The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every aspect of our lives, and families have not been spared either. According to a recent report by MSN, Raoudha Jean-Zéphirin, a Montreal-based family therapist, has been seeing an increase in family-related issues since the pandemic began.
“It’s catastrophic,” says Raoudha. She has been hearing stories of parents struggling to juggle their work and parenting responsibilities while also dealing with financial stress and maintaining their mental health. Raoudha is also seeing an increase in conflicts between partners, as the pandemic has put a strain on even the strongest relationships.
Another issue Raoudha has noticed is an increase in family violence. With the lockdowns and stay-at-home orders, victims of domestic violence are stuck at home with their abusers, making it harder for them to escape the abuse.
Raoudha emphasizes the importance of seeking help if you are experiencing any family-related issues during the pandemic. While the pandemic has made it harder to access mental health services, there are still options available, including virtual therapy and counseling hotlines.
“It’s important to prioritize your mental health and seek help if you need it,” says Raoudha. She also suggests maintaining a routine, staying physically active, and taking breaks from the news and social media to manage stress and anxiety.
The pandemic has brought on unique challenges for families, but seeking help and support can go a long way in easing the burden. If you are struggling, know that you are not alone and help is available.