Few things in life can cause more tension than spending too much time with the same people. As days turn into weeks, and weeks into months, minor annoyances fester into major conflict. It doesn’t have to be that way. Fortunately, there are some strategies your family can adopt to preserve the harmony in your home until the COVID-19 pandemic is over and behind us.
- Hit the Pause Button.
Frustration is like a volcano. Pressure builds and builds until it finally erupts into an argument. Learn to recognize when your frustration levels are rising. Taking a deep breath and pausing for a few moments can help release the pressure.
- Talk Openly (& Listen)
Discuss your feelings with your family, and listen as they discuss how they feel. Conflict always involves more than one person, so everyone must understand the things they can do to ease the burden on one another.
- Cherish “Me” Time
Whether it’s a walk in the park or a drive through the woods, everyone needs time away. Get away from the house and enjoy some quiet time away from potential stressors.
- Establish House Rules
Rules help prevent conflict before it occurs. Rules should include quiet time for work and studies, dedicated family time, establishing which areas of the home are for work/study, and which are for play.
- Be Patient, and Be Kind
Please. Thank You. I appreciate your help. Simple words and kind phrases go a long way towards expressing gratitude and maintaining a conflict-free home.
ACT Family Counseling is here for you. Our counselors understand the challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has created for families, and we can help you adopt strategies that will bring your family closer together. We encourage you to contact us to schedule an appointment.