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How Nannies Can Stay Productive and Healthy During COVID-19

“These are uncertain times” is a phrase you’ve probably heard more than once lately. But it’s true. Like many workers across all industries, nannies are worried about their jobs. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused stress, anxiety, and fear for the future. 

If you’re a nanny working fewer hours, if you’re working more than ever due to increased demand, or if the uncertainty of everything has impacted your mental or physical health, remember that you need to take care of yourself. Below are some tips for staying healthy and productive during the pandemic.

Boost your career when you can

Nervous about the future of your job, even if you love your current nanny family? That’s totally understandable! We’ve seen that the unexpected can change our lives in an instant. Taking action to boost your nanny certifications and skills may ease some of your anxiety.

If you have spare time, choose something new to learn that will add to your nanny skills and qualifications. Are your CPR and first-aid certification up to date? Have you been thinking of getting certified as a Newborn Care Specialist by the NCSA? Or maybe you want to specialize in caring for children with special needs. Now is the time to explore these options.

Don’t limit yourself to child care courses or skills. Learning a second language or taking nutrition and cooking classes may play into your personal interests, but they also make valuable nanny skills! You can also find support from other professional nannies. Join groups on Facebook, LinkedIn, or Meetup, even if you can only hang out virtually for now. 

Practice self-care

Self-care is a dedication to maintaining your mental, emotional, and physical health by doing something that makes you feel good. The great thing about self-care? You don’t need to spend money or do something specific to practice it. If you’re new to self-care, you can easily find joy in small, everyday actions.

What does self-care look like to you? Maybe it means:

  • Meditating for five minutes
  • Reorganizing a cluttered shelf or closet in your home
  • Walking your dog around the block
  • Listening to a podcast
  • Starting a gratitude journal
  • Trying a brand new hobby
  • Turning off your phone and unplugging
  • Sweating it out with your favorite workout
  • Taking a nap
  • Having a dance party with your kiddos
  • Checking little things off your to-do list
  • Doing nothing at all

Don’t some of those ideas sound wonderful? And remember, self-care is unique to everyone. Do what makes you feel good, and commit to doing it often to stay healthy.

Be mindful of nanny burnout

Burnout isn’t just the exhaustion you feel after a long day with the kiddos. It doesn’t happen suddenly. It’s a state of chronic stress and emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion. 

Nannies can experience burnout from repeated long work hours, a stressful relationship with your nanny family, unfair pay, vague expectations about your role, and other factors in your personal life. The anxiety and uncertainty you may be experiencing during the pandemic is one example.  

Burnout may look different to each nanny, but common signs include:

  • Mood swings
  • Changing sleep habits
  • Lack of energy
  • Decreased focus and concentration
  • Poor work performance
  • Loss of interest in nannying
  • Illness or loss of appetite

Think you might be experiencing burnout? Pinpoint what may be stressing you out in your nanny role — or your personal life! Maybe it’s a recent increase in duties that you hadn’t expected, the stress of uncertainty, or something else entirely.

Whatever those stressors are, they’re affecting your health. Talk to your nanny family and set up a plan to make changes if it relates to your work. Open communication can go a long way in helping you bounce back and stay happy at work.

If you’re a Preferred ChildCare nanny, we’d be happy to help you work through these feelings and create a plan to help resolve some of the challenges you’re facing!

Support your physical and mental health

Many of our Triad area nannies are working more than ever, and we thank them for it. One of the things we are actively trying to support is time off and a focus on health. Along with trainings and resources on how to stay healthy, we also want you to know that you need sleep, healthy foods, and exercise!

While every nanny’s needs is different, take a minute to think about how your diet, sleep, and exercise habits have been lately. You can make small changes today to make sure that your body has what it needs to stay healthy. Whether it’s picking up some extra vitamins on your next errand run or watching a YouTube workout, find small ways to keep yourself healthy.

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Yes, these are tough and uncertain times. However, you can make the most of the time you have to check in with your health, your career, and self-care practice. It’ll benefit you in the long-run.

For more nannying advice, follow the Preferred ChildCare blog! Preferred ChildCare is the Triad’s most trusted nanny agency and babysitting service. We provide ongoing support to our network of nannies, and ensure the best fit possible for every nanny placement with a local family.

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