If your entire household is both working from home and attending school from home, you might be feeling overwhelmed with anxiety due to not knowing how to fit everyone comfortably into a small space, while at the same time being able to get your work done and making sure your kids are completing their school work. It is very likely that boundaries will be crossed during this time due to all family members sharing the same space on a constant daily basis.
Here are some tips to help you set healthy boundaries that can in turn reduce anxiety.
- Hold a family meeting during which everyone will decide which rooms each person of the household will occupy during work/school hours.
- Members of your family might have different work hours, so it is important to clarify what your start and end times will be for each weekday. Writing out everyone’s schedule and room assignment on a white board and hanging it up in the kitchen can serve as a nice reminder for all so that no one will be disturbed.
- Explaining the importance of why it is crucial for everyone to respect each other’s space and time, especially during work/school hours.
- Consider Including recreational alone time into the room assignment schedule. For example, if both you and your partner work out of the same room during the day and that room has a television which you both would love to watch your separate shows on, then go ahead and book that room for a specific day and time so you can enjoy your alone time either after work or on the weekends.
Scheduling alone time is important because spending so much time with others can start to feel overwhelming. During your alone time, consider reading a book/magazine, listening to your favorite music, meditating, watching your favorite t.v. show, exercise, drawing/painting, etc. These relaxing activities will calm your nerves and soothe your soul. They will also energize you and you’ll feel less overwhelmed about being quarantined in a small shared space. Remember to book your alone time by writing it on that white board so everyone knows not to disturb you.