Psychologists and labor experts agree that the COVID crisis is taking a greater toll on women than men, especially moms. As another school year begins with remote learning, it's critically important to keep a close eye on the emotional well-being of mothers.
Even without a pandemic, women were bearing the brunt of an unpaid workload that includes caring for kids, cleaning, cooking, doing laundry, and sometimes caring for their aging parents. They also carry the “mental burden” of having to remember to complete school forms on time, make doctor’s appointments, and a long list of other mentally draining tasks that must be completed to keep a functioning home.
Seeing friends without kids on social media completing personal tasks and taking care of themselves doesn't help either. While moms need to take care of their families, they also need to realize their mental health needs to be taken care of too.
By following these guidelines, moms can take care of themselves mentally:
- Drop the guilt.
- Don’t make assumptions about your kids.
- Forget about perfection. Focus on completion.
- Direct mental energy towards possibilities, not impossibilities.
- A loose schedule is better than no schedule.
- Leverage your mommy network.
Learn more other mental toughness tips, and to get a free copy of "Maximize Your Emotional Intelligence", visit mentaltoughnessspeaker.com.