In a world that has transitioned from being out and about to being based out of the house, it can be daunting to deal with the daily tasks of being a “stay at home” parent. You’re not alone, and everyone has had to learn to adjust, even if they were stay-at-home families before. While it is a new way of living, there are still important things to do to make sure your mental health stays on track. It can be easy to get frustrated or overwhelmed, but there are a number of things you can do to bring sanity and a sense of calm back into your life. Try these tips and tricks will help bring you back from the brink, so that you can enjoy time with your family (even if it is more constant than you might always prefer).
Workout Or Work In
Maintaining your physical well-being is a huge factor in not only reducing stress but building up stamina for anything that comes at you. Spending just thirty minutes a day doing something active, even if it’s just running in place, yoga or dancing around the living room with your kids, will help your body produce endorphins. These, in turn, will help you keep a sense of positivity even when dealing with temper tantrums, meltdowns or hyper times.
It is important to share your emotional mindset with your partner, friends and even your kids. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, explaining your state of mind will help those around you adjust and help you cope.
Take A Step Back
Reducing things that cause stress, even if it’s just for a few minutes a day, will help clear your mind. Because most of our lives revolve around technology now more than ever, it is imperative you take breaks from everything tech related, including social media and even T.V. Find a quiet moment when you can center yourself, and even try just listening to the sounds of your breathing to give your mind a chance to quiet down.
On the other side of tech breaks, laughter can help produce serotonin and dopamine, which can help relieve stress and anxiety. You can pop on a favorite television show (that is funny, of course) or a podcast that brings a smile to your face. This in turn will help you manage the not-so-funny moments a little better.
Try To Avoid Confrontation
It can be easy to snap or find yourself frustrated during these unprecedented times, but remember to take a step back when you can. Sometimes simply walking away from a fight or having a moment to collect your thoughts before engaging can help avoid making a mountain out of a molehill.
No one said these times would always be easy, and while being at home constantly might have sounded good to begin with, it can be trying. Give yourself, and your loved ones, a break when you can, and remember to breathe.