Coping with COVID-19 – Tips for Self-Isolation

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Dealing with the pandemic is challenging in many ways, because there is a lot to concern us all. However, perhaps the biggest challenge is creating a fun and positive environment for your children when they are unable to attend school or spend time with their friends. With that in mind, here are some ideas you can use to maintain positivity and well-being at home during this time.

Healthy Eating Habits

Our diet can have a dramatic effect on our well-being, and as we live in isolation from the world this is more important than ever. It’s so easy and tempting to snack constantly when you are at home all day, but those unhealthy foods can lead to restlessness and cause you to lose focus. Instead, stick to a healthy and balanced diet that focuses on natural rather than processed foods where possible. For snacks, add a carrot, some nuts or other natural items and stay clear of chips, candy and cookies.

Exercises and Strategies for self-improvement

Pandemic or not, exercise is a crucial part of staying healthy, but even more so if you are working from home. Take a walk, do some yoga, or try online home workouts. Each of these will keep your body health, while giving you more energy and focus.

This situation is also a good time to think about self-improvement. If you have more time now, read more, take some online classes, or learn to play an instrument. Commit to doing one thing each day to improve yourself, no matter what it is. You will be surprised how motivating it can be, and it will help you cope with everything else that is going on.

Planting activities with children

Planting seeds is a great activity for your children, it provides a wonderful learning experience as they get to see the seed turn into a plant over time. You don’t even need a garden, because a window box or plant pot can fit into any apartment and give the children something to care for and monitor over time.

Sending virtual cards to school staff

Keeping in touch is one of the more difficult challenges of this pandemic. While the first thought will be friends and family, the school staff; especially your children’s teachers are an important part of life too. Send them virtual cards from you and your children to let them know you appreciate their work. Your children will love it.

Household Chores

Create a roster for household chores and stick to it. No matter how tempting it can be to take it easy with the household chores because you won’t be getting any visitors soon, stick with it. Not only does it keep you motivated, but a tidy home is better for your mental focus as well.

Planning for success

This COVID-19 situation has in many ways been a reset on life as it relates to our perception of the world around us and what we value. It can be a great time to sit down and reassess what you really want for yourself and your family. From there, you can make plans for achieving those goals, whatever they may be.

Essential wellness skills

Here are some of the skills you need to practice wellness at home. Continue practicing them throughout this difficult time, and you will live by them when things begin to return to normal.

  • Composure
  • Patience
  • Gratitude
  • Acceptance
  • Kindness
  • Forgiveness
  • A sense of purpose

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