I must admit, the coronavirus pandedmic has caught me off guard. As a mother and small business owner I cannot help but worry how this will affect our every day lives. These past few days I’ve been stress-scrolling through my news feed, my eyes gobbling up every single coronavirus update possible, until I thought to myself: There must be better ways to cope with our current situation.
So I sat down and started making a list of all the things I want to accomplish at home (from cleaning out my boys’ closet to re-organizing my kitchen, to creating an efficient e-learning plan for my 8-year old son and last but not least to creating fun activities our whole family can enjoy together).
While I work from home I’m pretty much used to being ‘quarantined’, however, having my entire family home at the same time will most definitely be different and dare I say (?!), challenging at times. But it is important to stay indoors. As a family, we are trying to stay put to adhere to the tenets of social distancing, a public health measure that has been proven to reduce the spread of the virus. Social distancing is something we all should be doing. Below are some tips how YOU can stay sane while keeping yourself and others safe during the virus outbreak.
A friend of mine tagged me on facebook and made me aware that there is an entire universe of free yoga classes on YouTube, and some instructors are live-streaming their classes from home also. If you are not in actual quarantine, I suggest going for a walk or run outside, while keeping your distance from others.
As a yogi I’ve been practicing mediation but I still consider myself somewhat of a beginner. The New York Times has a helpful guide on how to start.
Use this time to really bond with each other. Cherish your time together. My husband had the crazy idea to finish a 1500 piece puzzle as a family together. We started a couple of days ago. We did great in the beginning, the kids were excited and involved until they lost interest but that’s OK! The time they were engaged is all that matters. At the end, it was my husband and I who finished it (which is still great quality time!) while my kiddos got all excited when they saw the American map puzzle all finished.
I’ve been reading a lot and this makes me so happy. Ever since I was a little girl I’ve always been an avid reader. I go to bed at 8:30PM now and allow myself 2 hours of reading in bed. It’s not only soothing but it allows my mind to travel to foreign and unknown destinations while making me feel more relaxed.
Even though we are all facing difficult times I am still grateful. I think it’s important to think about all the things you are grateful for on a daily basis. You can do this in a journal, writing down one gratitude a day, or doodling out people, pets, and other things you’re grateful for in a sketchbook. During these times it’s important to remain hopeful, joyful and most importantly grateful.
Remember that you are not alone. We are in this together. Help those in need and share love.