Below you'll find answers to the questions we get asked the most.
I frequently argue and fight with my roommates over silly things. How can I manage this during COVID-19?
While we stay home to remain safe during the current pandemic, we are spending far more time than usual with families/ roommates. For some, it is a welcome opportunity to be together during an anxious time, but for others, this forced togetherness can also be a source of stress and anger. While these are normal emotions, if not managed properly, they can harm both our health and our relationships.
Here are some coping strategies.
Identify situational triggers and avoid them as much as possible.
Acknowledge emotional reactions in your body.
Accept your emotions, step away from the situation, and try relaxation methods to prevent your irritation from escalating.
Try thinking from the other person’s perspective.
Remember you have a choice. Choose to act wisely.
I am working from home these days and I often feel angry with my spouse and children for simple mistakes. This is affecting our family life, what can I do?
Working from home during the COVID-19 crisis comes with many challenges – including having your spouse & kids around all the time. Being unable to focus on work or give it your complete attention can be quite frustrating.
Here are some strategies to help you cope:
Positive communication: Channelize your feelings openly and spend quality time with your partner and other family members.
Make a plan: Have a family meeting and work out a schedule for each family member that includes work/school work, exercise and screen time. Planning your routine together respecting individual space will allow everyone to get a sense of control over a challenging situation.
Look for silver linings: This is the time to show our children how to be resilient and navigate through challenges in life.
Managing self-care: Do more of what makes you happy. Yoga, meditation and breathing exercises can also help manage negative emotions like anger. You could also read self-development / motivational books or listen to podcasts.
I used to get along well with my office mates before but it has become a struggle these days. How can I stay calm and avoid conflicts with my colleagues?
Even under the best circumstances, remote work is not without challenges. Amid anxiety over COVID-19, market and economic conditions, homeschooling of children makes it a fertile ground for conflict.
Here are some ways you can deal with this:
Be particular about how, when and what you communicate with your colleagues. Check on their availability and convenience considering the presence of other members at home.
Set realistic expectations from others, give some leeway and appropriate guidance as and when required.
Be mindful of feelings – your own as well as of other people’s. If you are in a bad mood, hold off non-essential communication until you get a better handle on your emotions.
Use your curiosity and develop empathetic understanding. Simulate your office lunch-time conversations or chats over coffee-breaks to maintain good rapport.