The XX Factor: Survival Tips for Work-Life Balance and avoiding Burnout

Author: Lisa Douglas-Paul

Feeling the Burn(out)

It’s no secret. Working Moms are beyond burnt out

And now, with the Covid-19 Delta Variant 😷 on the rise, it’s becoming even less clear when or if we will ever get to return to our regularly scheduled programmes. In Part I, we took a quick glance at how the Pandemic lockdown measures stripped the average working mom of some of her essential go-to stress relievers.  Whether it was a night out with friends or a day at the beach with the family, these little breaks eased the monotony of the work week and made life’s stresses a bit more bearable.

Now, after almost 18 months of lockdowns, it may be time to look at adding some healthy alternatives to your Working Mom Survival Starter Pack to help you get through those tougher days.

When it comes to matters of the mind, we like to check with our experts. For this issue, we checked with Wendy Jeremie, Mother, Grandmother, Clinical Psychologist and President of the Trinidad and Tobago Association of Psychologists (PATT) for some quick tips for managing stress during the pandemic:

Set a Routine – Focus on setting a routine where everyone gets their fair share of time needed to complete a particular project or task ⏲️. Whether its school work, chores, exercise, relaxation and family time, schedules help everyone stay focused and feel comfortable.

Communication is key- create a safe and supportive environment by talking with your spouse, children and peers about any negative feelings you or they may be experiencing. 🗣️

Get moving – Boost those endorphins through regular exercise and movement. You can clear your head with a solo run or get the whole family in on the fun with team sports. 💪

But there are those moments where it can all seem like too much, and although it’s a great to get a handle on things yourself, it’s even more important to know when to ask for help. If you or anyone you know needs help navigating these challenging times, go to PATT and find out how you can get help.

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