Hey there HOTMOMMAS! I hope you all are taking care of yourselves and feeling ok during these trying times. As I watched the news earlier today, I was thinking about how the travel bans, school closings, etc. may affect families and communities. My son’s Thespian Conference was cancelled then their school spring break was extended for an additional week and I can’t find any toilet paper😦. WTH…I had a flight planned to a conference which potentially is being cancelled and the cruise line that I service is closed. Not to mention the fact that I have been answering questions and dealing with other’s anxiety about the coronavirus for the past week or so. To say the least, this unanxious mama was starting to feel a little tension.
Although my youngest son was upset about these sudden changes with his long anticipated performance at Thespians, he’s had to maintain his stance that we were all still overreacting to this “Coronavirus”. As he continued to say this, it irritated us because he appeared to ignore some of the important facts and obvious reasons for concerns. Then a light bulb turned on in my head as I remembered that he has been taught to manage his anxiety. So a part of controlling his emotions, he refused to engage in conversations that heightened his anxiety and focused on his music and dancing….smart guy😉.
It’s so easy to allow the stress of the circumstances arising from the Covid-19 crisis to overwhelm us as we worry about our children and families. This worry can sometimes turn into anxiety and then a full blown anxiety attack and panic.
As a mom, it’s important to understand that anxiety is a normal way of dealing with a situation such as this. Theres lots to be concerned about but don’t allow your emotions to overcome you. Keep in mind that your teens may also experience anxiety and need to look to you for support during these trying times.
A few things you can do to minimize you and your children’s stress: focus on something other than the coronavirus, turn the TV off and don’t listen to all of the hype, ensure your teens that there are precautions we can take to protect ourselves and take this down time to focus on you and your family.
Continue to be safe and if you need to chat, feel free to reach out! Take care! ❤