In this time of pandemic, it is important that we focus on something good to keep ourselves stress-free. Social distancing because of Coronavirus (COVID-19) is the best thing we can do right now to decrease the risk of spreading the virus in our communities. But social distancing and self-isolation can be really stressful.
We have some references for lowering your stress during this time of uncertainty:
>Do virtual meetups or playdates: Use technology you have available to practically meet up with those you love. If your kids are missing their friends from school or best friend from down the block, work with parents to arrange virtual playdates.
>Make “me” time: “Me” time is vital for everyone in your home to practice. Set apart time every day for your kids to do something for themselves or have quiet time in their rooms, and during this time, treat yourself to something that will help you relax.
>Go outside when possible: Social distancing doesn’t need you to stay in your home 24 hours per day. If the weather is nice, get outside and play! Or just read a book on your porch while your kids play. Either way, your whole family will benefit from smashing out of your home and burning some energy.
>Keep your routine: With kids being out of school, and parents being out of work or working from home, routines are essentially thrown out the window. But you can keep your family’s morning, mealtime, and bedtime routines consistent. This will give your kids a sense of steadiness, and it will help you too.
>Cut yourself (and your kids) some slack: When agendas and routines are turned upside down, everyone is off their game. You and your kids may feel irritable or frustrated, and there might be more crying than usual. Remind yourself that some days are going to be harder than others. Try to focus on the more positive moments throughout your day.
Use the above tips as stress busters to deal with the COVID-19 stress.