Family Burnout – What Is It and How to Avoid It

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Family Burnout – What Is It and How to Avoid It

It seems like the worst of the coronavirus pandemic has passed. Plenty of people are going about their day like it’s any other. However, there are still states struggling with the pandemic. Many people are still staying at home together to keep safe and not be alone.

After months of being stuck at home together and watching every show and movie, Netflix has to offer; it’s understandable how tempers might flare up sometimes. The stress of the situation and the feeling of being stuck, even with people you love dearly; can make your fuse short. This is called family burnout– what is it and how to avoid it.

The next time your little brother interrupts your Zoom meeting or your roommate eats the cupcakes you’ve been saving; try these techniques:

1. Give yourself some me-time

Not being alone in times as scary as these can be a blessing. But having people in your face all the time can also be exhausting. So, when you’re starting to feel irritated or you can feel the tension rise from your other quarantine buddies; take some alone time. Go to your room, shut the door, and do something only for yourself. Maybe you’d want to read a book or take a nap. It doesn’t matter what you do as long as you get to take a break from being with the company. This can help you clear your mind and feel like yourself.

2. Respect everybody’s personal space

Just as everyone should respect your alone time, you should also respect everybody’s boundaries. Don’t push when someone clearly needs their space to think or be on their own. This also applies to physical space. It’s easy to push past physical boundaries when you’re stuck under one roof with other people. Sometimes doing so is unwelcome and can result in fights.

3. Take time to decompress when conflicts arise

When sparks of temper turn into fiery anger, remember to decompress. Much like the first one, find time to be alone and digest what you’re feeling. Before you get into a fight with your quarantine roommates, whether they’re friends or family. Fights get exacerbated because of the stress you’re already feeling. After walking away, try meditating or, if you’re more spiritual, pray for the forgiveness of sins, both yours and your roommate’s. When you’ve calmed down, you’ll see that the tension has eased and you can have a more productive conversation.

4. Find a common ground

Nothing unites people more than shared interests. Finding out about things you share with the people you live with is critical in preventing isolation-induced family burnout. When you’re united over something, there’s less of a chance that you will have a disagreement. Maybe you can bond over your love for Korean drama or maybe you all enjoy playing Uno. Doing these things you all love doing promotes unity and harmony among members of your quarantine family.

It’s not easy, the feeling of being stuck and wanting to fly only to be met with a glass cage. But it’s more difficult staying with people with whom you don’t get along with. With the practices above you can prevent feeling tired of the people you’re stuck with and come out on the other side appreciating them better.

Caitlyn Knuth

This is Caitlyn Knuth from Vancouver, Canada. I am a teacher, traveler, and story writer.

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