Managing Family Relationships Under Severe Stress
Is the Coronavirus causing you fear, worry, and uncertainty? Uncertain times bring uncertain circumstances and, unfortunately, parents and children are feeling it the most right now. It’s no surprise that the COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenge for many families. Managing the additional stress of being in close quarters with your loved ones, avoiding judgment from those around you, and trying to comprise on differences you may never have known you shared can wreak havoc on any relationship. Consider the following steps to help support your spouses and family during this time:
⦁ Address specific concerns to foster safety and hope.
⦁ Encourage personal and family growth.
⦁ Take breaks throughout the day to reduce stress.
⦁ Find a trustworthy marriage counseling telehealth provider.
Fostering Safety And Hope At Home
This ever-changing environment is an uncomfortable feeling for most of us. In marriage counseling, we preach fostering safety and hope within the home to ensure all concerns are addressed and accounted for. Leaving questions and problems unresolved can lead to feeling overwhelmed. So, focus your efforts on clear and consistent safety messages. Take special time out of your day to listen to one another. Play a board game, set a family meeting night, and ultimately continue to promote that safety and hope when and wherever you can.
Encouraging Personal And Family Growth
This extra time at home is perfect for setting personal and family goals. Remember that morning workout routine you’ve been meaning to get to? Set a schedule. Divide and conquer! Take this chance to work towards yours goals together and highlight that growth with positive affirmations to bring your family unit closer.
Taking Breaks To Reduce Stress
Take little breaks throughout the day to reduce stress. Allow yourself and your loved one’s breathing room to make mistakes and acknowledge the moments when you need to step away. It’s okay to feel overwhelmed during these uncertain times. Do what you can to be your best self and showcase those efforts to the people around you. You’ll be surprised how energizing those little breaks can be!
Finding A Trustworthy Marriage Counseling Telehealth Provider
When fear, worry, and uncertainty become too much to bear on your own, find a trustworthy marriage therapist who you can rely on when you need them the most. COVID-19 has introduced new a new level of stress for parents and families across the country. A Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) can help your marriage through its most difficult obstacles at home and post-pandemic.
Your relationships deserve a fighting chance. Contact Susan Block today for a complimentary phone consultation. Call or email today!