We’re heading into day 21 of self-isolation, which means that most of us are going a bit stir crazy, if not just downright crazy. With case numbers increasing, it’s more important than ever to stay home and practice social distancing. However, keeping yourself and your kids entertained while cooped up inside is easier said than done. Try these tips to maintain your sanity and keep your family entertained.
There’s bound to be something you’ve always wanted to try, but maybe haven’t quite gotten around to. What better time than to try it now? Whether it’s baking, crafts, or a home project you’ve been wanting to finish, take some time to be creative and try it out! Even if you mess up, there’s no harm done in a bad painting or defective batch of cookies when not many people are around to see.
Retire From Couch Potato Status
One way to help save your sanity is to get active. Whether you try an exercise video on YouTube or take your dog on a walk, getting up off the couch can significantly help cheer you up.That means you can better your physical and mental health in one walk around the block. (Just remember to maintain a safe distance from others while you’re out.) As the weather warms up, you’ll have the perfect opportunity to catch up on yard work, plant flowers, or even try your hand at a garden. To keep things safe, many greenhouses have switched to curbside pickup options, so you may have to call ahead and make arrangements. Don’t have a green thumb? There’s an endless number of games you and your kids can play in the backyard or driveway.
Get Facts, Not Rumors
Paying attention to what’s going on in the world and the U.S. is more important than ever, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you need to be constantly watching the news. When you do catch up on the news, make sure that you are getting the most accurate information possible. Being fed inaccurate information can only add to anxiety and stress levels. Listen to public health experts and accredited organizations such as the CDC or the World Health Organization. Take news outlet breaks and watch something that makes you happy. You can also follow encouraging social media accounts such as The Happy Broadcast.
Keep In Touch At Home
Social distancing can get lonely, but how lucky are we to have the ability to interact with loved ones with just a quick call. Taking time to connect and talk with others can help you feel less overwhelmed. You can even get time face to face through video chatting apps like FaceTime or Zoom. Giving encouragement and helping others is a known mood-booster. So, supporting those who might need a little extra care during this time can help them and you keep positive attitudes.
Social Distance For The Greater Good
The world is a little crazy right now, but with smart, safe practices like social distancing we can help keep others safe and give COVID-19 less chances to spread. How we react today can help bring about a more optimistic future outcome. So, remember to care for yourself, encourage others, and don’t forget to wash your hands!