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Well, here we all are. All the schools are closed. There are no bars and restaurants open. And we are all hopefully practicing good social distancing. But it is all quite a surreal situation. And I totally get that you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed and uncertain right now. So here are my tips for staying positive through the pandemic and quarantine.
Staying Positive Through The Pandemic And Quarantine
Getting Into A Positive Mindset
Even if we are staying in, we don’t have to become slugs. Get up every morning, and get ready. Get out of your pyjamas and make your bed.
I’m still doing my usual makeup and beauty routine. Why? Because it maintains some normality. SO keep doing the things that make life feel normal.
Open your windows for half an hour and let the air in your house freshen up. We live on a big road, so I will be doing this at the back of the house. Get out into your garden if it is good weather. It is a great time to start growing in the garden.
Try and keep your house tidy and don’t become a slob. It will make you feel so much better. See these habits for keeping your house tidy.
And maybe it will give you a bit of an impetus and time to do some home improvements. Especially your work at home area…
Quote by Aly Raisman
Looking After Your Mental And Physical Health Whilst In Quarantine
It is tough being indoors all the time. I am definitely feeling a little stir crazy. We have been isolating for a few days, as E and I started with a cough. May be nothing, but we are being safe. Social distancing means that you can go out, but stay away from other people.
As part of keeping a positive mental attitude and staying positive through the pandemic and quarantine, I would certainly advice limiting social media, and keeping away from too much news. Maybe just watch one bulletin a day. If I tune in too much it just makes me anxious.
We have been trying to make sure that we are getting enough sleep. Staying hydrated and not drinking alcohol (as much).
Getting a little light exercise (Yoga, or dancing) and trying to to keep our diet healthy. All the things I talked about it my post about getting happy.
Here are some great ways of getting outdoors with the kids.
Which may not be easy in the weeks to come, as people are going crazy in the supermarkets. And to me this is a bit of an anxiety trigger.
Quote from Mahatma Ghandi
What If The Shops Have Shortages?
I know a lot of stress comes from worrying about the food situation. Panic buyers and stockpilers are stripping supermarket shelves. Leaving nothing for many families. When I last went to the supermarket there was no milk, eggs and barely any fresh meat. Canned foods, cereals and toilet roll aisles have been empty for a couple of weeks. Plus the till queues were a mile long with people crammed together. All things I would rather avoid right now!
Well, maybe the answer is to shop at more local shops. The corner shop and local greengrocer near me have had stock in, and aren’t as busy as the major supermarkets. Try not to stress, eat the foods you do have in, and google getting creative with what you do have.
I would certainly recommend The Bootstrap Cook for some very cheap family meal suggestions.
I Really Miss Other Family I Don’t Live With
Isolating and social distancing is hard. It goes against all we are as human beings. Social creatures. My little girl doesn’t really get why she cannot see her cousin, or go to school. But the world is so connected these days.
Why not set up Skype, or a FaceTime group? My friend made the suggestion that we have a “Friday Night Stay In” over FaceTime with a glass of wine. We have a great capacity to stay connected. So let’s use the tech we have.
Things To Occupy Your Time Whilst Staying In
It can be boring staying in, but if you are anything like me, you have a list of jobs at home that could be done. I have plenty of DIY jobs to do, and also intend to carry on decluttering. Though I shall be storing this clutter somewhere for the time being, and have stopped selling on eBay so as not to need to go to the post office.
Certainly do watch all those boxsets that you have been meaning to watch, but don’t just veg out in front of the TV. I am actually watching more comedy, as I find that this distracts me more.
Why not try a new hobby? I make no apologies for the fact that I love to sew, and so hope that I will get some good sewing in during being indoors more. There are lots of YouTube videos if you want to learn how to knit or crochet. And your new hobby may help you keep equipped with the essentials you need during this time. Make alternatives to loo roll and baby wipes by up cycling old clothes.
Quote by Jim Rohn
What If I Need To Teach My Children At Home?
Currently, only certain schools are going to be open for key worker’s children. So you may need to have your kids at home.
Please stop them from going out with their friends! I know that it is tough for them (my 4 year old is so bewildered by all this!) but it is for the community at large. And stop them going to the play parks! This virus lives on hard surfaces for up to 3 days, so they could bring it home with them.
For exercise, there are so many things for children to do via YouTube. Cosmic Kids Yoga or Just Dance Videos. Why not just have a kitchen disco?
Or get out into the garden and do some digging? We are actually going to plant some flowers and easy to grow vegetables, such as lettuce, radishes and onions. Herbs and cress can be grown on your windowsills. We may need them!
But remember – you don’t have to be a teacher. Chances are, the school will be sending them some work to do, and if so do this. My overriding tip to letting children be at home is to go with what they love doing educationally. Encourage them to read. Let them be engaged in the things they enjoy. Do not force them to do all the subjects they hate, as this will just end up being an issue of contention. Which when added to the quarantine will just make an unhappy home.
Quite a few online education resources have made their archives free to use. See this post for some great ideas .
Why not learn an instrument together? My little girl is only 4, so I have started to teach her the recorder. Please send earplugs!
Pandemic parenting has been a novel experience.
And need some childcare? Check this post out.
My Overriding Top Message How To Stay Sane In These Crazy Times
My last tip for staying positive through the pandemic and quarantine is to let go of what you cannot control, and concentrate on the things you can. Concentrate on keeping yourself mentally and physically fit. Cherish all the moments you are making with your family. We are stronger together.
Obviously we won’t be touching hands…
The chances are if you do contract Coronavirus, you will survive. But do think about the elderly and vulnerable in society. Stay in and social distance as much as possible. Work from home if you can.
If you do feel like you could cry, let it out. Realise that this is all part of the grief process. There will be times when it is all hard to accept. But just accept that it is ok not to be ok.
Right now it feels like we are losing life as we know it, and are uncertain when this may end. Crying over that is normal. But remember that we do all need to work together to end this.
By social distancing.
Keeping our loved ones safer by not seeing them.
And keeping our kindness intact.
I hope that these tips help. But I would love to hear your tips and what you have been doing. Comment below, or find me on social media (which I will still be checking – just not as often)
Want to see more positive quotes? Find some here.
And please do pin this for later.