Don't be too hard on yourself
Kids are unpredictable. Inevitably, you’ll have to deal with a crisis that has less to do with COVID-19 and more to do with hair-pulling and broken toys. If your kids interrupt your Collaborate session with an embarrassing question or if you didn’t get everything done because you were refereeing arguments and managing meltdowns, it’s okay. Be kind to yourself – shut your computer down when you’re ready and come back tomorrow.
Make time for yourself
At some point in each day, try to prioritise yourself. Take some time to yourself (not easy if your children are toddlers!) – a few moments spent alone, or doing something you enjoy, can help.
Enjoy the moments
There’s a lot going on globally, and there’s probably a lot going on in your home. It’s easy to get stressed out, frustrated or overwhelmed. Our kids’ lives have been turned upside down and they will be coping with this to varying degrees. It’s okay to just switch off from the news and do something that you have always enjoyed just for the fun of it. During this time, do your best to find strategies that work for you. Be adaptable and flexible and take it one day at a time.
Connect with others
Stay connected to friends and family. Talking with other parents who are in the same boat can be really helpful.
It is normal to feel anxious and worried during this time. If you, or someone you know, is struggling with mental health, help is available at Beyond Blue or through Lifeline on 13 11 14. JCU students seeking help can also book sessions with our free JCU Counselling Service.
Need some help studying from home? Check out JCU’s resources for Learning Online.