Ugh. Our lives have been turned upside down by this Coronva Virus thing (Darn you Covid19!!!) and we can only hope this will all end soon. Like many of you, we are quarantined at home and trying our best to stay healthy, balanced, entertained and productive. Schools are closed. My wife and I have two beautiful children (11 and 12 years old) who are now at home all day doing their best to stay focused, entertained and out of the hair of mom and dad. By the way, a quick shout out to schoolteachers and administrators who bravely and swiftly worked to develop and implement at-home distance learning plans. I am so impressed, humbled and appreciative that when this all started heating up and we were all running to Costco to stock up on toilet paper, our school teachers were behind closed doors working tirelessly to develop a game plan. The swift action has kept my children engaged and learning at home which is a huge accomplishment. Thank you teachers!
Boredom is setting in. The kids are restless and so are we. With that in mind, we wanted to share some thoughts and ideas on how to make the most of the situation. These are 10 things we are doing at home and in our community to stay healthy, sane, happy and safe.
9. Resist the comfy couch and resist the Netflix Abyss
With seemingly little to do, it’s so easy to fall into days of television binge-watching, which, to be clear, I have been there… done that. If you have children and are trying to work from home, it’s also tempting to park them in front of the electronic babysitter with game consoles so you can get some peace. But if you spend your time lazing on the couch, you won’t be doing your brains or bodies any favors. We try to put a time limit on the TV watching and video game playing and schedule it at the end of the day as something that is “earned” with good behavior. What better activities will engage your family instead? Read on for some ideas…
8. Set a Daily Agenda for Yourself and with Your Kids
Have a “business” meeting with your children if you have them. If not have a business meeting with your pets or with yourself. LOL. We told our kids that this is not a summer vacation. Rather, they will wake up at the same time in the morning and “go to school” and that there will be an agenda to follow for the day including schoolwork, exercise time, reading time, Wonderopolis time and free time. We printed this Agenda out for them to follow each day religiously. If you have kids, perhaps you can assign them age-appropriate tasks according to a daily agenda. You may run into groans and resistance, so offer certain small rewards for each job completed. If you don’t have kids use this same approach with yourself. Set an agenda, print it out and follow it. At the end of the day, have another meeting to hear reports of what they accomplished. Dole out the rewards and plenty of praise. Setting daily projects for yourself will help keep your mind off the stuff you can’t control until things return to normal.
7. Bring the Gym to You
Our bodies crave the KINDNESS of physical movement and exercise. There are so many at-home workouts for people of all fitness levels on YouTube and you can do them in your living room without any equipment. All you need is a little space, an internet connection to stream the video. Just search for yoga, bootcamp, at home workout and you will find many options. Planet Fitness and other chain athletic centers are now offering live-stream workout classes for free.
6. Have a Solo or Family Dance Party
Whether you have a passion for pumping iron, spinning wheels or simply strolling, be sure to stick with an exercise routine. Not only does regular movement boost your resistance to COVID, it also helps calm your mind and chase off the quarantine blues. One fun idea is to have a dance party! Play your favorite tunes and shake your body! Have fun and if you are brave enough… record your dance moves to share with friends and family!
According to the Mayo Clinic:
“Regular exercise may help ease depression and anxiety by:
Releasing feel-good endorphins, natural cannabis-like brain chemicals (endogenous cannabinoids) and other natural brain chemicals that can enhance your sense of well-being
Taking your mind off worries so you can get away from the cycle of negative thoughts that feed depression and anxiety.”
5. Play Family Games
Fun for the whole family is critical for surviving the restrictions of the viral outbreak. Board games may seem pretty old-school in the age of electronics, but they never lose their appeal. We all love the hands-on interaction of playing board games. When you need to get some work done, games in a box can keep the little ones distracted for hours at a time. Our kids still love to play Life, Clue, Apples to Apples, Pie Face, Monopoly! But you don’t have to own Monopoly to entertain the family. Card games, charades, even hide-and-seek will help you bond instead of battle with your crew.
4. Feed Your Curiosity
Just because school is out for a while doesn’t mean your kids have to stop learning. A great approach to education is by letting their innate curiosity take the lead. One way to do that is to explore online learning websites such as Wonderopolis.org. Fun for children and adults. This interactive, multi-media website will delight young minds (and older ones, too!) by satisfying curiosity on many different topics. Plenty of free content to keep your school-age children absorbed for hours.
3. Manage Stress by Learning Meditation Techniques
With the normal household rhythm turned upside down, and as economic uncertainty dampens your mood, stress becomes inevitable. My wife has gotten the whole family into a daily meditation routine. If you don’t already have a meditation routine, you may want to take this time to develop one. Again, you can turn to the internet to find free tutorials on the various techniques. YouTube offers plenty of training videos to help you get started. Just 15 minutes per day can recharge your mental and emotional batteries while preventing stress from dragging down your health.
2. Eat Right for a Healthy Immune System
Even if you avoid the Coronavirus during this worldwide outbreak, if you don’t continue to eat for immunity, the difficulties of staying home for an extended period of time can degrade your whole family’s immune systems. At that point, you’re all at greater risk from even common infections. Combat a low immune system by eating the right foods, particularly fresh vegetables and fruits.
Is your neighborhood grocery store bereft of product these days? Just because the physical stores are getting wiped out doesn’t mean you’re out of luck. Try Amazon.com instead. However, because Amazon’s food delivery service is new, it may not be available yet in all areas. If that’s a bust, you can always order from your nearest Walmart. Fresh food is available, it just may not stay on shelves for long in physical stores.
1. Balance is Everything
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How to Boost Your Immune System. Harvard Medical School (2014).
Depression and anxiety: Exercise eases symptoms. Mayo Clinic (2017).
8 Vitamins & Minerals You Need for a Healthy Immune System: Don’t rely on supplements, diet is key. Cleveland Clinic (2015).