Coronavirus Self-Care When You Have Kids

Coronavirus self-care is becoming even more important as we have to remain indoors. But, are your kids slowly driving you out of your mind? If you are a perfectionist and you love to have a place for everything and everything in its place, then this must be a rude awakening for you. 

To be honest, staying home at this time is more than our civic duty, it is how we keep ourselves and our family safe.

But, Lord…the children can be a handful! It’s not really their fault and in your saner moments, you probably acknowledge that it’s weird to have kids sit still and not make a mess. So, yeah, you know this though it doesn’t change the way you feel. We get that.

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Well, here are some quick tips to help you with self-care in this time of coronavirus

1. Stay Calm 

Don’t roll your eyes just yet, those breathing techniques do work. But staying calm is more about understanding that there’s not much you can do about the situation. So relax, okay?

2. Take Five

Yes, you can go hide out in the bathroom if it gets to that. But you need to find a way to take a few minutes for yourself. On the other hand, you could always look forward to that chilled bottle of wine at the end of the day, when they are all in bed.

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They’re going to throw their stuff everywhere. Let them, then teach them to tidy up at the end of the day.

3. Imperfection is the new perfection

Alright, so that sounded weird, even to me. But you get the idea, right? Sometimes, you’ll go to bed with dirty dishes in the sink. The living room will not always be tidy. They may jump over or even on (gasp) your chairs. Just roll with it or you’ll find yourself yelling all day. Er, you will probably still do a lot of yelling either way.

4. Turn off the news

No, seriously, I mean that. Turn it off. This is our fourth coronavirus self-care tip. You don’t need a body count to know that things are dire. And when you listen to that stuff all day long, it’s impossible to focus on the positive.

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Image by Sandra Wei

5. Do stuff with your kids

Bake, cook, start an art project…I don’t know…just find something you all will enjoy doing together.

6. Set rules

And emphasize kindness. Nerves will get frayed. Tempers will snap. But let kindness be the watchword. Just remember that with kids, you’ve got to lead by example.

Finally, staying at home does not have to be stress-inducing. Make up your mind to enjoy this time because it’s probably not going to ever come around again.

If you want some more self-care tips, the WHO has some really helpful ones here.

Featured image by Humphrey Muleba

 


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