HRI promotes happy, healthy, and safe relationships of all kinds, but when you’re a caregiver, it can be challenging to balance your relationships with your caregiving responsibilities. While caregiving is one of the most fulfilling ways to give back to our loved one(s), it is also important to find ways to take care of yourself.
10.7.20 | Effectively Working From Home in the Pandemic
As many of us continue to work from home as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, it can become increasingly challenging to remain productive, while also managing stress in a healthy way.
HRI has partnered with the Center for Youth, Family, & Community Partnerships to present our latest educational program for those working from home in the pandemic. Join HRI Program Coordinator, Camila Dos Santos, on Wednesday, October 7 from 12-1 and learn practical strategies and tips to not only stay productive when working from home, but to also stay healthy and sane!
In fact, self-care strategies are more effective when they tend to basic needs and focus on keeping parents and caregivers centered and prepared to handle daily life. This means doing more of what you need, rather than what may be more fun, such as getting your nails done or spending the day at the spa.
Tending to the basics consistently, such as staying hydrated, eating well, and moving your body, while not as glamorous, can provide more consistently positive benefits than an activity done every now and then.
While self-care can include splurging on a recreational activity or experience, it is mostly about finding opportunities to tend to your needs in small, consistent moments throughout the day.
When engaging in self-care, try to approach it from a holistic perspective. Tune into the different areas that factor into your overall well-being. This may include your physical health, emotional and/or spiritual needs, relationships, and mental health.
Parents and caregivers often find themselves running on fumes, which makes self-care hard to accomplish when life gets crazy. Having a go-to list of self-care strategies makes it more likely that parents and caregivers can find one that works for them when time or energy is limited.
When time is of the essence, but stress is at an all-time high, practice deep breathing or sit still for five minutes. If you have a little more time to relax, color with an adult coloring book or make a gratitude list. If you need a quick pick-me-up, try playing one of your favorite songs, especially one that brings back good memories.
Even just a few minutes each day can offer time to regroup and take care of yourself. If it’s difficult for you to find time to care for yourself, start small. Can you find even five to ten minutes to do something that you find nurturing for your body and soul? Consider taking a quick walk outside, reading a few pages of a book you enjoy, or simply sitting quietly to calm your mind.
Keep talking with young children long after the divorce.
One of the best ways to help young children cope with anything difficult is to consistently and openly talk about it with them. An important part of this is to allow them to share without judgment and to refrain from projecting your feelings or fears onto them.
To support kids long after the divorce, keep open lines of communication to ensure you’re up to speed with how they are coping and being proactive about any maladjusted behaviors.
This series was adapted from the following article in partnership with Triad Moms on Main.
AFTER THE DIVORCE: Co-parent intentionally and respectfully by keeping the kids at the center of conversations between exes.
Communicating openly, putting the child(ren) at the heart of each discussion, and refraining from discussing relationship issues will help each parent continue to have healthy discussions about how to co-parent after a divorce.