Covid-19 Lockdown - Avoiding Trouble in the Bubble with Dr Emma Woodward - Day 20
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COVID LOCKDOWN CHATS DAY 20 - 'Avoiding Trouble in your Bubble!' with Psychologist Dr Emma Woodward Today on week 3 of lockdown we are joined by Dr Emma Woodward, an educational psychologist, who shares her wisdom, knowledge and experience around managing 'trouble in the bubble' with children and teens. Why is focussing on relationships so important during lockdown? How do we cope as parents and also balance meeting our own needs? What strategies can we use to manage varying feelings and emotions within our 'bubble'? Dr Emma Woodward has over 20 years experience working with young people, schools and in the community as a child and educational psychologist. Specialising in all areas of child behaviour, learning and emotional development, she focuses on a child-centred approach and positive & lasting change. Emma is the Clinical Director of NZIWR, and mother to 4 energetic boys! Join Sue and Jo as Emma chats about positive psychology and wellbeing within the confines of our homes during lockdown, managing homeschooling, emotional needs, anxiety and parenting. Find us on FB: https://www.facebook.com/podswithposhandpool/ to make sure you don't miss out on any of our daily chats with 'Pods with Posh and Pool' as we continue to explore how lives have been affected during lockdown. With thanks to our guest Dr Emma Woodward Love, light and peace Jo and Sue
Child Psychologist Dr Emma Woodward has been giving Jack some tips on how to talk to your kids about Covid. 1. Look after yourselfBecause prolonged stress decreases our immunity, make sure you are being healthy in your choices and making space for you to feel OK too. For example; give yourself a limit to how much you check the news for updates – once or twice a day is fine (our smartphone addictions aren’t helping us or our children) and talk through your worries with another adult to air them and gain perspective. Remember that the news is good at reporting scary stuff. Choose good sources for up to date information such as the World Health Organisation and covid19.govt.nz, or watch video logs of people who have had the virus and recovered for perspective and balance. If we are fine, our kids will tend to be too.2. Distance yourself from your ‘internal radio’Get used to checking in with the background noise in your head. If left unchecked, these thoughts can dictate our stress levels and often aren’t very helpful. Try naming anxious thoughts as they happen. When we stop to acknowledge our thoughts they quieten. This comes from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy which looks at how we deal with uncomfortable feelings rather than trying to make them go away.For example – I’m noticing I’m having a worry thought about (insert worry scenario here). Acknowledge the thought, pause then move on.3. Provide your kid’s with reassurance about their safetyAt times of stress, children turn to their trusted grown-ups for clues about how they should be feeling and responding. They will need to be reassured regularly that they are safe, and that the adults will do everything that they can in order to keep them safe. This is exactly why there are travel restrictions in place and why we are being asked to temporarily change the way we live. Talking about how we are working together to create solutions raises hope and optimism.4. Provide opportunities for children to be honest about their feelingsLet children know that it is alright to be upset or anxious, but don’t assume they will be! Checking in with your children to see if they have any worries can help to start conversations about what they understand and how they feel about it. Don’t do this obsessively though as you don’t want to create concern where there is none. You could try asking if they have any questions if you see a sign outside of school or if something comes up on the news. Acknowledge that it can feel overwhelming and scary, but there are things we can do that help us feel better and also help others too. Anxiety tends to come from the uncertainty – so give your kids some control.Try things such as:· Washing hands, which is one way that kids can proactively take care of themselves and others· Make a self-isolation timetable fill it with fun and interesting stuff so it doesn’t feel so overwhelming if and when it happens· Take vitamin C and talk about boosting your immune system· Laugh and enjoy nature – sadness and low mood diminish your immune system so practice gratitude for what you do have· Explain that things need to change so that they can get better· Talk about the positive impact on the planet5. Get some temporal perspectiveFast-paced changes in information and constant news updates can make us very focused on the minute by minute and create worry about what might come next. This can feel very overwhelming, so talk about the future. For example; what you plan to do next summer, or talk about what lessons you think we can learn from this experience and then take forward with us to make our lives better. This gives a sense of the passage of time and that this event is transitory rather than permanent. This too shall pass…6. Be factual in response to questionsThe amount of fact and honesty depends on your child’s age and stage so you are the best judge of this. However, it doesn’t hurt to explain that viruses can’t do much damage without help and there is a lot we c...
Bringing Wellbeing to Life - 29-08-2018 - Show 13 - Managing anxiety - Emma Woodward
Bringing Wellbeing to Life
Show 13 - Managing anxiety - Is there ‘shark music’ on your internal radio? If so, you might want some strategies for anxiety. Denise talks to Emma Woodward about managing anxiety in young people and their parents. It’s about having a plan you ‘practice when it’s easy, so it’s easy when it’s hard. Learn how to calm your emotional brain so that your thinking brain can get back in the driving seat.Broadcast on OAR 105.4FM Dunedin www.oar.org.nz