The social distancing efforts and quarantine mandates in response to the Covid-19 outbreak are unlike anything we’ve ever seen. As time passes, this isolation will likely lead to boredom and anxiety as we get further from our normal routine. No matter your situation, here are a few ideas to help you make the most of your time at home.
1. Create a Schedule
Creating a routine for you and/or your kids will help to reduce stress and anxiety because everyone in your family will know what to expect. You likely have a weekly routine for work and school, so why not create one for the next few weeks?
Wake up, get ready for the day, and encourage your kids to do the same. The following schedule from Instagram user @allthings_lovelyxo was featured on Today’s website.
2. Stay Active
Make it a priority to get fresh air each day. Depending on your location, it can be chilly this time of year, but the days are longer. Take a walk, go on a hike, or ride your bike. All of these activities are possible while keeping to social distancing guidelines.
3. Tackle a Project
Most of us are guilty of putting off home improvement project because life tends to get in the way. Use this time to start a project in your home to fill evenings and weekends. Examples include spring cleaning, reorganizing a room, decluttering and designating items for donation, or cooking new and creative family meals. Don’t forget to get your kids involved.
4. Take a Virtual Trip
You and your children can visit a variety of places online. Virtual trips can be both fun and educational. Check out our blog, Classroom Adventures Await: No packing required, for educational field trip ideas. For even more resources, explore these 20 Virtual Field Trips To Take with Your Kids.
Visit outer space. NASA offers live feeds that include views of Earth from the Space Station. For a more educational approach, watch the live stream of NASA TV’s media channel to see interviews with astronauts in space and more.
Take a dive with ORCA, the Ocean Research and Conservation Association, Inc. ORCA’s website offers free videos to help you and your children explore the ocean floor.
5. Create at Vision Board
A vision board is a visual tool to help you understand or define a significant goal in your life. They are used by many celebrities including Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah Winfrey.
Success coach Jack Canfield explains, “by representing your goals with pictures and images, you will actually strengthen and stimulate your emotions.” Why not take your time at home to realize your personal goals and ambitions? This blog by Christine Kane, entrepreneur and businesswoman, will help you get started.
Whatever you’ve been putting off, make it happen while life is slowing down. Read a book, catch up on your sleep, or reconnect with your family. Life will be back to normal soon enough, and we will all have a greater appreciation for our busy schedules.
Stay positive and safe!
Heather LiVorio has 12 years of combined online and classroom teaching experience. She currently teaches Science and Family Consumer Sciences for Lincoln Learning Solutions and has been employed with the company for 5 years. Heather enjoys spending time with her three boys and family, vacationing at the ocean, and going on adventures.