In the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak, children are temporarily not in school and are saddled with the unfavorable option of doing virtual schooling. These changes in routines and activities can be stressful for any child. Children with ADHD may even face more challenges navigating the challenging routine of virtual learning. Even children without ADHD are struggling. Adults and parents are not immune to stressful times.
So what should you do when the pressure becomes almost overwhelming? These are a few nuggets for survival during these times:
Good Workspace for Virtual Schooling
The work environment can be your number one cause of stress. An unkempt study, reading table, or room can make kids very uncomfortable. Ensure the workspace is colorful and well ordered. Noise can also get in the way of paying attention to the task at hand. Keep the room well ventilated
Create a schedule of activities for the day. Parents should help their students create a schedule if there’s none available from the school districts. Write down what needs to be done (little goals) for the children. If your student is in early grade class, you as a parent may need to help your student to manage this process.
Postponing a task, you can conveniently accomplish today for tomorrow will increase pressure on you because you might have more to work on the next day. Start early, keep a healthy constant pace. Own your schedule by creating your schedule in such a way that tasks should be completed a day or two before the deadlines. Parents may have to help their students in areas because kids have generally new to the subject of goals and timelines.
Take it Easy
This may apply more to parents. Do not be too hard on yourself even when the pressure is mounting. Doing so will only increase your stress level. Concentrate on the time and schedule that must be accomplished and fashion out a way to soldier on. If you need help or resources, please reach out to someone that can help or identify online resources outside of class that may be of help. Parents should from time encourage their students to speak up if they need help. When the pressure is mounting on you is to remain positive; positive thinking, according to research, can help shake off stress.
Breathe and Smile
Practice the act of deep breathing! Sometimes we forget to breathe easily. This helps to decompress and put past events in perspective. According to science, the facial area consists of muscles that have a direct link to the emotional center of the brain. When you smile, positive thoughts are sent to your mind.
Have enough rest times! A poor night rest or stressful day is not good for your health. Some of the other ways to rest are listening to good music or meditating.
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