The process of hardening steel is called tempering, it is placed in ovens at great temperatures and then dipped in oil to cool, that is what many feel like they are going through at this time.
Swinging between feeling safe to unsafe, and all of the emotions between. The ABC here has been researching stress levels in the general population 2 week ago they were at 70% this morning they measured at 81% as the time of restrictions grows.
What can we all do to handle that stress so that it does not lower our immune systems and compound?
The first thing that is important is to allow yourself the time and space to feel the emotions, they need to be processed to prevent them being buried for later exhumation (which will simply impact negatively on another time in life) so if you need to express grief, angst or anger, do so in a way that is both safe for you and for others, get it out of your system and then get back down to the tasks that need to be addressed.
If you are feeling challenged by this option then please reach out, I am happy to offer a listening ear and some guidance in dealing with unprecedented challenges and stress in this time. I will put some links at the end with ways to find me.
We will emerge stronger from this event, yes it will be different, however it is our choice to make it better.
What lessons are we learning from the changes taking place? Are you more able to see what is more important in life that what you perceived previously?
Over the years I have watched many families rushing here, there and everywhere with kids to sports, music lessons, language lessons, so may extra curricula activities, while at home there are piles of toys and activities untouched.
Have you been able to do more directly with your children at home? Have they had the opportunity to see that the washing basket isn't really magic? That a parent "does" all those tasks that need doing, are they learning some skills that will serve them in their daily life for the rest of their days?
Have you been able to become more self disciplined with working from home or managing your budgeting skills? What tricks have you come up with to make life easier through this time that can be carried forward when this is over to make a better life for all concerned?
In every event there are lessons, if you cannot see any yet, then perhaps it is time to sit down and go over the possibilities.
Be tempered by your experiences, stay strong and safe, get in touch with me if you need support.