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4 ways to help kids relax as lockdown upends everyday life

Keep a sense of normalcy

Even though children are no longer following their usual school day routines, you can establish and follow a new routine at home.
Decide together as a family the best way that you and the kids can get some exercise, complete schoolwork and stay connected with friends and teachers. Staying active and engaged will help ward off boredom.

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Keep a sense of normalcy

Even though children are no longer following their usual school day routines, you can establish and follow a new routine at home.
Decide together as a family the best way that you and the kids can get some exercise, complete schoolwork and stay connected with friends and teachers. Staying active and engaged will help ward off boredom.

Be careful about news consumption

Children should watch or listen to the news with their parents but only in moderation. Parents should immediately address any questions or concerns their kids may have in a developmentally appropriate manner.
Keep in mind that if you don’t answer your child’s questions, they may search for other unreliable sources on the internet.

Acknowledge your own anxiety

Children learn anxious behaviors from their parents. Taking the time to address your own worries and decrease your anxiety will benefit the whole family.
To reduce anxiety, practice deep breathing, meditation, and yoga or other grounding techniques.

A sense of control

Teach your kids specific measures they can take to prevent the spread of the new virus: emphasize the importance of washing hands correctly for at least 20 seconds, encourage them not to touch their faces, especially their eyes, mouth, and nose and make sure they eat healthy foods and drink enough water.

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