Feeling a bit overwhelmed with the stay at home blues? We all love our families. We all treasure the quality time that we get to spend with them. There’s nothing more fulfilling than watching our kids grow up healthy and happy under our roof or sharing quality moments with our significant others as our relationship grows and evolves. Nonetheless, the current coronavirus pandemic and the Stay At Home order has necessitated have taken a toll on our families. No matter how much we love one another, cabin fever is sure to set in when we’re sharing a small space over a long period of time.
Furthermore, while some countries and states have already begun to relax lockdown measures, lives continue to be lost at an alarming rate. It’s enough to get anyone down. Homes that were once full of love can become breeding grounds of sadness, frustration and resentment.
Here are some ways in which you can help save your family from the lockdown blues…
Make sure everyone shares the responsibility for cleaning and tidying the home
Keeping busy is extremely important in keeping our morale up and reminding us that the little things we do every day can make a big difference. What’s more, with the whole family under the same roof at all times, keeping the home clean and tidy may prove too much for you (or you and your partner) alone.
Make sure every member of your family has a daily duty to perform in keeping your home clean, tidy and restful. When you’re all under Stay Safe at Home orders together, dirt and clutter can weigh heavily on your overstressed minds.
Spend some quality time in the garden every day
Nature is a proven mood booster and access to trees, plants and flowers can help us to stay positive, even in our darkest hours. So make sure everyone has access to the garden to relax, meditate, read a book or run around to let off their pent-up energy.
Like the home, your garden should be clean, tidy and free of clutter. Gardening is therapeutic at the best of times, and the worst of times. What’s more, growing fruits and veggies in the garden can help you to show your kids where their food comes from (and introduce them to the awesome taste and nutrition benefits of home grown food).
If you follow me on Instagram, you will notice that we are always gardening and playing fun activities in our backyard. The boys typically get bored quickly so we like to change up the routine for outdoor play time.
Make sure you always have something to look forward to
If there have been no announcements for lockdown easing in your area, it may feel as though the current state of affairs could go on forever. Still, it’s important to have something to look forward to, both inside and outside of lockdown. Fun game nights or movie nights as a family can help the days go faster. While plans of parties and vacations when the lockdown is lifted can remind you all how much there is to be enjoyed when things return to normalcy. Check out https://thebowerykc.com/special-events/ if you’re looking for a private party venue. And be sure to check in with friends and family outside of the home. Plan things with them so that you can ensure that they have lots of look forward to.
And finally… Limit screen time
We recently joined our friends on zoom, we laughed and talked for more than three hours! In an age where we have access to hundreds an hour of movies and TV shows via streaming platforms, our TVs, tablets and mobile devices are more appealing than ever. However, we should all make an effort to limit screen time, especially our young ones. Constant exposure to blue light from devices can be an impediment to restful sleep and potentially exacerbate feelings of sluggishness and depression.
By all means enjoy digital treats, but as part of a balanced diet of indoor and outdoor activities.