Parenting & Social Distancing: How Do I Keep My Sanity?
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic is unlike anything we have seen before, and with it comes unique challenges – like having the entire family home together every day. With everything that is going on, you may have found yourself asking “How do I keep my sanity with my kids home all day?” We have compiled a list of ideas to help you thrive during this time of social distancing:
- Stay Connected – Remember that “social distancing” refers to physical distance! During this time where we may be separated physically from friends and family, we can still maintain social connections. Phone calls, video chats, and sending cards are all great ways to maintain relationships! Don’t forget to help your children stay connected too! One idea is to schedule a virtual playdate with their friends using Skype, FaceTime, etc.
- Soak Up The Sun – Sunlight is believed to be a mood booster because it signals the brain to release serotonin! If the weather is warm where you live, take some time to get outside and enjoy the sunlight. Try going for a walk as a family or playing in the backyard. For those that are experiencing cooler weather, try opening curtains and blinds to bring the sunlight inside!
- Make New Routines – Try to make a schedule for the day. Plan out things that you want to get done including school work, chores, time outside, etc. Of course, be open to the idea that plans may change, but having a plan for what you need to accomplish will help relieve stress.
- Limit Your Time On The News – We know you want to be informed, but try to limit your intake. Consider designating two times a day for only a few minutes to catch up on the news.
- Enjoy A Family Activity – Plan an activity to get the whole family doing something together. Some ideas include playing a board game, baking a new dessert, or watching a movie.
- Be Active – Whether you’re inside or outside, spend a few minutes trying to be active. If you can get outside, go for a family walk. If you can’t get outside, try a family yoga session or play a game that gets everyone moving.
Navigating the new norm of social distancing, working from home, and having children home all day is something we’re all adjusting to and learning how to do as we go. We hope these tips can help relieve some of the stress you may be feeling and help you make the most of your time home together. Remember: Be kind to yourself, this is a new experience for all of us!