Finding ways to reduce stress can be challenging at any time. Doing so while maintaining self-isolation in a pandemic can just seem to exacerbate the problem. What are some ways that a family can keep the peace will under quarantine? Here are 5 ideas.
Develop A Routine
Keep a daily routine. Set regular mealtimes. Plan when household tasks such as house cleaning, meal planning, and grocery shopping will take place. Keeping a regular routine will give you a structured scheduled time for tasks. Time that is devoted to things that are productive and that you have control over.
Reduce Stress Causing Foods
Reducing foods in your diet that can actually lead to anxiety can help with your overall level of stress. Reduce foods high in caffeine. Those foods can keep you awake and add to your anxiety level. Foods that can give you a big sugar boost can also cause your blood sugar to crash. This constant yoyo effect with your blood sugar gives you a lot of mood swings which adds to your stress and anxiety. Reduce caffeinated beverages, sugary desserts and refined carbs such as you would find in cakes, cookies, and desserts. Think healthy eating. Ultimately, these can help you with both physical and psychological stress.
Make Time For Exercise
Make time for exercise and include the family in it. Go for walks in your neighborhood while maintaining physical distancing. You can get a change of scenery, a dose of Vitamin D from the sun, and good fresh air. You can do exercise together indoors. Please check out my article “How To Exercise With The Kids (While Under Quarantine)” for some inventive ideas.
Assign A Task Schedule
Everyone is in the house and everyone can have some degree of responsibility. Assign tasks even for the kids. Set the table for dinner. Take out the garbage. Even the smallest tasks could be done by a child and give them something to keep them occupied. Tasks give us all things to do that can, even for a time, keep our minds occupied on the task at hand and keep us busy.
Have Quality Time As A Family
Now is a great time to have quality time with family. We have often said in the past that we don’t have time. Everyone seems to have responsibilities elsewhere. What about now? In quarantine, we seem to have nothing but time on our hands. Are the kids doing school work virtually now? Help them with it. Exercise as a family. Play board games with them. Have online calls with some of your family as a whole. Think about virtual birthday parties or occasions. Have everyone involved in the planning. Make it a family affair.
Cherish The Moments
If you are faced with situations currently that you find stressful, try to reverse the course. You may have found times in the past when you were sorry you couldn’t do more things as a family. Now is a time of opportunity. Look at what’s stressful and change what you can. Look on the bright side of having your family close. Take advantage…while you still have that special opportunity.
After years of weight issues, I have finally found the formula of combining healthy food choices, regular exercise and positive behavior change to lose weight for good. Coupled with, exploring self-development, being productive and living simply, I am now maintaining a healthy lifestyle and in a good place. I enjoy writing articles to help my readers to become the best they can be!