Staying Sane During a Pandemic
Times are complicated and the state of the world is scary. Keeping a healthy frame of mind has never been more important for you and for your family. Here are some ideas to keep you sane during these trying times.
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Stay Informed but Not Overwhelmed
While it’s crucial to stay on top of the current situation, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with the abundance of information pouring in from every… corner… of the media universe. There’s just too much and it’s easy to fall deep into the coronavirus rabbit hole. Do yourself a favor and only take in a reasonable amount of news, so you don’t let this situation overtake you. That being said.
Know When to Shut it Off
The news can be pretty depressing and while it’s good to stay in the loop, you don’t want it to overtake your mood. We know at this point we should stay in, we know that it’s the safest thing for us and our family’s. That’s all we really need to know at this point. So shut the news off and be thankful for the blessings you have.
Stay Inside and Be Thankful for Your Family
Eventually this will pass. Keep your most precious assets safe and be thankful for your family’s health. Stay inside and this will be over before we know it.
Get Groceries Delivered
If you have the option of having groceries delivered, go that route. It helps your sanity to not have to go into the actual store and expose yourself to any extra germs. Many grocery stores are now offering delivery services or you can utilize Instacart. If this is not an option, check into grocery pickup. I have actually been using Walmart grocery pick up since it started and it really is a great service. It’s super easy, set up an account with your email, add products to your cart, pick a date, time and location for your pickup. Then you drive up and they load it up for you. Easy peasy and less stress.
Break out the old board games and enjoy some good old fashioned fun. Save yourself some frustration though, and try to make sure they’re age appropriate, otherwise it might feel like beating a dead horse. I’m not sure CLUE will be the most enjoyable game for a 5 year old and it may not be the most comfortable conversation trying to explain why someone might have used a lead pipe in the library. Go fish or Chutes and Ladders might be more up their alley.
Play Dress Up
Because why not?! You’re stuck inside anyways so this is a fun way to get creative. My son’s are all about superheros, so why not dress up as your favorite superhero. Do your best on the attire. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Throw together a blue and red shirt and call it supergirl, your kids will applaud your attempt, I promise. Let them hang out in their capes and masks all day and “save the universe.” I let my son sleep in his PJ masks costume the other day and I’m pretty sure it was the best night of his life.
Read a Book
You know that book you’ve had on your shelf for years that you’ve always had the intention of reading? Now is the time my friend. If the kids are amused and playing in their rooms or if they’re in bed, crack open that bad boy. Escape the current reality and get lost in another wizardly world.
Clean Your Home
There’s no better time than the present to indulge in a good spring cleaning. To be honest, I have also repainted my whole house and have been checking off every household task that has been put off for the past few years. Doing positive activities and keeping busy definitely helps to keep sanity at bay.
Get Creative with Cooking
I get it. Ingredients might not be as easy to come by these days with the hoarding that is going on, but you can look on the bright side and use it as an opportunity to get creative. Open up the pantry and whip up something unique. My father used to tell me about when he was in the military, how they would use ramen noodles to come up with different recipes because that’s what they had available. There’s always room for something new and I’m betting that if your kids are like mine, they would be ready and willing food critics.
Learn a New Skill
Always wanted to knit? Got a keyboard that is collecting dust? How about learning sign language? What about origami? The options are unlimited and the world is your oyster and now you have all the time in the world. Hop onto Youtube and have at it. Who knows, before this quarantine is over you might just be the next Beethoven.
Try Out a New Show
There are thousands of options on streaming services – why not try something new you’ve never watched. Randomly pick something and see if you like it. If it sucks, shut it off and move onto the next one. You never know, you might find your new favorite obsession.
Do Online Workout Videos
Youtube is also chock full of an unlimited variety of workout videos. Whether you like cardio, HIIT or yoga they’ve got you covered. There’s no excuse to not stay active. My boys and I discovered a kid’s superhero workout series the other day, and they are currently obsessed with working out with Spiderman. It’s so cute! This will also help create endorphins and as Elle Woods once said, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands.” A very big positive in the current state of things!
Virtual Zoo Presentations
A lot of zoos are offering live virtual presentations to showcase their animals. It’s a great learning experience and the kids get a kick out of it! We have checked out turtles, armadillos and sea otters so far. Turns out sea otters are the cutest animals on the planet!
Have a Dance Party
Blast your favorite tunes and break out your best moves. This will help the kids get out some pent up energy and help to also keep everyone moving. You know, the endorphin thing again. Why not even try a dance off? I mean, come on mama, you know you can still get down with a mean tootsie roll, right? Go ahead and show you kids how it’s done.
Get Some Fresh Air
While spending a lengthy amount of time outside in public might be frowned upon, exploring your own backyard is not off limits. Weather permitting, hang out in your yard and let the kids play or go for a stroll down the street. A little fresh air goes a long way and is great for everyone’s state of mind.
Have a Wine and Zoom Date
Looking for some female adult interaction? Why not try setting up a Zoom call and invite all of your girlfriends on for a virtual wine date? You can chat about the ridiculousness that is happening in your homes and catch up with your people. Definitely helpful for your sanity and it’s a great excuse to down a bottle of wine. This way you're not TECHNICALLY drinking a bottle of wine alone, so that makes it ok, right?!
Catch Some Extra Zzz’s
Being in quarantine is a lot of things and if you’re a mom exhausting is definitely one of them. After the kids are tucked away in their beds, don’t feel bad hitting the hay at 8PM. Getting some extra rest is great to keep a positive frame of mind and give you a nice refresh. I think this is actually one of the most important things you can do to keep your sanity. So go ahead mama, and catch those extra zzz’s. Your body and mind will thank you for it.
Staying positive in the current state of the world can be hard, but know that this will pass. In the meantime, stay healthy, snuggle your family as much as you can and be thankful for the blessings you have.
What have you and your family been doing to stay busy? I’d love to hear – leave a comment down below!
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