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The impact of the pandemic on increasing stress in the family
The meeting organized by Professional Women’s Network (PWN) within the LGC organization with a topic on ” The impact of pandemic on mental health ” has been very fruitful and useful.
Ms. Lirije Lokaj - Psychologist, has addressed the topic “The impact of pandemic on increasing psychological stress in the family.”
“This has not been an ordinary year and for this reason we have different feelings, which has affected the dynamics and increased stress in the family” - began the discussion. Ms. Lokaj.
Two main stressors that have contributed the increase of stress in the family are: poor communication and financial situation.
According to different studies in the world, other factors that have greatly influenced the increase of stress in the family are: too much information, job loss during the pandemic, fear of the unknown, fear of infection, etc.
Poor financial situation fades and negatively affects family relationships, as stress is very high and people tend to blame each other. However, on the other hand, even if we have enough financial resources in the family, it is not a guarantee that the family will have proper well-being and harmony.
- 113 million is the number of infected in the world, while the number of deaths is 2.5 million - dizzying figures which can cause great individual stress.
“According to some studies in Kosovo, mothers are the ones quite affected by stress, manifesting it with emotional outbursts, increased criticism towards children, which was very hard to manage,” continues Mrs. Lokaj “all this as a result of increased stress and responsibilities in the family, which aggravated the challenges of women.”
On the other hand, these negative events can bring family members closer, only if we can properly perceive, find support and turn the situation into something positive.
At the end, as advice, Ms. Lokaj emphasized “We have to answer honestly to children, to all questions related to the pandemic, nevertheless not to overload them with information”
The pandemic has caused a great deal of uncertainty and fear throughout the world. In terms of psychological dynamics isolation has caused a certain effect on the human body, as well as in the mind and in daily activity.
Despite this unusual situation, let’s focus on the things we can control and not on the virus and its consequences, which we do not depend on us.