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Sometimes life can change drastically in a short period of time. Big adjustments like moving cities, suddenly needing to homeschool or adjusting to a new work-from-home setup can be difficult and stressful to navigate for both parents and kids. This is a normal (and expected) reaction to this type of life stressor! Adjusting career and school learning arrangements can seem daunting and overwhelming. Any parent would be concerned about the impact a life change is having on their children’s mental well-being as well as their own emotional health.
At StressCare Behavioral Health, Inc in Toledo Ohio, our team has been dedicated to helping Northwest Ohio find a better, healthier, fulfilling life for over 30 years. Our experienced team works with you as a partner in mental health using our dedication, compassion and professional training.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to protect your family’s mental health during this very difficult time. At StressCare Behavioral Health, Inc. we want you to know that we care about your emotional wellbeing, and our clinicians are available to help you by phone or simple secure video chat. These safe services are covered by most insurances.
We’ve gathered some tips here to aid you in maintaining emotional and mental health during a challenging time of life changes.
Reduce Time on Social Media
Try to cut down the time you and your kids spend on social media. Mental health experts have observed that people primarily post to social media only those “perfect” moments of life. To compare your life or family to the perfect social media post is not only unrealistic, but it is also damaging to your emotional well-being.
Focus on Basic School Assignments
Parents of school-age children may receive lots of communication from schools in an attempt to support home learning. Please remember, no school or teacher expects parents to utilize all these materials! Focus on basic assignments sent home, then choose only one or two supplementary websites/learning apps. In the weeks to come, you can always revisit these and switch the apps/websites if your child gets bored with the original choices.
Develop and Stick to a Routine
Keep as much of a routine as possible, but strike a balance with scheduling. For example: in the mornings work on history and science, break for lunch, and then in the afternoon work on math and English. The same holds true for you if you’re suddenly working from home; keep with a daily schedule as if you were at the office.
Make Time to Interact with One Another
This may be a new opportunity to reconnect with the other members of your household! If you can, make time to focus on interacting with spouses, children, and significant others on a deeper level. This season of change could offer wonderful memories that would not have been possible before. For example, when was the last time you were able to take a walk at lunch with your kids? Or truly be able to focus on the present moment? Take advantage of this opportunity.
While it may take a while to adjust or for things to get back to normal, these tips can help you navigate the change you may be facing. And if you need a bit of additional support, our psychologists and counselors in Toledo at StressCare are prepared to assist you through telehealth services. We can meet with you one-on-one via telephone or secure video-chat sessions in order to assist in coping with disruptions to daily life. At this time these services are covered by most insurances. Call us at (419) 531-3500 or email [email protected] for more information or to schedule.