Parents: Set Your New Year’s Intentions, Not Resolutions
written by Dr. Liz Matheis, published in Psychology Today
It’s 2022! Many of us have high hopes for the new year for our country, our world, our homes, our lives. This is especially true since the pandemic started in 2020, and we all want nothing more than a new year to bring new hope and intense change, perhaps even a return to “normal.” While this much time has passed, our desire to return to life before March 2020 is unrealistic as we all have transformed and evolved during the past almost two years. As the new year begins, I encourage us to begin to reflect on what the last two years have brought to us as parents and how we can take care of ourselves in the same way that we care for our children and the people around us.
The Burnout Is Real
As parents, we are burned out. We have played multiple roles that we never thought we would take on, and many of us are experiencing a high level of residual anxiety about our physical and emotional well-being as we continue to work through the COVID-19 pandemic.