Pandemic Fatigue Amongst the Work-From-Home/Stay-At-Home, or "Stuck-At-Home" Moms
From the months of December 2019-February 2020, the number of women in the workplace had actually surpassed their male counterparts for the first time in history. Fast forward to September 2020 and a total of 865,000 women are now absent from the workplace, an absence, research shows, that has occurred four times the amount amongst women than men.
Women, after having finally established themselves in educational and professional settings in numbers equal to if not greater than men, are now, once again, bearing the majority load of child-rearing/house keeping duties within a pandemic-plagued society. These women have undoubtedly risen to the occasion to fulfill the duties of keeping their children safe and well-cared for in the midst of global crisis, but, many are losing their identities outside of their care-taking or work-related roles. Many stay-at-home moms have been responsible for simultaneously navigating multiple roles as teacher, playmate, and chef, all while maintaining their parental and in some cases full-time, work-from-home duties. Many caretakers, moms and dads alike, have been juggling an overwhelming amount of hoops with little to no breaks since the onset of this year's pandemic-related stress. And as more months of the pandemic carry on, these individuals are perhaps best described as the "Stuck-At-Home" Mom or Dad.
If you find yourself feeling stuck, overwhelmed, or exhausted with your day to day responsibilities, brought on and now perpetuated by the pandemic, you may find benefit in seeking some external support. While opportunities for self-care may be limited or look much different than before any major life changes associated with the pandemic, taking the time to reset and cope with stress in healthy ways may be more important now than ever before. Small investments in meditative, exercise, or meal prep programs, (after gaining approval from your doctor that it is safe for you to make such changes to your dietary or physical exercise routines) or even taking part in a few sessions with a licensed mental health professional can yield major benefits in coping with stress and maintaining adequate mental health. Take back your identity as more than just a "Stuck-At-Home" Mom or Dad and start living again today.