We are a few weeks into the second semester and many are starting to feel pandemic fatigue. As parents and guardians, we are juggling a lot! Not only are we doing our best to keep up with the daily household items and jobs, we are also trying to sustain our mental sanity! What can you do to keep your emotions at bay during challenging times? Here are a few tips from the Cincinnati Children's Blog:
Identify What Sets You Off
Make a plan for those times when something “pushes your buttons''. Recognize your emotions and have a plan to subside those emotions before they escalate.
Walk away from the “trigger” if you are feeling overwhelmed. Take a break from whatever is setting you off.
Do Something That Calms You Down
Experiment with different calming techniques. Try a variety of options such as exercising, deep breathing, listening to music.
Call a Friend or Family Member
Having a support system is more important than ever right now. It may be calming to get things off your chest instead of holding it inside.
Spend Quality Time Together
Try to spend 5-10 minutes of quality time together. If your children are misbehaving, perhaps they are seeking attention and quality time might be just the thing they need.
Consider Professional Help
Does your employer have an employee assistance program? Typically they will offer a few free therapy sessions for the employee and their family members. Here is another site to find local therapists: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists.
We will come through this pandemic stronger and wiser, but in the meantime, be sure to take care of you, your family, and your mental health.