The current COVID-19 crisis has left many of us feeling helpless, stuck and uncertain. The constant media updates regarding the spread of the virus can make it difficult to manage the amount of information and maintain a sense of normalcy in your daily routine. Families, young adults and children may struggle with getting basic needs met, providing child care and managing stressors that are the result of engaging in recommended practices such as social distancing.
While practicing social distancing and staying at home is a good thing for all of us to do during this time, it can be a stressful for many of us. To help you stay happy and mentally healthy while cooped up, we’ve come up with some of our team’s favorite tips for keeping entertained and active from home.
CULTIVATE A NEW HOBBY
Have you ever wanted to try your hand at painting? Writing? Knitting? In a world that is more connected than ever, there are endless resources to help you learn a new skill. Blogs, YouTube videos, and even TikTok accounts can be fun and helpful ways to learn something new!
DANCE LIKE NO ONE IS WATCHING
Do a little boogie to beat your cabin fever blues! We highly recommend hosting a silent disco with your pets, family, or roommates. Dancing will ease stress and help you sleep better at night by expending pent-up energy.
HEAD TO OUR WEBSITE
Customize your jewelry through our webpage! Choosing necklace for your friends and yourself is a great way to pass the time. You will find some lovely and interesting pieces to gift your loved one. For example, you stay at home, but you can get the specific item to express your love of gymnastics or sports.
There is so much uncertainty right now, look for the little things. Maybe it’s something funny on a TV show or movie, maybe it’s something someone said to lighten the mood. Embrace laughter during this otherwise challenging time.
GET SOME FRESH AIR
While we highly recommend avoiding large groups and public spaces during this time, it is important to still get fresh air and sunshine when possible. Walk around your neighborhood, workout for half an hour in the yard, ride a bike outside, or even just open your windows for part of your day.
STRETCH IT OUT
Staying at home, it can be easy to spend most of your time sitting or lying down. Setting aside dedicated time to stand, stretch, and breathe will beneficial for both your physical and mental health. You can even set up alerts on your phone or calendar to remind you to stretch periodically!
KEEP IN CONTACT WITH SUPPORTS AND LOVED ONES
Although a lot of us are isolated due to safety precautions, take time to check in on friends and loved ones. Catch up on each other’s daily lives, share stories and tips of staying positive and healthy. We have so much technology at our fingertips that even if we cannot see one another face to face, you can still have quality time together. Challenge yourself to pick up the phone, skype, face time etc. And you can also send some small gifts to express your love and comfort each other.
EXPLAIN THE CURRENT CRISIS IN LANGUAGE YOUR CHILD WILL UNDERSTAND
Depending on the age of your child, as well as their level of exposure to the state of events, it may be challenging to explain why all the playgrounds are closed, or that we can’t see grandparents. Use comforting and supportive language to reassure your child that this will pass, and they will be able to go to school and see friends and loved ones again. Explain that everyone is doing their part to work together to stay healthy. Most children can recall what it feels like to be sick, use that as a starting point to talk about the importance of not spreading germs, washing hands, and maintaining a safe social distance.
Please remember, with everyone’s commitment to safety and health, we will get through this crisis.