4 simple tips to help the family stay positive during difficult times
We all know how hard it can be to remain positive when life throws us curveballs. Big and long-lasting events like the ongoing coronavirus pandemic are especially hard. It has left virtually no family member unaffected, parents and children alike.
While it’s hard to avoid feeling overwhelmed and even helpless facing these challenges, there are ways to smooth the journey for everyone. These help us not just to cope, but to stay positive and build stronger relationships during difficult times. Surrey family counsellors recommend these 4 tips, designed to help families stay positive when times get tough.
Communicate. Address fears, whether they come from financial concerns, loss of physical contact with friends or changes to routines. Try to accept the situation and focus on things within your control.
Keep healthy routines. Maintain bedtimes and healthy meals to ensure family members are well-rested and well-nourished. Balance this with a dose of daily exercise to improve mental and physical health and relieve stress.
Maintain outside relationships. You may not be able to connect with friends or extended family the same way you’re used to but it’s important to maintain contact. Phone calls, video chats and instant messaging are good ways to support yourselves and others.
Focus on things that make you happy. Hobbies, activities, creativity and interacting with pets boost our mood and help us feel more positive.
Despite our best efforts, some will still struggle. Know that it’s ok to talk to someone. In Surrey, family counselling and child counselling are available to help support those who need it. Telephone and online sessions make sure everyone can have access. Remember that difficult times won't last forever. Be kind to yourself and others.