Pandemic stress is causing anxiety, depression, panic behaviors, and many other reactions. Keep calm. We won’t run out of food, water or other supplies. Many are required to work from home while their children are away from school for several weeks. Take a deep breath, take a break and consider these tips to help you get through it quickly and with less stress.
1. Get your exercise. You can exercise at home or in a gym, but many states have shut down their fitness centers and gyms. You can plan your day according to what time you prefer, whether you’re a morning person or an evening person. There are probably some DVDs that you still have. You can find a lot of YouTube videos, apps, and on-demand shows that will help you get a great work out. Many offer a 30-day free trial which is ideal for this period.
2. Get a good shower before you go to work in the morning. You will feel refreshed and ready to tackle the day.
3. Dress up as if it’s work, or in something else than your pajamas. You will feel more energetic and have the energy you need to get through the day.
4. Make sure your children have something to do when you’re not at home. There are many computer apps that can help you learn. Hopefully your school provides them with homework and learning lessons. Allow them to take 15 minutes breaks each hour. Send them out to the yard to let off some energy.
5. As stress-free as possible, explain the situation to them as clearly as you can. It is not a good idea to make them feel anxious or stressed. You will be working remotely and will need quiet time to complete your work. Set a timer so they can call you back if you need to talk on the phone again.
6. Enjoy lunch with them, and enjoy having fun conversations. This will help them feel more connected and less stressed.
7. Be present when your work is done and give them your full attention for a brief time.
8. You can make your meals stress-free by planning ahead. Take-out is still available at many restaurants, so don’t hesitate to take advantage of this option.