of alleviating stress in line with the laws
  • Importance of being cautious in the spread of COVID -19
  1. Social distancing
  2. Hand washing
  3. Abiding by the laws put in place
  • Healthy lifestyle
  1. Healthy eating
  2. Exercising
  3. Reading
  • Open line of communication in homes among parents and children to alleviate tension
  • Beware of signs of depression and anxiety
  • Supporting each other and motivating each other
  • Mitigating the stigma of COVID -19
  • Reporting abuse and or being vigilant of signs of abuse
  • Being aware of the risks associated with social media
  1. Cyberbullying
  2. Fearmongering ( causing fear or panic) , fake news

Get more tips and resources at www.childrens.com/covid19

Brigette Pillay

EHS school counsellor