Taking Care of Yourself Too
Written by Dr. Liz Matheis
Now that we’ve been in our “new normal” for a few weeks, our kids are adjusting a bit to distance learning and being home 24/7. A question I’m hearing from parents about their children (and themselves) is, “Is it possible to be adjusting but still feel anxious?” The answer is a resounding yes.
As human beings, we have the ability to adapt to a new schedule, a new environment, a different routine within two weeks. But that still doesn’t take away our adult worry about a few key questions:
- When will this end?
- Will my kids be able to go back to school this year?
- How many people have been diagnosed today?
- How many in my town/state/country have not survived?
- Do I have the virus?
- What if my elderly parents, aunt, uncle, grandparents, neighbors contract the virus?
Worrying can occupy a great deal of your time and energy and drain you both physically and emotionally. Our children need us, right now, to serve as their grounding force, both emotionally and physically.