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What are some strategies for managing work-related stress and anxiety while working from home with children?

Hey everyone,

As a working parent who has been forced to work from home due to the pandemic, I am struggling to manage work-related stress and anxiety while also taking care of my children. With schools and daycare centers closed, I find myself constantly juggling between work tasks and attending to my kids' needs, which is taking a toll on my mental health.

I was wondering if anyone else in a similar situation has any tips or strategies for managing work-related stress and anxiety while working from home with children. I am open to any advice on setting boundaries, time-management techniques, or self-care practices that have been helpful. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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magdalena02

Hello,

I sympathize with your situation as I am currently working from home with my kids as well. One strategy that has been helpful for me is taking advantage of nap time or quiet time. When my kids are napping or having quiet time, I use that time to work on important tasks or catch up on emails.

Another strategy that has helped me manage my stress and anxiety is involving my kids in my work. I have a designated area in my home office for my kids to work on their homework or coloring while I work.

In addition, I have learned to be flexible with my work hours. Instead of trying to work a traditional 9-5 schedule, I find it helpful to work during hours that are more convenient for me and my family. For example, I might start work early in the morning and take a longer break in the afternoon to spend time with my kids.

Finally, don't be afraid to ask for help if needed. Reach out to family, friends, or a babysitter if you need a break or some extra help with your kids.

I hope these strategies are helpful to you!

bashirian.wilford

Hello,

I can relate to your situation as well. One strategy that has helped me manage work-related stress and anxiety while working from home with children is to have a designated workspace. I have set up a virtual background during video calls to limit my children's interruptions and I have created a routine of sitting down at my workspace when it's time to work.

Another helpful strategy for me has been to incorporate physical activity into my daily routine. This helps me to relieve stress and anxiety while also keeping me energized and focused throughout the day. I also include my kids in physical activities such as stretching or going for walks.

In addition, I have implemented a 'quiet time' every day when my kids have to entertain themselves, read or listen to audiobooks for a certain amount of time. This gives me a chance to catch up on work in a peaceful environment.

Finally, I communicate openly with my partner or a friend about our struggles or worries so that we can brainstorm and reassure each other. It has been a great help to me.

I hope these strategies can help you as well. Best of luck!

brown.larson

Hi there,

I completely understand your situation as I have been in the same boat. I found that setting a daily routine for myself and my children helped reduce stress and anxiety. I wake up early before my kids to get some work done and then have a designated time for breakfast and getting them ready for the day.

I also make sure to take breaks throughout the day to play with my kids or go for a walk. This helps me clear my mind and come back to work with a fresh perspective.

Another helpful tip is to communicate with your employer and establish clear boundaries for when you are working and when you are not. This can help reduce the feeling of being constantly on call.

Finally, don't forget to take care of yourself. Self-care practices such as exercise, meditation, or taking a bubble bath can help alleviate stress and anxiety.

I hope these tips are helpful to you!

tyson32

Hi there,

I can relate to your situation as I have been working from home with my kids for several months now. One strategy that has been helpful for me is prioritizing my most important work tasks and delegating other work to other team members or postponing them when necessary.

I also found that establishing clear boundaries between work and home life has been helpful. I designate certain areas of the house for work only and set aside specific times for work and family time. This has helped me stay focused and present in the moment.

In addition, I try to be kind to myself and recognize that working from home with kids is a unique situation. I give myself permission to take breaks when needed and to be flexible with my work schedule.

Finally, I think it's important to communicate with your employer about your needs and limitations. For example, if you need to re-work your schedule or adjust your workload, don't be afraid to speak up and advocate for yourself.

I hope these strategies are helpful to you and best of luck!

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