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The government’s recent announcement regarding the third lockdown is sure to have put further strain on many people. In some of our recent blogs we’ve looked at support for children during the Covid-19 Pandemic and the things that can be done to help during these difficult times. You can read more about this on our website here https://theeaves.org.uk/news/. This week our blog focuses on advice and support for parents and carers, many of whom are currently under more stress than ever before. The virus has affected numerous aspects of our being – financially, emotionally, socially and not least, physically. Many parents and carers now find themselves in the position again to have to manage home working and home schooling with everyday life.

What could help?

The NSPCC* and GOV** websites both have a wealth of information for parents and carers for looking after your wellbeing during these difficult times.  Here are some things you may like to try: –

  • Build self-care into part of your daily routine. Sometimes just taking 5 minutes can really help
  • Share your workload if you live with others
  • Speak to your employer about work flexibility
  • Establish a routine that allows a positive structure for both yourself and your child/ren
  • Make time for the things you enjoy. It’s easy to lose sight of positives when things feel overwhelming but focusing on a favourite hobby can provide you with a break
  • Keep your mind active with activities such as reading, puzzles, drawing or painting when you’re able. This can help you to feel more in control
  • Look after your physical wellbeing – sleep, exercise and nutrition
  • Help and support others
  • Seek further advice and support from loved ones or a professional

We all react differently to situations and it’s normal if you’re feeling an array of emotion right now. Finding coping strategies that work for you can help bring relief.

Further support

Further support for parents and carers is available. The Eaves have a variety of trained Counsellors, Psychologists and Psychotherapists in Guildford, Godalming and Farnham. We are seeing clients face to face in our COVID complaint practices, via telephone or Zoom, whatever suits you best. Our professionals see adults, children, couples and families, 12 hours a day, Monday to Saturday between 9am and 9pm.

Please contact the referrals team on 01483 917000 who will be happy to help source a suitable therapist for you.

You can also send us an enquiry. Click here to find out more.

References:

* Mental health and parenting | NSPCC

** https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-public-on-mental-health-and-wellbeing/guidance-for-the-public-on-the-mental-health-and-wellbeing-aspects-of-coronavirus-covid-19