Are you feeling a burnout due to the changes whether it’s related to completely shifting how you’re doing life right now, dealing with illness, the added responsibility and the changes in your routine.

Since most of the school have closed for the year, us parents have taken on the the responsibility of educating our child with/without the aid of our schools. Some schools have implemented tools for online learning that’s doable while others have send in information that feels quite of bit over the top during a time that’s uncertain at best.

The symptoms of burnout vary from lack of patience to overeating and crying without any apparent reasons. Surprisingly, a burnout need not be such a bad thing. It is a wake-up call – an indicator that things are not going well and that take a look at how you and your family operate best.

I think it’s really important that we lower our expectations. Now is not the time (or ever) to be a perfectionist. There are good days and bad days and you don’t have to beat yourself up for not being on top of you game. Whatever gets done gets done but don’t push yourself beyond the point of making it harder than it needs to be.

There are alternative methods and being flexible is important. I am not a home schooling parent but as I am facing this time right now, all I asked of my son is to do one school activity (minimum) a day. His academics look different for most due to the special needs that he has. We designed a schedule that allows us to operate with reduced overwhelm that he can follow and check off.

It think that when you find yourself tense and it’s building up, taking a break is important. We are not meant to be brain on all the time to work and that’s adult and children alike.

This is a time for compassion and meeting one another where we are and not push beyond that. Over kill isn’t going to help anyone get anywhere faster. Which means don’t include too many activities for the sake of forcing information into your head or your kids’ head. A tired mom often means a grouchy kid.

If you happen to have help at home, include your partner and be sure to reach out to friends and family for social time – even if it’s via zoom or other video conferencing platform.

Burnout due to the changes is real and what we perhaps need now is more quality time with our children and less pressure on performing!

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Petra Monaco

Petra Monaco

Create the Life You Want + Make an Impact while you're at it!

Petra Monaco is a published author, coach, mom and breaks the status quo for fun. As a foster kid, she knows the challenges and excuses people make as she rewrote her own story and then worked her way through to become a Master's level therapist. However, after watching her son fight for his life due to a rare genetic disorder and three liver transplants, she now coaches creatives and multi-passionates to stop waiting for “one day” and the “perfect moments’. Petra helps you dive deeply into the heart of things in order to discover your next steps, inspires you to set up your own personal framework so you can break free from fear, doubt, and overwhelm so you can start creating the life you want now. Petra uses her personal story to inspire and motivate people into doing the work they need to do to create change because she believes that your excuses are just avoidance. You can have the cake and eat it too if you're willing to show up for it!
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