It’s 3:00 pm and you’re busy with your cellphone on one ear and your toddler in the opposite arm. The pancakes on the stove are inducing mild panic in you with you worried they might get burnt. Your elder child is completing his homework and your middle child is waiting for you to bring out her toys. All while your boss details you on how your next task is supposed to go.
Is this scenario familiar? That’s how life is these days for most working mums out there. With the city under lockdown, there’s no 10 am peace while your children are at school and definitely no 2pm tea with your neighbor at the nearest cafe.
No need to panic though – you can always get through this period without losing all your hair (or turning completely grey!) That said, here are 5 tips to help you sail peacefully through this lockdown:
1 – Consider Doing A Social Media Detox
Stress is high with the media constantly showering you with bad news. And all you can do to deal with this situation is take preventive measures like staying indoors. So, it’s best, to keep your anxiety under control by not constantly staying plugged into social media or the television. Switch off these devices/apps and give your brain a break from the constant updates of from news outlets, family, friends, etc.
2 – Cut Yourself Some Slack
You might have read this somewhere – if you don’t come out of this quarantine period with a new skill you don’t lack time, you lack discipline. I disagree. No, you don’t need to thrive during this difficult phase because many of us, quite honestly are just trying to survive. So, don’t be so hard on yourself. Instead, take things slowly and take breaks as regularly as you can.
3 – Declutter To Distress
Science says the more the clutter, the more the stress. This is because physical clutter adds to mental clutter. But how can you declutter when your children are at home 24/7? Guess this is a good time to teach your children to keep their space clean. Regularly tell your kids that they’re supposed to put all their stuff back in its place. By managing cleaning ‘as you go’, you’ll be able to cross out some work from your to-do list and reduce mental burden, too.
4 – Shake Things Up
Change your routine with the circumstances. For instance, wake before the entire house does but try to make the entire house sleep at the same time. Letting your children sleep late at night will only create more headache for you. When you wake before others, not only can you have some downtime in which you don’t have to worry about your family, but you can also get your office-related work done.
5 – Stay Socially Connected
Of course, you cannot 100% access the world outside yet or even as it was before lockdown but this doesn’t mean that you can’t stay connected with your friends and family. Don’t isolate yourself; conduct video calls with your loved ones. Show up looking fresh and ready for these calls so that you’re able to feel a bit better about your day.
So, these were some tips to get through this tough time without stressing much. Do you have more to add? Let’s talk in the comments!