Guest Blogger, Jenna Sherman, is writing again to help you to find ways to reduce your stress and Take Care of Your Mental Health. Due to the subject matter of this month and continuing pandemic of Co-vid19, self-care and reducing stress is imperative.
How Families Can Reduce Stress and Tension During the Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has been going on for months, but for self-isolating households, this time probably feels much longer. Keeping up with current guidelines and information is stressful enough. Many families are also dealing with stress from being stuck indoors together. Fortunately, there are numerous ways to address household tension. This will help your family grow closer as you ride out the rest of this pandemic.
Take Care of Your Mental Health
Before you can be there for your family, it’s sometimes necessary to take care of yourself first. Prioritizing your mental health is always important, but it matters even more during these stressful times. Following Barefoot Faith Journey and other bloggers who regularly write about important mental health topics is a great way to start your journey toward better mental health.
Practicing self-care is also important during the pandemic. Self-care can take countless forms, and it means something different to anyone. You might not be able to practice all of your usual self-care habits. During the pandemic, it still helps to prioritize simple things. Things such as exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, drinking plenty of water, and eating nutritious foods.
If you find that you are struggling to cope, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has great resources available to help you through these times. For example, some resources can help you locate treatment options during the pandemic, while others can help you find solutions if you are feeling overwhelmed with finances or other stressors that may have worsened because of the pandemic.
Keep in mind that your children may also find it difficult to cope well with the changes brought on by the pandemic. Listening to your children’s concerns, providing structure to the day and giving context to the news are just a few ways to help, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.
Spend Time Outside
Getting fresh air is one of the most effective ways to bond as a family during the pandemic while also eliminating stress and boosting everyone’s mental health. You might not be able to enjoy all of the same activities you did before, such as pastimes that require you to be in large crowds, but there are plenty of other ways to get outside.
Going on a camping adventure is a fun and socially-distant way to try something different and get your minds off the situation at hand. Likewise, visiting local parks you haven’t been to before is a nice way to explore your neighborhood and stay active while self-isolating. You can even have fun without having to leave the backyard. Try having a backyard bonfire, playing yard games or stargazing.
Keep Boredom at Bay
Boredom can easily cause tension to rise despite your best efforts. Going outside is a great way to reduce stress. There are also a variety of fun indoor activities that are equally fun bonding opportunities. For example, having a weekly game night is a good way to pass the time. Opting for cooperative board games and video games will allow you to keep the mood light rather than having it turn competitive.
If you want to get serious about online gaming with each other, make sure your internet connection can keep up. Upgrading to fiber optic internet is a smart move. Especially if you plan on playing multiplayer games like Fortnite. Also if you are letting your kids play games while you work from home.
Fiber optic internet can handle several devices at the same time. As an added benefit, a faster internet connection also makes it easier to download or stream movies. This is good if you want to have a family-friendly movie night.
Some tension is to be expected as your family navigates the pandemic and adjusts to the new normal. However, it’s important not to let stress get the best of you. Checking in with your mental health, getting outside and finding ways to combat stress indoors will help your family weather whatever the pandemic throws your way.