Yep, New Zealand once again is in the midst of dealing with Covid 19. We’ve been there, done that, and I’ve no doubt we’ll do it again this time. But the inevitable stresses and strains that this brings can’t be avoided all the time.
The pressures of juggling work, chores, and your kids’ school schedules while under alert levels can seem overwhelming. With the whole family occupying the same space day after day, the news and internet never stopping, social media full of rumours, the strain can seem unrelenting.
But, there are things you can do to take care of yourself, have some fun, destress and retain your sanity!
Look after yourself
You know the story, put your own mask on before helping others. Self-care during the pandemic isn’t a luxury—it’s essential. You could be feeling like you’re being pulled in every possible direction right now, and can barely take care of your basic needs, let alone relax. But it’s important not to neglect yourself. Remember, you can’t fill from an empty cup. The better you take care of your own needs, the better equipped you’ll be to deal with the stresses and strains.
Make time to laugh.
There’s certainly a lot of fear and heartbreak in the world right now, but there are also still chances to share a laugh and enjoy some lighthearted relief. Try to create opportunities for fun with your family. Build a pillow fort in the living room and tell ghost stories or look at old scrapbooks together. Roast marshmallows over the stove.
Get creative with lessons.
As well as having to work from home and run the household, you’re likely also trying to keep your kids on track with their virtual schoolwork. The coronavirus pandemic has thrown many of us into the role of de facto home school teacher.
In addition to all your other responsibilities, no doubt you are at your wits end trying to find new ways to entertain the children or helping them with assignments, especially if they’re in different grades.
DON’T WORRY! We have your back, cause that is what love and caring is all about.
Doing a science experiment, for example can be a good way of bringing lessons to life.
They are heaps of fun, you can do them anytime really and have a laugh with the family. The sneaky thing is though, there is science behind them, you’ll be the fountain of knowledge and they’ll never know!!
To get you started, try some of the ideas in this link -
Wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands!!