Maintaining a balance in life is certainly very important, Beauties. However, it is not uncommon for you as a woman to need to take care of parents who are elderly and busy accompanying children with their various needs.
Being trapped in the sandwich generation is mentally tiring and even stressful. The following are psychology tips that have been summarized from the American Psychological Association (APA) and you must try them to keep your life balanced, Beauties!
1. Recognize the causes of stress that arise
Recognize the causes of stress that arise/ Photo: Freepik.com/ Drazen Zigic
Beauties, entering young adulthood and having a family will definitely make you mentally tired. According to psychologist Katherine Nordal, if you are trapped in the sandwich generation, you need to recognize the causes of stress that arise.
For example, you are stressed because you are overwhelmed with taking your child to school, accompanying him to study and play, but also having to care for a sick parent at the same time.
Plus if there are obstacles to school fees and parents’ medical treatment. Once you recognize the cause of the stress, you can seek help by discussing and dividing tasks with your partner or other relatives as a solution to keep your mental health healthy, Beauties.
2. Do activities that you like
Do Activities You Like/ Photo: Freepik.com/Farknot
In the midst of your busy life caring for your children and parents, Beauties still need to make time for yourself. For example, Beauties can go to your favorite hang out location, such as your favorite cafe, or do sports activities with friends in a park with beautiful and attractive views, treat yourself to your favorite snacks and give you rewards for your hard work so far.
3. Give yourself time to prioritize
Give time to prioritize yourself/Photo: freepik.com: freepik
Caring for children by giving them attention accompanied by good parenting and looking after their parents is certainly an obligation for Beauties who are already married. However, you still need to prioritize yourself, such as giving yourself time to rest and do your main job.
Care about your physical and mental health, by eating healthy food, relaxing your mind, such as listening to your favorite song or watching your favorite series to restore your positive mood. Because, everything needs to be balanced, Beauties.
4. Consultation with Professional Staff
Consultation with Professional Staff/ Photo freepik.com/ Freepik
When you feel stressed and unproductive in doing anything because you are trapped in the sandwich generation, Beauties can consult a psychologist. You can consult in the form of family therapy or individual therapy.
When you talk to a psychologist, your way of thinking and perspective in looking at a problem will be more focused. But the decision is still up to you, Beauties. Psychologists will also listen and respond neutrally and empathetically.
OK, Beauties, good luck trying these 4 tips for living a balanced and mentally healthy life, even though you’re stuck in the sandwich generation!
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