Actress Sameera Reddy Shares Lockdown’s Impact on Her Child
Created by Narayan Updated on Mar 27, 2020
As a child, I recall running away from the safety of my parents’ house or wherever they had left me to play for a while, to explore the world. I did it not once or twice in childhood, but I still do now at times. Just switching off from the limits you already know of and going beyond the horizon is just human nature.
With adults struggling to keep themselves positively occupied, imagine how tough it would be for the child and so it’s important for parents to engage their child positively and cheerfully for their social wellness, out of boredom and more importantly out of anxiety. Easier said than done though. Recently Bollywood actress Sameera Reddy made an Instagram post mentioning these problems with her child which brought her to tears.
She mentioned the signs of anxiety she noticed in her child. Summarising here: Not sleeping, walking around in the night Finding it hard to concentrate Not interested in food Being irritable and angry Behaving clingy all the time Displaying negative thoughts Complaining of tummy aches and acting lazyView this post on Instagram
It hurts me that Hans is exposed to the paranoia and fear. But this is the new normal . And imagine if we feel anxiety they feel it even more . Signs of deep anxiety in children -finding it hard to concentrate. -not sleeping, or waking in the night with bad dreams. -not eating properly. -quickly getting angry or irritable, and being out of control during outbursts. -constantly worrying or having negative thoughts. -feeling tense and fidgety, or using the toilet often. -always crying. -being clingy. -complaining of tummy aches and feeling unwell s ???????? please be aware and communicate with your child . It’s important . Keeping them busy is a good thing but talking to them and being honest about the situation is recommended . Make them feel safe. Lots of hugs and lots of patience . ❤️#staysafe #stayhome #mentalhealth #children #lockdown
She mentioned the signs of anxiety she noticed in her child. Summarising here:
Not sleeping, walking around in the night
Finding it hard to concentrate
Not interested in food
Being irritable and angry
Behaving clingy all the time
Displaying negative thoughts
Complaining of tummy aches and acting lazy
Sameera highlighted one important point in the post that being honest and talking to your child is essential. You may tell them stories for one or two days, but 21 days is a long time.
So what do you do as a parent to manage your child’s social and mental wellness?
Here’s a video to help you understand and manage your child’s social and mental wellness in these times of social isolation.
Here are a few tips, which will help you engage your child positively at home:
Nothing beats the good old physical activity when it comes to reaching your mental balance. A child will have the same reaction. Only, you will need to take care of the following three conditions:
Exercise with the child
Find something challenging or which requires practice to perfect
Increase the challenge
> If you and your child are a fan of hard exercise:
> If you want something mild yet meaningful, try yoga. Here are a few of our blog compilation of different yoga poses, which you can consider:
Note: Do not ever skip bathing or washing your hands after the exercises, no matter how elated you feel.
Now that you are in a good mood and you (including you child) know that you can still scale the horizons, time to improve your perspective. Reading can do that for you. Fortunately, we have the technology in place, even if you do not have physical books, you can look for some great reading material online.
Here is our collection of blogs with some amazing books for your child. Select as per the child’s age group:
Writing is an important skill and practice can make you a better writer. But the question would be, should your child write on a paper? Or a computer?
The answer is both. Here’s why. Writing on paper also stabilizes your child’s hands, will even improve his drawing skills.
[Why not give a challenge of writing a page out of a book in clear, and beautiful handwriting on a piece of paper?]
While writing on a computer is recommended for those who may have a good idea, in the form of a story, or essay, or just want to write a letter to you. So that they don’t have to waste paper trying to correct their mistakes. [Also, when your mind is stretched by an idea you wish to broadcast to the world, handwriting shouldn’t come in the way, should it?]
Listening is such an important skill, that even the wisest and grownup people seek to develop continuously. With your child, it will have to be you, listening without reaction, judgement or distraction is something that will quickly put your child back on his/her feet.
Listening also gives a feeling of importance and love, both are important for your child’s self-esteem.
Well! This should be a no brainer by now. Child’s mind is inquisitive, imaginative, and creative. Exploration comes cheap, however, describing their imagination or discoveries in pictures, put their brains to a challenge they may not want to give up on.
It also brings forth the exuberance of colours, if you can spare them. [Idea: Open a simple scenery/object on a computer or TV screen, let your child draw it to near perfection]
Social engagement is one of the essential pieces of a child’s development. Why not facilitate video chat once or twice a day with the families or your child’s friends? Let them engage, and share over the call which they would’ve done in person, in normal times.
Make sure the chat is on a video call so that they both can see each other.
Remember, in times of crisis, it's only each other that we have, but that is only when we can step out of the house. While you are locked up in the house, with only occasional strutting to get essentials, these are the modes of staying busy physically and mentally (does not include overthinking) that can sail you through.
Here’s the final piece of knowledge I can leave you with remembering the Cave rescue: How did the Thai boys survive underground?
This is a wonderful case of how to survive in total lockdown. Our situation is still far better, they were surrounded by water, without windows and sunlight, yet they survived and recovered. Social Isolation is tough for Children, and it’s important that we look closely, speak to them and make sure that they are not getting stressed. If they are, please don’t hesitate to reach out to a Child Psychologist for a video counselling session or a telecall. We are also working on it and shall soon post a link here to book such an appointment with a Counselor. Take care and cheer up!