Self-care and positive parental behavior during a pandemic
Families around the world are not immune to a pandemic. Rising stress, fear and uncertainty can lead to distancing oneself from other people and moving away from everything known. A pandemic thus changes our lives and brings a lot of challenges to parents in their different roles – parents, partners, employees and much more. Nevertheless, it is necessary to normalize the situation in the home and provide conditions for the prosocial behavior of children.
There is a significant increase in anxiety and contextual stressors in parents as they cope with the increased demands of their children’s schooling at home, care for the elderly, or still try to meet their own employment requirements.
We need to provide ourselves with support and self-help in feasible doses. There is no act of self-care that does not contribute to well-being. Even when the dose is so small that it does not seem to make a noticeable physical difference, it can still make an extraordinarily significant difference.
Together we can learn how to ensure psychological flexibility and self-care, contribute to maintaining the safety and mental health of the youngest.
We write and talk, and we create peace in our homes.