Cabin Fever! (Dealing with isolation & big life structural changes)

Tuesday, February 8, 2022 @ 12:47 PM

How to hunker down and not lose your cool when the everyday routines in life change or are turned upside down!

It might be fun for a few days, almost like a mini-vacation, but when the isolation drags on and on, it quits being so much fun. When we are forced to spend time together, without our usual structure, or alone in isolation, it is easy to feel a little lost, become more irritable, and even feel overwhelmed.

Children accustomed to structured class time may have a hard time switching over to online learning or switching from being in school to being on summer break. It may even be taking the family on vacation, and even though it is fun and exciting, it can also be stressful.

We may want to ‘lay around’ and watch TV, play on our phones rather than interact with each other. Some have an extensive online social structure, while others are not really ‘connected’ in that manner.

The way we communicate with one another will be vital as we take on new roles.

During the pandemic, parents suddenly had to become teachers. Parents who are usually at work are now childcare providers, have unexpected interruptions (even while trying to do their former job from home), and may have little experience addressing daily issues unrelated to their work skillsets. They developed an appreciation for the skills teachers provide daily to students.