The COVID-19 pandemic has unleashed new challenges for parents and left many struggling to find a balance between their own needs and those of their spouses.
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is leaving many people in unfamiliar territory when they try to navigate the changing dynamics within the household while attempting to establish norms that will best serve them now as well as into the future.
Given how drastic changes have been recently witnessed by the world it is not uncommon for some parents to doubt their parenting approach or question whether they're doing enough given these rapid alterations daily.
What is Women's health?
Women’s health is an extensive term that refers to the physical and mental health challenges most women encounter compared to men. Often, it is about safety and reproductive health for those younger ones and diseases that appear in their reproductive organs.
Women’s health care is of significant importance for their psychological well-being. Women represent the fundamental assumption of the overall health of a family. We should ensure to provide quality care which will also lead to enhanced health of children and families.
Parenting in the age of COVID-19
No doubt that modern parenting is a constantly demanding responsibility. With the addition of working from home, proper access to women’s health care, and financial insecurities amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, parenting becomes tougher than before.
With the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, we were forced to adapt ourselves to the sudden situation called the new normal. Working remotely, home-schooling, social distancing, and other restrictions caused us to deal with circumstances in life in a very stressful manner. Suddenly as a parent, we immediately felt the impact of dealing with various roles and responsibilities. Whether we admit it or not, the quality of our work is the one that is greatly affected. Like a chain reaction, it affects different aspects of our lives.
Home in the age of COVID-19 has become the school, gym, church, and office. It may seem practical and provide better opportunities for parents. However, it is not as easy as it may seem to be. It also means that as a parent, you have more responsibilities and roles to fulfil such as supervising your children’s schooling while at the same time working from home, cooking, grocery shop, and other daily needs for your family. Additionally, you may have to deal with your children who might manifest emotional and mental stress due to the COVID-19 situation.
Here is some advice for parenting style to help you lessen your stress as well as that of your children:
- Recognize your emotions - first and foremost, you must be able to acknowledge your seemingly overwhelmed feelings - fear, anxiety, stress - and discuss them with your family and relatives, and even friends. It will help you feel better and cope with parental stress.
- Set realistic boundaries - as an expectant or working mom, it seems to be more difficult to balance work and life activities, particularly if both of them are happening at the same place. The best thing to do is to set a clear boundary or designate a particular area for your work such as your room. Also, assign an area for your children’s schoolwork. By organizing your physical setup inside your home, you are also enhancing the quality and productivity of your work.
- Connect with other parents - another effective way to lessen stress is to join forces with other parents. You can do this by reaching out to them personally or through phone calls or social media. It is an excellent way of exchanging ideas on keeping your kids focused on their school work and other related activities.
Impact of the pandemic on family life
In early 2020, the COVID-19 outbreak forced families to be isolated together at their homes. And just a year later, research has revealed this period to be linked directly with various impacts on families’ well-being including mental health issues.
It has been found out that during the early months of the pandemic, parents started to notice their children experiencing a greater level of analyzing problems and challenges which eventually led to anxiety and depression. Parents have also revealed that they have the same experience.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought not only a financial burden but also challenges of being isolated, childcare issues, and sudden fear related to the health threat that is, unfortunately, badly understood.
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women’s mental health
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women’s mental health issues is sometimes overlooked. Often than not, women’s mental health is associated with dementia, clinical depression, or anxiety. But unknown to many, it is an important component to the overall contentment and well-being of women since it maintains the emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual balance of their lives, relationships, and families.
In our present situation where almost everything seems uncertain, it is of utmost importance to dedicate time every single day to women’s health care and overall well-being. We should fully recognize that women with higher psychological well-being tend to live healthier and enjoy a better quality of life.