Fighting family burnout during lockdown
The demands of working and living during a pandemic are exhausting and overwhelming - especially when stay-at-home orders have caused families to be cooped up together inside their houses for months.
That’s why, in this blog, we give you our top tips to help you overcome burnout, regain some balance in your family’s life and deal with family frustration in an open and honest way.
What is family burnout?
After spending several months together in the same house under lockdown restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many households are beginning to experience family burnout from spending too much time together in such close proximity.
Tensions can start to run high and the pressure on parents or caretakers is especially strenuous. The family dynamic might be a bit off as feelings of irritation begin to surface and frustration starts to bubble over.
That’s why it's important for every family member to focus on encouragement and positive reinforcement with one another during this time and have a little bit more understanding when a family member is over-emotional or acting out due to the stress of these past few months.
So, how do you know if your family is suffering from burnout?
Burnout symptoms could include:
● Feeling tired and drained most of the time.
● Irrigation and frustration
● devoid of motivation
● Constant anxiety or feelings of depression
● Lowered immunity, frequent illnesses.
● Frequent headaches or muscle pain.
● Change in appetite or sleep habits.
Recovering from family burnout
Fighting family burnout during COVID-19 can be a daunting task. Now that South Africa has moved down to level 2 restrictions, there is a bit more freedom in our daily lives, but the majority of parents are still working from home and there are many children who are still studying online. Most of us are in each other’s space 24/7 within the same house. And,with the way this pandemic is progressing, families might need to remain together at home even longer than they realized.
The good news is that household members experiencing frustration and feelings of physical or emotional exhaustion can alleviate their burnout symptoms and ease the strain on family relationships with these easy-to-implement tips which the entire household can follow.
1.Voice your needs
It's easy to experience emotional exhaustion after weeks of trying to maintain a clear work-life balance at home amidst the new demands that come with living and working during a global pandemic. Often, when the parent(s) of the house begins to feel burned out, those feelings of fatigue and anxiety can seep into the rest of the household and affect the overall dynamic.
If any family member shows symptoms of burnout, it’s a good indication that something might need to change in the current home environment. That's why it's really important that you as the parent of the house clearly voice the changes you need from the rest of the house - and encourage your children to do the same - so that you can better manage your own stress and stop yourself from getting too overwhelmed.
A great idea would be to have a weekly sit-down dinner as a family to discuss how the past week has gone for everyone. How did you all feel this week? How can you as a family make things easier on one another? What current frustrations need to be addressed? Without clear communication, you run the risk of emotions boiling over, and what started out as a small frustration could end up causing a family-wide argument.
2. Online therapy
When burnout symptoms start to feel severe, it’s a good idea to consider getting professional help from a family therapist.
Every family’s situation is unique, and most people are not always equipped with the right stress management techniques that will work with their family’s individual frustrations and stresses.
Lately, we all seem to have a slightly shorter fuse, and it helps to have someone who can share the burden of your household problems and guide your family to openly and honestly start working towards a healthier dynamic in the house.
An online therapist is a great and safe way to get the same face-to-face interaction, while also being able to express your issues in a much more comfortable environment - your own home. In this way, you can work together as a family to develop clear strategies that will help you deal with day-to-day stresses together.
Therapy could also lend a helping hand to parents who are struggling to strike a healthy balance between their work lives and family lives as the high-stress job of looking after their family’s health and safety during this time takes its toll.
3. Taking time for your own mental and physical health
As a primary caretaker, ongoing feelings of stress and anxiety from the responsibility of having to keep a household together can be too much to handle at times.
We all need some time alone in order to be our happiest, healthiest selves. That's why it's essential that you take the time to dedicate a few hours towards your own self-care at home each week.
Self-care strategies, like eating a healthy diet, getting enough exercises, and practicing healthy sleep habits can really help reduce some of the symptoms of burnout. These strategies will offer you some temporary relief from your daily worries and help you better maintain your mental and physical health.
Just going out for a walk, meditating or getting those endorphins flowing with an online boxing class is a great way to deflate some of those built-up tensions. As a family, you can be strict to encourage each other to establish these healthy routines and commit to bettering your own physical and mental well-being everyday.
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The Oneplan Team