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Psychological help for parents

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Recommendations for handling quarantine or self-isolation

Being in some form of isolation or quarantine can be very challenging. If possible, try to maintain your social contacts via a wide pallet of online tools. Try to keep your own habits, eat in a balanced way, have enough sleep and rest, strive for physical and mental activity every day. It is a good idea to use stress management methods that you successfully used to practice before. There are many ways to reduce stress such as relaxation or meditation.

We advise you to visit the Mental hygiene section for learning the basic recommendations for maintaining mental health.

If you feel the need to talk to someone, either about a specific problem or just to chatter, contact one of the crisis lines. The list of them can be found in the Psychological help section.

Tips on how to successfully handle cohabitation during quarantine 

Spending quarantine in a couple or with our family can be an advantage and a disadvantage at the same time. You and your partner or family should support each other. However, at some point in time, you can start to get sick from each other.

What to do to prevent conflicts?   

  1. Arm yourself with a dose of patience and tolerance - with a pandemic, the dynamics of your coexistence are likely to change significantly, and it will take everyone a long time to come to terms with the situation.
  2. Reserve some time for yourself as well as for joint activities. 
  3. Take turns while taking care of your children. 
  4. These times are also demanding in terms of worries and fears - about the health of loved ones, about the future. Try to talk to your partner about your concerns.
  5. Open communication is crucial - talk about your feelings, problems, etc. You are diminishing the chances of the escalation of the problems.
  6. This situation unprecedentedly affects children. Their time with peers is significantly limited. So they do not have enough space to exhaust their energy and build social contact. If you suddenly find the space of the apartment smaller than usual, try to go for a walk in the fresh air. A short walk will certainly benefit you.
  7. Have some fun - watch a movie, cook with your family or play a board game.