Pandemic stress is something that most people are dealing with at the moment, but it can be even more stressful when you have a family. Trying to keep your own spirits up as well as your family’s spirits can be a trying task, but with the advice below you might find it a little easier. Let’s take a look at how to cope with pandemic stress when you have a family:
Stop Aiming For Perfection
It can be tough to let go of perfectionism, but the pandemic is the best time to let go of it. Perfectionism does not exist, and the goalposts are always changing. Aiming for perfection during the pandemic will put too much pressure on you, and it could lead to you putting pressure on your kids – even if you don’t realize it right away. Just aim for good enough.
Arrange Online Catch Ups With Friends and Family
Catch ups with friends and family are so important. Everybody is struggling right now, so check up on the people you love. You might not quite realize just how much your kids miss certain friends or family members, either. You might just find that you all begin to cope far better when you are in regular contact with the people you love, even if it’s just short Facetime calls here and there.
Try To Focus On Both Physical And Mental Health
Focusing on both your physical and your mental health at this time is key. Staying active with your family can help, as this is a holistic way to improve your physical and mental health. Go for walks, try bike rides, and play in the garden if you can. You could even try a family meditation practice – this is a valuable skill and you will be doing a big favor for your kids by teaching them how to do this early on. It might be tempting to look into smoking accessories when you’re struggling, but this isn’t for everybody, so only do this if you need them for medicinal use.
Only Focus On What You Can Control
There are things you can control, and things you can’t. You can control what time you start to homeschool your kids, but you can’t control how receptive they are.
Make A Schedule
A schedule can help you to stay focused throughout the day – just try not to be too rigid with it.
Take A Break From Social Media
Social media can be a very negative place at the best of times, but especially now. Take a break if you need to, and don’t stalk people who you believe are doing better than you.
Practice Self Care
Self care is key. Take baths, read books, and practice relaxation techniques.
Talk To Your Kids About Their Feelings
Demonstrate compassion and empathy by understanding your own feelings, others feelings, and encouraging your kids to do the same. Asking kids to label their feelings can help them to become more emotionally mature.
Don’t Be Afraid To Seek Professional Support
If you need professional help, ask for it. It is nothing to be ashamed of and can help you out of a rough patch.