We’re living through an unprecedented time in recent history. People are sick, we’re isolated from our friends and family, and our lives are upended. Many people feel overwhelmed and uncertain and are looking for ways to make life feel more normal.
Below you’ll find 6 ways to stay positive during COVID-19 lockdown while dealing with this challenging experience. Let us know how you’re staying upbeat – leave a comment and share your tips at the end of this article or find us on Facebook and Instagram. Even though we’re apart, we’re all in this together!
Stick to a Schedule
Even when you’re working and learning from home, maintaining a regular schedule will be a sanity-saver for everyone. That means waking up and going to bed at your regular times, getting dressed in normal clothes, and starting and finishing work and home school at the regular times. Remember to honour break and mealtimes as well. Predictability helps this unfamiliar situation feel a little less disorienting and will help you and your children maintain the good behaviours you’ve developed at work and school. Here is an example of how you could frame your child’s school day amid COVID-19 to keep that sense of normality.
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Plan Special Occasions
If you’re stuck indoors for a while, why not plan a special occasion of your own – it’ll be something extra to look forward to. It could be a highlight as simple as your favourite home-cooked meal or family games night (here are some fun educational games ideas). Or you could make up a special day to celebrate (National Pizza and Pyjama Day sounds good to us!). Whatever you decide, these small treats will help you and your family during this difficult time. Looking for ideas? Head over to Awareness Days or read more on fun free ways to keep your family entertained at home.
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Start a Family Project
With everyone home for an extended period, families have a unique opportunity to turn this downtime into something memorable. Maybe everyone gets hands-on with a scrapbook, photo album, journal, or art project. In fact, it’s a great opportunity for that new veggie garden you’ve always wanted to start. Maybe it’s something as simple as quick daily vlogs that capture your lives in the moment. Whatever the case, these family-level projects give you the chance to build new skills, engage with your children, and create something you can look back on in the years to come.
Make Time for Me Time
Even for the happiest of families, togetherness can be stressful under normal circumstances. With everyone under the same roof for an extended period, it’s even more important to carve out some alone time for every member of the family. That can take many different shapes: maybe you can designate a room in your house that family members reserve for solo activities. If that isn’t doable, designate a quiet hour every day where everyone works on their own independent projects. Whatever form your me time takes it’ll help you stay refreshed and maintain your sense of self and independence while everyone’s together.
It’s finally spring, which means that nature is getting ready to put on a green, flower-filled show. That’s why it’s so vital to remember your outdoor options as you pass your time at home. As the weeks go by, your garden will likely become a wonderland of birds, bugs and new plant life that’s worth exploring (or just viewing with a cup of coffee). Don’t have a back garden? Take a walk through your neighbourhood. As long as you maintain proper social distancing, these little trips outside your home will reconnect you all with the world and help you take in some bright springtime life all at the same time.
At Learning Resources, we’re here to help you make the best of this challenging time. Stay safe and healthy and check back with our blog for more tips and learning ideas as the situation unfolds.
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