Being a parent is one of the most difficult jobs at the best of times, and particularly difficult during a pandemic. It is important to be kind to ourselves and seek out support if we need it.
Tips on Coping with the Stress of Parenthood
At Life Resolutions, we understand how challenging parenting can be, especially amid a global pandemic. We have put together a few ideas and pieces of advice to help people to deal with the stress associated with raising a happy and healthy family.
Focus on adjusting to life under a pandemic – these changes are hard for everyone – and can be especially difficult for young children and teenagers alike. It might be helpful to schedule regular time together as a family, doing something everyone enjoys. Some ideas might include exercising together in the fresh air of your backyard or local park, getting everyone involved in cooking a healthy meal and eating together or practising mindfulness and journaling. This could be an opportunity for young children to draw how they are feeling, and for older children to let out any pent-up emotions by writing them out.
Prioritiseyour daily tasks – you might find it helpful to write out a list of daily tasks, prioritising the most important ones by putting them towards the top of the list. The opportunity to tick off tasks as you complete them can give a much-needed feeling of achievement, but it is important not to be too hard on yourself if not everything gets done.
Take time to unwind – if you have a large or busy family, time to yourself might be hard to come by. But part of being a good parent is caring for yourself. Take time out to do something you enjoy or simply have a moment to yourself amongst the stresses of family life.
Have self-compassion – parents can tend to be particularly tough on themselves but remember you and your family are living through a global pandemic. Do not be too hard on yourself over small mistakes and things that don’t get done. Practise self-love and compassion. You are doing wonderfully.
Remember what really matters – especially when you and your family are spending more time than ever at home, it is easy to get frustrated with yourself and your love ones over the small things like messes and being late. Take time to appreciate the truly important things in life, like the health and happiness of your family.
Do not Be Afraid to Seek Support
If parenting during a pandemic has become a struggle and feels like an impossible task, you are not alone, and support is available. At Life Resolutions, we offer a range of mental health services specific to familial issues, including family counselling, marriage counselling and child counselling. We also offer mental health services for a large range of other issues, including stress, insomnia, depression, eating disorders, and many more. So, no matter what issue you are facing, you can be sure that our team of psychology professionals have the skills to help. Make an appointment for yourself, and work through any issues you may be facing with the support of our team of mental health professionals.
Contact Jodie Brenton and Mary Magalotti Life Resolutions Today
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