People are social distancing and staying at home with their earnest effort to flatten the curve. However, fear and uncertainty can make it tough for families to keep a sense of calm. But it’s important to help children and partners feel safe, keep healthy routines, manage their behavior and build resilience.
In fact, the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a greater deal of health issues in individuals who are under lockdown. One such issue is the threat to the mental health of the families. Coping with parenting during the pandemic is a no mean task. Hence, we have listed below few tips to help you sail through the situation.
1. Cut yourselves some slack and stop expecting too much of ‘yourselves’. Nobody’s a perfect parent and it’s okay to lower your expectations sometimes. Staying at home and protecting your family is a struggle too. Therefore, don’t pressure yourself into thinking that you’re not doing enough towards the community.
2. Sometimes you can turn off the advice. Friends, families and relatives who genuinely care for us will always advise and suggest us regarding various issues. However, if you feel overwhelmed by this, then it is okay to be on your own and stand your own ground.
3. Put your oxygen mask on first. It is time to put forth the importance of self-care. Remember self-sacrificing is not equal to self-care. Hence, if you don’t take care of yourself, your family will suffer as well.
4. Revel in nature. Take a break from work and go out and soak the warm glow of the sun. As a parent your duties won’t subside during the pandemic but taking breaks will surely ground you.
5. Be sensitive. As busy parents we often become harsh not only towards the kids but to the partners as well. Divide your roles. You cannot always keep up with the 50/50 responsibilities. Sometimes it is okay to be 80/20, especially when you’re feeling down.
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So, be thankful and mindful of the current situation. We never anticipated such a global epidemic, yet keeping faith and trusting your instincts will definitely help you and your family during this grave situation, Remember, this too shall pass.