COVID-19 might negatively impact some individuals more than others. Below are three key tips to support staff, parents and community members that focus on preventing possible post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms.
Focus on what you can control in your day to day life. Have a karaoke night, host a Netflix party, bake, meditate, journal or draw! Name it to tame it - share with someone how you are feeling and why to help manage those negative feelings. Limit your exposure to the news as they could cause more distress.
Children, adolescents and adults present symptoms differently. Young children might not have the ability to verbalize their needs, which could cause an increase in negative behavior. Children and adolescents might present stress as headaches, stomachaches, and difficulty sleeping.
Be mindful that the needs for resources will change over time. As the SAH order becomes the new normal, different needs might arise and will require us to be adaptable to them. Be active in updating your resources.