Four months ago life changed and we were filled with uncertainty. Without our usual activities and expectations we had trouble knowing if we were doing okay. Together we have focused on managing our expectations and living in the moment. But how do these changes make us feel? It’s not surprising that reports of mental health concerns are on the rise.
Recognizing and Identifying Emotions is the First Step
Reports say that people are experiencing lots of big feelings during the pandemic: sadness, frustration, worry, boredom, loneliness and resignation. Many express their feelings using words, but it’s important to know that we also experience emotions in physical and behavioural ways.
Children don’t always express their feelings in the same ways as adults, so it’s key to recognize other signs that something may be going on:
It’s important to support our children’s mental well-being during the pandemic. As parents or professionals, we are likely to respond differently if we think a child is misbehaving versus if they are feeling insecure, worried or sad. Recognizing emotions and its impact will help us know what to do next.
Visit our website for mental health resources in York Region and Simcoe County. For emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest hospital emergency department.
Kinark- Caregivers Converse Support Group - "Advice to my Younger Self"
Research has shown that caregivers of children with autism experience challenges that can lead to stress and isolation. Finding the time to care for your own physical and mental well being, meet others, and speak about your experiences can be challenging. Facilitated by our social worker, our caregiver support group aims to empower caregivers of children with autism by creating a safe space where you can share your experiences, as well as gain understanding and support from other caregivers with similar experiences.
Kinark- Caregivers Converse Support Group - "Making Time for Me! (Ages 11 – 15)"
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