Preparing for a coronavirus second wave or lockdown

There’s a lot of uncertainty at the moment about are we heading for a coronavirus second wave? Will there be another lockdown? What does everything mean for your and your family?

In a situation where there are very few answers, it can be hard to prepare. Because what are you preparing for? Below are some tips to help you feel more ready for if there is a second wave or another national or local lockdown.

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Practical things you can do

  • Try and keep consistent routines in place at home so that even if things outside the home are changing, there is a stable routine to work with.
  • Take time for your own well-being – think of activities that you can do to stay calm.
  • Help your children learn to be resilient. This will help them to cope better with the ups and downs that a second wave or lockdown may bring. Here’s some useful advice on building resilience in young children.
  • Speak to your child’s school or childcare provider to find out what their current protocol is around Covid-19 so that you can be prepared. Make sure you read any updates they share about it.
  • Talk to your employer so that you know what support is available if you end up having to take time off or work from home.

Preparing yourself mentally

  • Keep up to date with the rules and regulations in your area – check the government or your local council website for updates.
  • Make sure you know what your school/nursery/work place Covid-19 policies are. Being practically prepared can help you cope better when you have to deal with it emotionally.
  • Think about the things you may find hardest and make a plan around how you will tackle them. By preparing for these situations, you will be in a better place to cope with them if you have an ‘action plan’.
  • Think about your support network and how you can access this if and when things change. Speak to them about how you might be able to support each other.
  • Think about the things that helped you and your family with your mental wellbeing during the first lockdown and think about how you may be able to do these or change them if there are tighter restrictions. E.g. did you play lots of games together? Maybe arrange a game swap with a friend so that you have new games. Did you do lots of walks? Make sure you all have a coat or warm layers so that you can go for walks even if it’s a bit colder.
  • Keep talking to those around you about your worries or concerns. Make sure not to bottle everything up as it could overwhelm you. You can also talk to our parenting coaches to get advice about anything that is worrying you.

Supporting your children

  • Talk to them and listen to their concerns – it’s important to validate their feelings.
  • Encourage your children to be open about what they are seeing/hearing. Do your best to help them understand what is fact and what is rumour/opinion.
  • Talk to the school or nursery about any support available if your child is struggling.
  • Keep routines in place – even if they are off school, consistency will help them to adjust to any changes.
  • Have planned activities you can do with them – craft and art materials are good to stock up on and think about things you can do in the home and garden.
  • Use tools like the worry tree.
  • For older children think about ways they can stay in touch with friends safely.
    Be aware of the dangers around social media that your children may face if they spend more time away from face to face contact again.
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