"Changing Thoughts....Changes Feelings...Changes Your Life!"
The new normal for many people is trying to figure out how to work from home with kids. It doesn't matter the age of your children, all ages presents it's challenges. I have a 15 year old at home and he definitely believes he knows more than me and he doesn't need any structure. The parents with first through fifth graders at home are struggling with completely different issues. As I talk to my clients, I hear frustration from ages 2 to 21!
Working from home already has its unique challenges like: HOW DO WE GET ALL OUR WORK DONE WITH ONLY A COMPUTER? We are finding out some things are not available without in person contact. Also video meetings have their own frustrations like connection issues, interruptions, and not being able to read body language. Yes there are perks working from home but I am definitely seeing there are frustrations.
This all would be easier to handle if we didn't have the added stress of children at home needing help with school, food and boredom. Plus some of us also have our spouse in our space too! This does not even mention the extra pressures some of us have with our finances, elderly parents needing more care, space, ???? This can feel overwhelming and emotionally draining!
How do we handle the NEW "co-workers" pushing our buttons? I teach my clients how to understand what we say to ourselves keeping us in negative patterns. Our words have POWER! Even changing one or two words can change the entire meaning and message.
For example by simply taking the sentence I used above: "This all would be easier to handle if we didn't have the added stress of children at home needing help with school, food and boredom." If we used the verbiage: Life is easier when I believe its normal to have children at home needing help with school, food and boredom. How do I fit time in to meet their needs?
As parents our job is to take care of our kids but by putting words like: "it is stressful" puts a negative touch to it leaving us feel burdened instead of fulfilled. Taking some time to describe what is happening thru a different lens is so important in making a lasting change with our destructive habits. This lens can be as simple as changing what words we choose. I have a FREE worksheet describing how to do this in more detail HERE.
At Embrace Health we believe in teaching you how to make small adjustments in your life to make a empowering changes. Changing thoughts...changes feelings...changes your life. www.cldcoaching.com
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