Become a Master of Adaptability, Tips and Tricks for Thriving While Home-bound

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In today’s climate of turmoil, we are all becoming masters of adaptability. Many people are learning how to function in a world where staying at home is the current norm. There is a learning curve to this process, so be prepared to give yourself and your family some grace during the transition. Initially, it can be shocking, but there IS a silver lining and an opportunity for greatness here. Let’s look at ways to not just get by, but thrive!

Distance Learning and Schooling From Home

homeschoolIf your child was previously enrolled in a traditional school, it could be most interesting to suddenly have them schooling from home. Depending on what resources and systems your school has in place, this can be as simple as reminding your student to complete the homework assigned. Other families find themselves scouring the internet looking for ways to help their students to stay fresh and on track while homebound. Regardless of your situation, there are some things you can do that will simplify life.

First of all, remember this just one season in your child’s learning career. It will pass, and it will not make or break them long-term. Take the pressure off yourself and ease into it as much as you can. School some, play some, repeat. This is a golden opportunity to get to know your kids better. Listen to their music, join in some online games with them, talk about which of their friends they miss the most.  

Second, use the materials provided by your school. In most instances, you don’t need to buy a curriculum because the school will give assignments. Use what they offer and supplement if necessary. If you find you need more, check out the following:

Lastly, remember that each individual learns differently. Meet you, students, where they are and don’t be afraid to change things up if what you are doing isn’t working. Some kids will thrive with a routine, others will just go crazy faster. Some kids need hands-on, others not so much. Mix school into your daily life and pay attention to what works!  

 

Put Sanity First

Everyone is talking about physical health right now. Not everyone is talking about how to take care of mental healthyour mental health. To thrive, we HAVE to make our mental health a priority.  

  • Take time to exercise. Strongly encourage your family to exercise, too. Go outside. Rain, shine, warm or cold, dress appropriately – and go outside.  
  • Plan some “apart time” each day, giving everyone a little quiet time to read or do what they wish in their own space.  
  • Utilize technology to stay connected. Facetime, Zoom, Google Hangouts are all free video chat platforms. Schedule some time for everyone in your house to connect with the outside world, before they feel too isolated. Stay ahead of the frustration here.
  • Go for a drive. Even if you don’t go someplace specific, get out and about.
  • Learn a new skill. This is the perfect time to learn a musical instrument, knitting, gardening, knot tying, cooking, paper crafting, the list is endless. YouTube it, or ask a friend to teach you using FaceTime!
  • Set limits for social media. It can be exceedingly difficult to step away. Still, it’s vital to your mental health to get away from the drama and also for being engaged in real-time.
  • Get plenty of sleep.

If you find yourself suffering from depression or anxiety, talk about it. If you think you might be suffering from depression or anxiety, talk about it. Talk to your doctor and consider utilizing online counseling services. These are challenging times, don’t suffer alone. 

Keeping Busy

play gamesBeing homebound can undoubtedly lead to a giant case of boredom. It’s good for kids to learn how to entertain themselves, for sure. Sometimes though for everyone’s sanity they need help. Have them sit down and make a list of all the things they enjoy doing. Then consider how they might modify things so they can be done at home (using technology or possibly done on a smaller scale). Work together to fill in the gaps. Puzzles, board games, card games, cooking, are all great ideas. Then, when they feel bored, send them to look at their boredom-buster list. If they need a little extra, try some of these:

 

All in all, while this might be a challenging time, it’s also a golden opportunity to slow down. Spend quality time together! Learn to share in the cooking and cleaning, and enjoy working together as a family.  Laughter is the best medicine, find the things that make you laugh and make it a priority to do more of THAT.

Take the time to reach out to friends or family you haven’t talk to for a while, see how they are doing. Check-in on your neighbors. Watch for the various ways our community pulls together. Support local businesses by ordering in when you can, or buying gift certificates.  We could all wallow in the frustration, or we can band together and rise up! The choice is up to each one of us, individually. #riseup