As we move even deeper into the COVID-19 'sheltering' to protect ourselves and reduce death, so many people are 'beating up on themselves'.
Parents who are now home all the time, kids who are now around all the time, spouses working from home, not enough money, resources..patience. Patience with a capital 'P'.
So what can you do to remember you are a work in progress? Some of the ideas my clients have come up with are walking, getting outside, asking the other adult - if there is one - to watch the kids, taking hot baths or showers, singing, playing games, doing art, reading...gardening.
Taking some time alone...a half hour if possible...to just sit and be. To sip a cup of tea. To reflect. Maybe to paint or do art. Maybe to write in a journal.
There are many ways, and most importantly is to keep telling yourself...no matter how much work you have done or think you have done personally, that THESE ARE TRYING TIMES requiring extraordinary measures.
So speak it quietly, hum it, put it to music as you go through your day: I AM A WORK IN PROGRESS.