In a few short weeks, terms that had previously been used to describe events happening in other countries and to other people have become our new world. The amount of change we have been subjected to in the past 7-10 days is unprecedented in today’s age. Most of us are now either working from home, unemployed at home, or caring for children who are now without spring break camps and school. We have been told to stay inside unless absolutely necessary and distance ourselves (physically) from as much of our community as possible.
So how do we find a way to do more than just survive in the midst of this crisis? Below are some suggestions for staying sane in all the uncertainty.
Stay productive, but not too productive
Do try to take advantage of any “extra time” you may have to finish or start projects you have been unable to attend to. However, do not feel obligated to fill every hour. Our world moved too fast for most of us before all of these changes and this is a perfect time to slow down.
Interact with friends…just not physically
Skype, FaceTime, phone calls, whatever. Reach out, visit, and check in. Community is important in times like these, and thanks to technology, we don’t have to be in the same space to feel together. Things are changing rapidly and keeping in touch with your community can help everyone deal with the stress more effectively.
There will be more posts on this later, but walks outside (if you are able); at home workouts; or any other kind of physical activity is still important. You don’t need to set crazy health goals or lofty expectations, just move whenever possible in as many ways as possible and get your family involved. Exercise reduces stress along with many other benefits.
A quick example for a fun active game with kids: Twister! The regular game alone is a great active challenge but you can level up by making extra rules like having to stay in a plank formation or hopping on one foot to reach the next colour etc. Get creative and have fun!