How do I manage my own stress as a parent during the coronavirus pandemic?
It is not surprising that many people feel stressed at the moment. COVID-19 has affected so many aspects of our lives. To some extent, it is important to learn to accept the situation. For example, most of us will likely have to stay home much more than we typically do, and we need to accept that. However, there are also ways to take some control where we can– by making a time-table for days spent at home with children, for example. We can also reach out to friends and family for support via phone, email, text, or video chat. You can even receive therapy by a licensed provider by phone or video.
It can also be useful to think about the behaviors that are likely to help our stress levels – such as trying to get some exercise at home and taking some time out for ourselves (whether to practice breathing exercises, mindfulness, or even reading a book). Avoid those things that are likely to increase stress levels, too – including caffeine, alcohol, and unhealthy snacks, as well as too much news and social media. It might be useful to make some wonderful plans for when restrictions are lifted and we can do more of the things that we enjoy.
This post was written in the Spring of 2020. Please follow your local guidelines and advice from family health care providers for appropriate, current coronavirus safety measures.