You’ve Got This! How to Resolve Common Sources of Lockdown Chaos
The COVID-19 pandemic has let so many families spend more quality time together. Honestly though, too much of any good thing can still be a disaster. All of that time together can quickly turn into chaos when tensions build up and routines fall to the wayside. That’s why the Stay Whole Foundation offers tips and tricks to help you resolve some of the most common lockdown concerns and causes of problems.
“My Kids are Tired of Being Stuck Inside”
If your kids are complaining about being inside all of the time, know that you’re not the only family feeling these pains. Also know that those complaints may actually be valid. The thing is, too much time indoors can lead to the ill-effects of nature deficit disorder and to more feelings of anxiety. You may even find yourself experiencing more stress if it’s been a minute since you’ve enjoyed the outdoors.
Try to take some breaks from your living room and step outside into your backyard, a park or even a local beach. If you do plan on visiting a public space to get some fresh air, be sure to take the proper precautions to keep your family safe from COVID-19.
“I Never Have Time to Take Care of Myself”
We feel you on this one too, especially if you have kids at home. In fact, per Good Morning America, women are feeling even more stressed than men during the pandemic. This is largely due to concerns about income and job losses, but any inequity in household responsibilities between couples can also be cause for distress. With the added pressures of keeping your family safe and keeping the peace, it’s no wonder you feel like you don’t have time for self-care.
If you want to get back on track and find some balance in your life, look for ways to add small forms of self-care every day. From whipping up a healthy smoothie to going for a walk to finding a quiet place to read to a warm bath or even a nap, you’ll find that adding self-care can help you feel like a strong woman again.
“Our Home Just Feels Stale and Stressed”
If getting out of your home and getting more self-care doesn’t seem to help your stress levels, your home may very well be the problem. As strange as it may sound, Redfin explains that bad energy can build up in your home and cause tension for your family without you ever realizing what’s happening. We’re not talking about evil spirits here, but more like cluttered spaces, messy areas and a lack of good, clean air.
So before you break out the sage, try decluttering and cleaning your home, and then open some windows to let in some fresh air. Once you have your home nice and tidy, you can try creating even more calm with relaxing essential oils, like lavender and sandalwood.
“We Feel Disconnected From Family and Friends”
Not being able to hang out with the people you love is one of the most difficult parts of this pandemic, right? Your kids can’t play with their friends and you can’t catch up with yours over a nice bottle of wine. Not to mention that if you have older parents or grandparents, visiting with them may also still be off-limits.
This lack of social connections is causing stress and anxiety for everyone, but there are some things you can do to prevent feelings of isolation. For example, instead of hosting a cocktail hour at your home or your favorite bistro, try putting together a virtual happy hour with your friends. Online games can be a good way for kids to connect with their friends or even their grandparents. These hangouts can do so much for your well-being.
No matter how much your family loves one another, spending every waking second together is bound to cause problems eventually. So if you’ve made it this far, you should truly be proud of yourself! You should also use the tips in this guide to keep your home from descending into chaos as the COVID crisis continues. Also be sure to find time for yourself! You deserve it!