COVID-19 Mental Health Concerns for Moms
The COVID-19 pandemic has turned our lives upside down, and while everyone’s experience is unique, we cannot deny that parents, especially moms, are experiencing unusually high-stress levels.
The sudden changes in work, school, and everyday life have forced families to adapt quickly, and moms especially bear the brunt of these adjustments.
Without notice, you may have found yourself without childcare, and having to assume homeschooling responsibilities, while juggling working from home. Or you may be one of the 2.5 million women who had to leave the workforce during the pandemic to care for their families, adding a financial strain to an already stressful situation.
Given how much life has changed in the last year and a half, it’s no surprise that studies show elevated rates of depression and anxiety amongst mothers. With all of the additional responsibilities and uncertainties, it’s harder to find the time to care for your emotional and physical needs.
We want to encourage all the moms in our community to make themselves a priority and start caring for their minds and bodies. So, we’re sharing some tips to help reduce stress and lessen the burden of everyday life during the pandemic.
Common COVID-19 Mental Health Concerns for Moms
We know as a mom, you are a go-to person in your family. However, it’s important to set boundaries and outline appropriate times when family members can call on you to help them with something.
Split Household Responsibilities
We can all agree that moms are superhumans. But, it doesn’t mean you have to do all the work all the time. Split household chores like cooking, going grocery shopping, taking out the trash, and caring for the kiddos with your partner. Also, make your older kids responsible for setting the table, washing dishes, doing laundry, and keeping the house tidy.
Schedule Some Alone Time
It may be difficult at first because you will probably feel selfish for taking some time just for yourself, but you are entitled to this alone time, and you deserve it.
You spend enough time focusing on keeping your family happy and functioning smoothly. Still, you won’t be able to do that if you get sick, so you need to stop canceling yourself and dedicate time to healthy stress relief activities like reading, listening to music, meditating, and exercising.
Make Time to Socialize with Friends
Even if you cannot meet with friends in person, try to make a virtual date with your friends. Talking to other moms going through similar situations will help relieve stress and help you feel less isolated.
Make a Budget and Stick to It
The economic effects of the pandemic hit many families. Financial burdens are among the top stress factors.
If you don’t already have a budget, now is a great time to start. If you have a budget, revisit past expenses and see if there are any areas you can cut back to save money.
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help
We all struggle sometimes, and it’s ok and even expected to feel overwhelmed during these uncertain times.
If you are dealing with depression and/or anxiety, speak out, let your husband or partner know what you are feeling.
Remember, there is always help available. Reach out to your church’s prayer group or join an online support group.
At Altus Emergency Centers, we know moms are the pillars of our community, and we will always be here to help.