Helping Kids Deal With the Stress of Coronavirus

Stress of Coronavirus

There is no doubt that cornoavirus and the various stay-at-home orders that have come along with it have created a lot of stress, and kids are feeling that stress as well. This site from Save the Children offers six different methods for helping kids deal with the stress of coronavirus including:

  1. Flower and Candle
  2. Lemon
  3. Lazy Cat
  4. Feather/Statue
  5. Stress Balls
  6. Turtle

These are all great forms of progressive relaxation. I would encourage you to try all of them with your children and see which one(s) they react to the best.

My personal favorite is Lemon. Here are the instructions for that technique:

  • Reach up to the tree and pick a lemon with each hand.

  • Squeeze the lemons hard to get all the juice out – squeeze, squeeze, squeeze.

  • Throw the lemons on the floor and relax your hands.

  • Then repeat, until you have enough juice for a glass of lemonade!

  • After your last squeeze and throw, shake out your hands to relax!

For more information and resources related to Covid-19, please visit our Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Resource Page.

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Written by Wayne Stocks
Wayne is the founder and executive director of Hope 4 Hurting Kids. He is a happily married father of four kids with a passion for helping young people who are going through rough times. In addition to Hope 4 Hurting Kids, Wayne previously started I Am A Child of Divorce and Divorce Ministry 4 Kids to help kids who are dealing with the disruption of their parents' relationship. These are now part of Hope 4 Hurting Kids. Wayne speaks frequently at conferences and churches on issues related to helping kids learn to deal with difficult emotions and life in modern families. Wayne lives with his wife, three youngest kids, three dogs and an insane collection of his kids' other pets outside of Columbus, Ohio. In addition to his work with Hope 4 Hurting Kids, Wayne is a partner in a local consulting firm, an avid reader, coaches his son's soccer team and is a proud supporter of Leicester City Football Club (and yes, for those in know, his affinity for the club does predate the 2016 championship). You can reach Wayne at