No matter how much we love our family, parenting can sometimes feel like a thankless task. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, you are likely feeling more stressed than ever. During this challenging time, it has never been more important to remember that taking care of your own mental health is a crucial part of raising a healthy and happy family.
Tips on Coping with the Stress of Parenthood
Here at Life Resolutions, we know that this is an increased time of stress and anxiety for many parents. Read on for some tips for coping with the difficult job of parenting during a pandemic.
Creating a routine– we are all missing the small joys of life we used to take for granted, like time spent with friends and enjoying a meal out. It can be easy to let the sheer length of a day at home with children overwhelmyou but creating a daily routine can go a long way toward keeping everyone occupied and productive. Encourage children to stay active by setting aside time for some simple stretches together as a family before you get back to your respective daily tasks. You might like to try cooking a healthy meal as a team tohelp children learn the life-skill of cooking and get some much-needed help in the kitchen.
Setting daily tasks – it can be easy to get overwhelmed by all the things that need to be done around the house, especially if there is more mess than usual from young children cooped up at home. If you feel like there’s just not enough hours in the day, try starting the morning by writing up a list of tasks while you have your breakfast. Once it is all set out in front of you, you may find there’s not as much do to as you thought.
Take time out – being a parent likely means most your day is devoted to your children, especially if you have now found yourself becoming their teacher as well. Try to set aside even half an hour of each day before your children wake up or after they go to bed to do something you enjoy. Doing something that takes your mind off the stresses of daily life will help you stay calm next time your patience is tested, or you feel overwhelmed.
Be gentle on yourself – it is easy to see the things you are doing wrong as a parent instead of all the things you are doing right. Remember that raising a family during a pandemic is not easy. Take a moment to celebrate the small wins and pat yourself on the back for all your accomplishments.
Focus on the big picture – as a parent, it is easy to concentrate on the mundanities of life, especially the things that do not always go to plan. Take a moment to consider whether what is weighing on your mind will matter in a month or years’ time. Remember that your family is healthy, happy and you have one another – that is what truly matters.
Do not Be Afraid to Seek Support
If the stresses of raising a family during the COVID-19 pandemic are beginning to take their tollon your mental health, reach out to a professional for support.At Life Resolutions we have a team of psychologists offering a range of mental health services for you and your family, including family counselling, marriage counselling and child counselling. We also offer mental health services for other issues, including stress, insomnia, depression, eating disorders and much more. No matter what you are going through, you can be sure that our team of psychology professionals are here and ready to help.
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