Everyday, with new developments with regards to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have watched as governments across the world have decreed Shelter in Place orders in a variety of cities. All non-essential businesses are closed, and it’s important for us to stay home, flatten the curve in support of the outstanding individuals who work in the healthcare industry, who are risking their lives to save ours. As each of us will eventually have to quarantine for, at the very least, two weeks, it’s easy to get a little bored and start feeling a little cabin fever. There is only a finite number of shows on Netflix, and if you’re working from home, you will eventually finish your work too. So you have to get a little creative to maintain some normalcy in your routine, while staying inside and doing what is right and best for our communities at the present time.
Health and Wellbeing
There has been a lot of emphasis on our respiratory and physical health, but it’s important to recognize that our mental health can take quite a hit when we’re faced with a situation like this. Some of us may be struggling with loneliness, some may struggle with the lack of physical activity, some may struggle with trying to maintain the peace and keep their little ones calm. Whether you’re quarantined alone or with friends and family, the feeling of restriction can be overwhelming at times. There are lots of things to do within the confines of your home to help alleviate those feelings, and maybe even have some fun during such a strange, frightening and uncertain time.
Fun and Games
Toys, puzzles and boardgames can all be great ways to pass the time, get the whole family involved, and help distract from the constant stream of news. The mornings can be a great time for some exercise, for you and for the family, small, easy to use exercise equipment such as a jump rope, Ab Roller or Adjustable Aerobic Stepper can be great to have in your home for the duration of the quarantine and beyond. Maintaining your physical fitness is a great way to help your mental health. Buying some children’s toys, such as Mini Sketch Pads or some Play Doh to help the children channel their creativity that can keep the children occupied during the day, in between online classes while you’re working from home. As well as a board game like Candy Land, Twister or Jenga which will be fun for the whole family, and can help spark a healthy sense of competition that will help get the good times rolling, during the evenings. If you want your evenings to be a little grown up, games such as Cards Against Humanity or Exploding Kittens. With all these items in your arsenal, the time will just fly by!