So, the Government announced you had to stay inside, and you didn’t fancy doing that in your tiny two bed apartment with the flatmate you’ve known for a couple of months? Then I’m guessing you did what a lot of us did and moved back in with your parents, and when it was for a couple weeks you could handle it but now it’s months later and you can feel yourself regressing to a stroppy teenager. Well here’s our guide to staying sane whilst living with mum and dad.
I have found that the only way to stay sane is setting boundaries with each other, like we leave my dad alone if he’s playing video games and I don’t get questioned for spending the evening alone in my room. Remind your family that you are used to living away from them and although it’s exciting to get to spend time together, we don’t know the end date so you also need time to live like you normally would. Whether that’s skipping one of the many weekly quizzes to video chat your mates or agreeing that you don’t have to watch every episode of Emmerdale with your mum. Seriously what is it with mums and soaps?
There is nothing that takes me back to a teenage mindset than being asked to do a chore I don’t want to do. Remember that you are an adult who would be doing these things for yourself if you were at home so offer to help out. Plus, if you are offering to cook dinner one night or do the ironing maybe you can avoid the chores you really hate like cleaning the bathroom.
Contact old friends
Chances are you aren’t the only one who’s come home, and you might be surprised who else is in the same boat as you. Now that we are allowed why not meet up with someone in a park, it’ll get you both out of the house plus you get to have a good old catch up. Nothing makes living with your parents more bearable than seeing the people who helped you through it the first time.
Get to know them
You’re an adult now so maybe it’s time you had an adult relationship with your parents. Try to get to know them as people, learn about their interests, find out what they were like before they had you. Because as irritating as they might be, you’ll be grateful for this time with them once life is back to normal.