The psychological effects of coronavirus (COVID-19) on children 

Are you settling into life after coronavirus / COVID-19? Not many of us are talking about the transition back to so-called “normal life”. Now is the perfect time to reflect on what we want our “normal” to look like. To take the time to think about what is important in our lives, what makes us happy, and what we might want to see more of or want to change.

As clinical psychologists, over the last few months our lives have consisted of zoom sessions from our home offices. The effects of COVID-19 were significant on mental health in the community. People experienced job loss, marriage and relationship breakdowns, and financial hardship. An emotional roller coaster. What about our kids? They were often left wondering what coronavirus was, why they couldn’t see their friends, and feelings of not wanting to return to school. Lots of change, stress, and worry.

Our vision of the future is to see children walking into this new time without fear and anxiety, and a strong sense of self. After all, children are our future. To help kids manage life beyond COVID-19, there are a few simple steps you can take:

  • Keep routines as predictable as possible
  • Speak to kids about what is happening (briefly) in a language they understand, and
  • Limit their exposure to news programs

Our cosy clinic, located in the heart of Marcoola Beach on the Sunshine Coast, is opening up to provide children with a safe and relaxing space to talk about their worries, build self-confidence, and to walk out of this time with increased resilience.

About the authors

Linda Finch and Chaya Moloney-Lees are both Paediatric Clinical Psychologists. Linda also delivers Naturopathic services for children. Located at Balance Psychology and Wellness at Marcoola Beach on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. You can find out more about their services on their website, Facebook page, and Instagram.

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