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COVID-19 Mental Health Impact on Families

We may be in it for the long haul with our unwelcome guest, COVID-19.  No one knows much about anything regarding how this pans out but what we do know if there has been a massive impact of families across the globe as they’ve done their best to adapt to the changes in school, work, finances, social routines, etc.

Kids and Anxiety

The mental health consequences are significant, not only for those managing anxiety, depression and discomfort with uncertainty but for kids who are less equipped to process the pandemic.  They have been pulled from their normal routines and change can already be challenging for children, in particular.  A normal response is anxiety which may be harder to detect or be misread.

Parent Stress and Working from Home / Home Schooling for Kids

A major challenge has been for parents trying to work at home while managing school work for their children.  Parents are wearing more hats than they ever imagined and weren’t trained for, sometimes causing overwhelm and conflict in families.  A clever company is now offering  virtual babysitting services to lighten the load and give parents breathing room to get to their own jobs or time for themselves.  Some children are no longer in school session but we we will possibly again find ourselves managing part-time if not full-time online school again when it fires up, depending on what the virus has decided to do in your particular area.

Financial Stress

With skyrocketing unemployment and many still blocked from working because of the “unwelcome guest” in our midst, money concerns and even survival issues loom large.  This is another area where people can benefit from learning emotional self-regulation and self-soothing to manage chronic stress.  And many are looking more closely than ever at the nuts and bolts of budgeting to manage their spending.

Uncertainty, Grief, Loneliness and Loss

That’s a mouthful of uncomfortable emotions but most people have spent some time in one or many of those feelings.  And let’s add trauma to the mix while we’re at it. No one knows what’s going to happen or the full scope of impact to our society and world at the hands of the virus.  We are wired to asses threat and “not knowing” for long periods of time is highly stressful for our brains.  The grief around what we’ve lost and will lose is felt collectively all over the world and people are continuing to struggle how to make sense of it.

Our way of life has changed and possibly for a long time.  We need to learn to adapt  and learning the tools to do that can help.

The Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association is offering a Mental Health Masterclass Series addressing the above concerns and others related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Their hope is to fill your toolbox with practical ways to improve the mental health and well-being of your family now and moving forward in these murky times.

They are offering 6 individual Masterclasses to choose from (LIVE or access to the recording within a month) or the option to buy the series for a reduced rate.  For the readers of LoveAndLifeToolbox.com they are offering a further discount of 15% off any purchase.

Here’s a brief look:

Masterclass 1 | ANXIETY, KIDS & SELF-CARE: Tools to Help Them… & Yourself

  • Discover how to support and manage a child’s mental health during times of change, isolation and high stress, while learning valuable self-care strategies.

Masterclass 2 | Tools for Working From Home… With Kids!

  • Discover how to support and manage a child’s mental health during times of change, isolation and high stress, while learning valuable self-care strategies.

Masterclass 3 | How to Cope with Financial Stress During COVID-19

  • How to manage financial stress and spending during uncertain times.

Masterclass 4 | Are You Addicted? Behaviours Formed During Isolation

  • The surprising links between addiction and spending time alone.

Masterclass 5 | CHAOS, CRISIS & UNCERTAINTY: Building Your Mental Muscles

  • How exercise, sleep and diet impact on your mental health.

Masterclass 6 | LONELINESS, LOSS & GRIEF

  • Techniques to improve your mental health during challenging times.

Learn more about the Mental Health Masterclass Series and if you decide to purchase an individual masterclass or the whole package,  be sure to use the code, LOVE20 for 15% off!

*Prices in Australian dollars.   🙂

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Lisa Brookes Kift, MFT

Lisa Brookes Kift, MFT

Lisa Brookes Kift, MFT is the creator of LoveAndLifeToolbox.com with emotional and relationship health articles, guides, courses and other tools for individuals and couples. She is a frequent consultant for the media having appeared in CNN.com, HuffingtonPost.com, MensHealth.com and others. Lisa has a private practice in Marin County, CA and offers Emotional Health and Relationship Consultations via email, phone or video conference.