In the midst of COVID-19 Pandemic
They say the hardest job in the world is being a parent or full-time caretaker. Whether hands-on or from a distance, engaged parents and caretakers perform an often thankless job with no HR department for complaints about client tantrums and public meltdowns.
Nowadays, times have shifted into an unmapped dimension as COVID-19 has rocked the entire planet. If it was difficult to drop the little munchkin off for a few hours at daycare or school to catch up on some much needed employee self-care or monetized tasks before, it must be almost out of the question during the unforeseen pandemic.
“Life’s a beach”– Unknown Author
The expression “Life’s a beach” comes to mind, especially when your kitchen table doubles as an impromptu online classroom every morning or your bedroom doubles as your spouses full-time office. For stay-at-home-moms/dads/caretakers, things can start to feel a bit beset or confined if the time you were creating to find your next “thing” is no longer within reach.
We’re all hanging in there the best we can. Here are a few tips that have been helpful for me as I’m figuring it all out:
- Don’t be too hard on yourself
- Spending all of your time caring for the wellbeing of another is hard enough without adding the stress of feeling inadequate
- Rome wasn’t built in a day
- Finding things that make you happy and also makes you money may take time to discover
- Recruit a special helper
- Activities that allow you to include the ones you are caring for can alleviate the need to keep the matters separate
- If you go down, the whole ship goes down with you
- Make time to relax and decompress to avoid burning out with a resulting domino effect
No matter what stage in your quest for fulfillment, be kind to yourself and don’t be afraid to remind those around you that your job makes everyone else’s job much easier.
Comment below and share the things you do to make time for the things you wish to accomplish.