Hi, all! Lisa here. Sarah and I are going to be coming to you twice a week for a little while with posts to help you get through these unusual and often frustrating times. Today we’re going to talk about how to manage the frustration (irritation, anger, fury) you might be feeling with all the changes and new ways of doing things.
How many times over the last few weeks have you heard, said, or thought any of the following?
Yep, these are the cries being heard around the country as we all try to live our lives online. It would be great if we were all able to make the transition smoothly. But, *sigh*, that’s not real life. In real life, the internet is spotty, everyone is in each other’s space, your kids don’t want to do their work, you’re having trouble getting organized and keeping to a schedule, and you have to figure out how to work from home and meet all of the ongoing demands in the other areas of your life. Any one of these things alone could be a source of frustration. With everything happening all at once, some things are bound to go wrong and frustration is a natural response when it does.
Unfortunately, staying frustrated isn’t going to help you get anything done. Figuring out ways to manage your frustration is especially important right now when there are so many changes and so much uncertainty.
A good place to start is with your overall mindset. In your regular life, you had a routine, you could predict most roadblocks and you could set things up to avoid them. There were fewer unexpected frustrations, so it was easier to keep frustration manageable. It’s a lot harder to go with the flow with so many things changing so quickly. But there are some key mindset shifts that are important.
Speaking of getting things done, adjusting your mindset is just the first step. You also need strategies to help you manage your frustration when things don’t go as planned. Remember, you’re going to feel frustrated or even angry, and that’s okay as long as you don’t get stuck there. There are some simple things you can do to help yourself when emotions are getting out of control.
So, that’s all for today. I hope you’ll use some of these tips in your day-to-day life. Remember, frustration is normal. You can also anticipate and manage it so that you can still do what you need to do and be the amazing woman you’ve always been.
You've got this!
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Each week, you will hear from Sarah or Lisa on topics related to your needs as a busy mom. We will talk about everything from parenting values, to life hacks, to realistic self-care. (Dads are welcome to the party too!)