If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably found the last few weeks a bit of an emotional rollercoaster. Trying to balance everything, keep on top of your to-do list, keep your children happy and educated and entertained, fitting in work, eating healthy, staying sane!! I have felt overwhelmed at some point most days, but I’ve learnt to take a really deep breath and remember that my girls and I are happy and safe. We’re all in this together, and there are people out there putting their lives on the line every day to protect us. We can do this, and here are some things that I hope will help.
Firstly, rephrase the term ‘stuck’ at home to ‘safe’ at home. This is a bizarre time for most people, no matter what situation you’re in. Bear in mind that whatever you’re feeling – you’re not alone so keep talking to people. Reach out to friends, family, colleagues. Arrange a time for a call or a Zoom and share your thoughts. A problem shared is a problem halved and you’ll probably find that the person you talk to is experiencing a lot of the same thoughts.
The #JuggleStruggle is real and everyone is just doing their best. Keeping the momentum of the day going can be hard, so try to start it as ‘normally’ as possible by getting up at a reasonable time and getting dressed. Keep your house and workspace clean and tidy – clean house, clean mind! Schedule things like FaceTime calls so you have structure/things to look forward to and stay connected to the people in your life. Allow yourself and your kids treats – obviously don’t overindulge (do as I say, not as I do haha), but I’ve found a mint club biscuit here and there gives us a real boost! TV and films are a great distraction and Sky TV have some brilliantly binge-worth box sets for the whole family. I love nothing more than snuggling down on the sofa to watch with my girls and some snacks! Get imaginative with your little ones. Build dens out of bedsheets, set-up treasure hunts round the house and/or garden – they get a real sense of achievement and it takes up some time too! I’ve also stopped listening to hearsay and trawling through google to decipher the endless news stories – it’s all a bit much isn’t it?
At the end of each day, think about one thing you’re looking forward to doing when this is all over. A trip away, a hug with a friend, a meal at your favourite restaurant (living for the day Wagas reopens haha), anything at all. Just remember, this won’t last long. Good days follow bad and days and I have learnt to just ride it out – we can do this!
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