and what it could be like.
With recent events causing more time spent at home, there are a few questions coming up as to how to cope with it all.
Apart from the usual keeping yourself well by eating healthy foods and not going anywhere near the rest of humanity, there are the everyday practical, mental and spiritual issues to take care of.
If you’re not sure you’ll still have all your marbles at the end of your isolation period, check out these few ideas in case…
It’s all just too Boring?
Well, isn’t work boring sometimes? What about those mornings when you’ve wanted to stay home and get the housework up to date or prepare for a celebration?
Actually there may be lots of loose ends you could be tidying up right now. Have a wander round and make a quick note of jobs you’ve wanted to get around to for ages. Perhaps…
- sorting out the kids clothes
- general tidying up
- taking up the hem of the curtains
and then sort out your notes into a schedule – and if you don’t keep to it, juggle it around until it fits with your mood of the moment.
And there are probably some creative pursuits you would have time for at home. Is the sewing machine collecting dust? Or maybe you learned to knit, bought some patterns and yarn and never got around to knitting those winter gloves or hats. Are you a closet artist? Get drawing!
Maybe you’ve been dreaming about your own business, or starting a blog but don’t know where to start. There are hundreds of thousands of videos on youtube. Get inspired by watching others’ online success stories – although I would add a disclaimer here – not everything you find on the internet is true for you!
And remember to take some action on anything that resonates. Or you’ll find yourself drowning in a sea of overwhelm 🙂
Kids driving you mental?
Children are sponges for knowledge. How many times a day do you hear ‘why’ as the beginning of a sentence? Use the time to learn with them. Try not to ‘copy’ school. Home life is different.
Decide when your own child/children respond best to learning and learn with them. We know, from various tv programmes and social media posts that parents have forgotten – or indeed never learned in the first place – a lot of the stuff that kids are learning now.
Home schoolers have support groups online and your local authority may have some guidance available for your child’s grade.
And, learning aside, how about some fun? The biggest challenge with today’s kids at home seems to be separating them from their devices and screen-time. So, get the board games and jigsaw puzzles out of hibernation if you have them. If not, don’t despair! Get into some traditional games that our grandmothers would have played. They were often fun and educational. I’ll put a link to a handy download of Indoor Family Games below.
If you have a garden, or even just a little windowsill space, sow some seeds with the whole family. Nurturing plants is a joy in itself and you may be able to grow some nourishing organic food. There are some useful gardening posts here so no excuse!
More household chores?
Well, yes, but you have time to do them now. I wrote a quick post about washing up and the pleasure to be found – yes really!
But again, the household chores can be turned into a learning time and also fun. How about either a recap or a new experience in …
- tidying away toys and belongings – adults too!
- putting laundry in the laundry basket – ditto 🙂
- appreciating their space
- baking sugar-free cookies
- putting a meal together
Age has to be considered of course, but with some proper coaching about possible dangers and how to avoid them, children can surprise us every day with their ability, responsibility and creativity and imagination.
My grandchildren could teach me a thing or two in the kitchen!
You’ll have no ‘office’ clothes to launder so enjoy the yoga pants every day. And yoga pants don’t need ironing – Bonus.
Tricky, as money always seems to be an issue when trying to raise a family or simply survive in recent economic times – although I’m not sure it hasn’t always been like that.
It’s about how we respond to the bills and finances generally that makes the difference.
Being at home all day is bound to increase home utility bills but being aware helps. Did you really need to put the heating on that early when there are lots of people milling about generating body heat? Maybe not. And it’s not really necessary to always sprawl on the couch in your underwear. Turn the heating down and put a shirt on!
Washing hands and general cleanliness is of course important, but if you don’t have to take a shower first thing before going to work, perhaps take one later when economy fuel time kicks in, or limit yourself to every other day? Just a thought. 🙂
A small investment in seeds and pots could result in some good food you can pick yourself, as I mentioned before. And getting creative in the kitchen can really help reduce food bills. Find vegan recipes and test them out on the family. 🙂
Keep well and enjoy the moments you can
Indoor Family Games to play at home or away, and mostly for FREE!
This is the fun stuff that children got up to before the days of computers. Bring the whole family together with a fun idea and the little darlings may even switch off the computer game voluntarily!
Using everyday items, and sometimes none at all (FREE!), all 31 games are played without plugs, batteries or chargers.
Pure and natural resources – imagination, creativity and a little energy – help develop life skills while having fun.
Finding the kid in you keeps you young, and, of course, you get to spend quality time with the children without having to dig out the credit card. Just about every game can be adjusted to suit the age and number of players.
Enjoy a whole month of rainy day games you can play in the sunshine. (And it’s super cheap at the moment!)