September 18, 2020 9:24 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

While most of the country is nearing two months of sheltering in place, many of us have suddenly been forced to adjust to a ‘new normal’: parents home-schooling their children, families or roommates suddenly isolating in cramped quarters, donning a mask when leaving the house, and wiping down groceries after a stress-filled visit to the store.

One of the most important things you can do is accept that a new reality should come with a different level of expectations. For example, you’re not going to perfectly juggle remote work with home schooling and child care.

For those frustrated by the new limitations on everyday life during quarantine and the ‘new normal’, it is suggested to resetting expectations and identifying what you can do rather than focusing on what you can’t.  Consider other things in your life that you expected or hoped for but didn’t pan out, and you survived. “Change the expectation to match reality, realizing it’s not catastrophic,”

Being more accepting of family members will help you keep peace in the home, but it’s just as important to accept your situation and the ‘new normal’ as a whole. This doesn’t mean resignation, but rather a realistic observation and a coping mindset

Coping Mindset – Important tips:

  • Adjust your expectations
  • Don’t view everything that you had as essential
  • Focus on what you can do, not what you cannot do
  • Go on a politeness binge
  • Think of this as a chapter in the book you are writing

Navigating “new normals” in the midst of a pandemic is extremely difficult. Everything from working norms to parenting norms have changed, however, there are intentional methods that may provide ease during this transition. Remember, you are not alone! Everyone is navigating these new normals together

  • Create new routines: A daily routine or schedule can help renew some normalcy of life. Carve out realistic timeframes for work, breaks and family time.
  • Virtual coffee (or Happy Hour): Schedule time to have a virtual cup of coffee with your coworkers. This could be a great time to share self-care tips, have a virtual contest or let organic conversation lead.
  • Unplug on nights and weekends: If you are working from home, you may have found yourself more connected to your email and work projects than you were previously. Remember it is essential to your mental health to unplug and take time away from work responsibilities.
  • Create virtual playdates: Parents may find it difficult to get uninterrupted time to work during their children’s waking hours. Alleviate some of this pressure by scheduling virtual playdates with family, friends and classmates.
  • Acknowledge your feelings and be flexible: Some days may be more difficult than others, give yourself grace, and be flexible to unexpected change.

We do not know how long this virus will be around for. We all need to work together to ensure we are doing the right thing for our friends, family, colleagues and our community, to stop the spread.

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