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Weathering Tough Times: It's Important to Stay Connected
Keeping Your Family First
In times of economic hardship, some families must share vehicles, lack reliable transportation, lack job opportunities that either keeps them from working outside the home/farm/ranch or extremely busy by making long-distance commutes. Some families cannot afford telephone service.
It is not uncommon for families, both men and women to have little time to nurture friendships. This is particularly true, though, for women who are usually the primary caregivers for dependent children, responsible for home care and often work out of the home. It is important to encourage women to take time from their personal and work demands to care for themselves.
Too often, in difficult times, self-care is put aside to deal with more urgent matters. What we tend to forget, is how important it is to have relationships with family and friends in order to promote our emotional and mental well-being. Being involved with activities and interests beyond work and family will help you stay balanced, even in crisis times. Of course, being too busy doesn't make sense. Selecting activities that are important to you, give you a sense of accomplishment and build self-esteem are worth doing. Staying connected to others takes time–but it's well worth the time!
- Dr. Kathy Bosch, Extension Family Life Specialist, University of Nebraska Panhandle Research & Extension Center
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