Most of us are staying home to protect ourselves and our community from the spread of COVID-19. Here are a few of our favorite ways to make “stay at home” less disruptive to our sanity.
Working at Home
Many of us are still working, which can be challenging in a home environment. Pets, children, even household chores can be very distracting. Remember a few tips:
Create a workspace. Defining a specific space for work will help children and roommates avoid interruptions, and will also help you to separate work from downtime.
Maintain a Schedule. Set a schedule for yourself that follows your typical work routine as closely as possible.
Parenting and Teaching
Just like you, your kids are adapting to a whole new lifestyle. Keep a positive attitude and remember you are learning together. Find things to do that will keep your family active and engaged to promote good health and communication. Try a few of these activities to break up the boredom:
Build a Blanket and Pillow Fort. It’s just as much fun as you remember.
Go on an Indoor Scavenger Hunt. Hide treats and toys around the house and create clues to find them.
Make Paper Bag Puppets. Write a play and perform your own show.
Plan a Themed Movie Marathon. Cuddle up with some popcorn and watch together.
Set up a Blind Taste Test. See if your kids know the difference between broccoli and cauliflower by taste.
Hold a Video Game Tournament. The winner gets ice cream!
Stage a Fashion Show. Play dress-up with old clothes and jewelry and do a Facetime show for Grandma.
Teach a Cooking Class. Show your kids how to make their favorite treats.
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Fighting off the Boredom
This is an excellent time to catch up on activities that you may have been putting off. Organize your closets or deep clean your apartment, or put up the pictures you’ve always wanted to hang. Other ideas to help pass the time include:
Exercise. While the gym may be closed, you can go for a run, learn yoga in your apartment, start lifting weights, or work out to a dance video.
Read. Catch up on all those books you’ve always wanted to read, or order some new ones and start your own library.
Cook. Brush up on your baking skills or make some soup to store in the freezer. Online cooking lessons can even teach you to make the perfect soufflé.
Plan. Get online and plan your dream getaway to look forward to or to take a virtual tour of a place you want to visit.
Shop. Help your favorite businesses by shopping online. Many shops are even offering online discounts to encourage sales.
Start a New Hobby. Thinking about learning to knit? There are endless online resources to help you learn a new skill.
Stay Connected to Friends and Family. Use your phone, your computer, even write letters. We may need to maintain a physical distance from one another, but we’re all in this together, and we’ll all get through it – together.