Home & Family
Families around the world are having to make adjustments as a result of COVID-19. Adults and children may feel the indirect effects because of the drastic changes we have all had to make. These changes can take a toll on us mentally and physically. It is important that we discover our new normal. Below are nine tips to help families during this time.
Avoid Emotional Isolation
Emotional isolation can lead to depression. Kids and adults are finding themselves having to practice social distancing, which can lead to loneliness. Practice open conversation with your family members within your home. Reach out to other family members outside of the home as well as to friends. Maintaining these contacts will promote a sense of connectivity. Using online meeting platforms can help us connect with each other.
Keep connected within your communities. If you are a member of a faith-based organization, participate in online services to stay connected. Other groups such as clubs, small groups, senior centers, and others may be holding online meetings. If you have these opportunities, take advantage of them. You can also use this opportunity to call your friends and family more than you have before.
Make a Positive Difference
You can take this time to make a positive difference in the lives of others, including those you do not know personally. Consider doing a project with your kids and families. Think of different ways to make an impact. One way is to make homemade cards to send to those in nursing homes and hospitals.
Choose to Have a Positive Outlook
Practice positive thoughts and teach your kids to find the positive in the situation. This situation allows many of us to spend more time at home with kids, and this is something that other generations have not had the opportunity to do.
Plan For This Time
While the current situation is changing from day to day, it is important to plan for the weeks to come. Limit grocery store trips as much as your grocery budget allows. Designate the person who will take kids to the doctor and who will go on other errands.
Plan Outdoor Adventures
Sunshine is important to our well-being. During this pandemic, it will be more important than ever to make sure that we are enjoying fresh air and sunshine with our families. This will help fight depression. Exploring nature and seeking outdoor activities can be enjoyed while still practicing important social distancing.
Schedule Family Time
While you may find yourself with more time at home than you normally have, you may also find that your family is in a rut because of the new way of life. If you realize that you are still not spending quality time with your family, schedule time with each other and enjoy activities such as board games, family movie nights, outside adventures, and more.
Discover Your New Normal
Make a schedule each week to maintain structure for you and your kids. This will help all of you stay productive and not lose track of the time or day of the week.
Encourage Healthy Habits
It can be easy to become so disconnected to the world that we find ourselves in a state of complacency. This can lead to a lack of motivation and unhealthy habits. Encourage your family to eat healthy and exercise daily. Not only will this benefit your body, but it will also benefit your mind.