How to Manage COVID-19 Fatigue – Tips and Advice For Parents
Got COVID Fatigue? You’re Not Alone
So here we are. Months into the pandemic with seemingly no end in sight.
What’s a parent to do? Especially when we’re tired – no, fatigued – at trying to keep up with all of the rules related to staying safe.
Wash your hands!
Wear a mask!
You can’t meet your friends at the park/mall/playground/their house!
It seems like it’s been no, no, no, no and no since we went into lockdown. It’s hard. But even harder for the kids, no?
As for parents? It’s tough always being the bad guy or gal. It’s exhausting, actually. And for this reason alone, many moms and dads are throwing up their hands in exasperation.
We want the pandemic to be over; we want our kids to be safe; we want our lives to go back to normal. With no end to this horrible virus in sight, however, we need to remain vigilant. While it’s easy to consider loosening the rules for both ourselves and our kids, in the long run, it’s a bad idea. That said, we’re exhausted. Saying “no” so often has given us a major case of the guilts.
How to Manage COVID-19 Fatigue
Some suggestions if you’re feeling the temptation to let up the reins:
- Remember – This too shall pass – We will get back to some semblance of normalcy if we can just hang on a little bit longer (and wear a mask while doing so).
- Remember – This is not normal – Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. This includes social distancing and mask-wearing, as well as not seeing friends. Remind your kids that it’s short-term pain for long-term gain.
- Get the help you need – Mental health is challenged during times like these, both for parents and for kids. Get the support that you or your children may require to manage these strange and often difficult times.
- Be honest with your kids, but optimistic – Remind your children that this won’t be forever.
- Finally, and most importantly, remember: You’re doing the best that you can. Be kind to yourself during this unprecedented time.
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It sure looks like the novel coronavirus that appeared in 2019 is here to stay. Unfortunately. In this “new normal,” we have had to revisit every aspect of how we live our lives. As parents, there’s a new reality in so many aspects – from school, to playdates, to work and more.