We're all in this together. Except, we're not together. This time in quarantine is hard for everyone, but especially for parents managing kids of different ages, school work, work work, and everyday household maintenance.
Stay at home parenting is hard, and being stuck in the house doesn't make it any easier. So we've come up with a few ideas for parents to take a moment to themselves. It is not all about your kids, you are important, too! Some are silly, others are common sense, take what you will.
- Designate one hour per day as "you time" to do whatever, but not attend to other's needs - wake up an hour earlier, take a break in the middle of the day, or unwind at night
- Have regular phone dates, Zoom calls, or text check-ins with friends and family (see more info about Ohio's Strive for 5 Challenge below)
- Talk to a therapist. Vox has put together great information on how to start finding one during this crisis.
- Take a walk, run, or drive around your neighborhood (blasting music in your headphones or on your stereo is great stress relief too!)
- Invest in self-care materials, whatever that means for you. Buy those workout clothes, beauty tools, or stationary set you've been eyeing.
- Cook something new. We've been making ice cream at home with this Koji ice cream maker. Just keep the bucket in your freezer for whenever you feel like making it (you can even use Greek yogurt for a healthy twist).
- Shop small - you'll feel amazing knowing you're supporting local businesses during this difficult time.
- Join or start a book club. Cuyahoga County Public Library has tons of titles available in eBook or audiobook format to choose from.
- Create a bracket for your favorite reality TV shows. Sports aren't on, but maybe you follow Top Chef or the Bachelor. Add a little competition and keep up with family and friends at the same time.
- Write letters - to family, friends, coworkers. Or send mail through local organizations like Love for the Elderly or Upcycle Parts Shop.
- Create something - embroidery, hand lettering, building, art.
- Learn something new - Coursera has 100s of free courses from top universities; or learn a new language (lots of sites are offering 3 months free).
- Exercise! Many local Cleveland companies are offering remote services, like Harness Cycle.
Tips from Courage for Caregivers on maintaining mental health and well-being during quarantine.
Ohio's Strive for 5 Challenge
The challenge is simple: find five people in your life and check-in with them every day for the next 30-days. Ohio's Strive for Five Challenge is a new, statewide awareness campaign to help individuals and families cope with feelings of stress, anxiety, and isolation by connecting with others. You are encouraged to reach out, connect, and comfort each other while we all work our way through the COVID-19 crisis and social distancing. Peer-to-peer support has great power in helping to calm anxiety and fear. By reaching out via phone, text, email, or even a hand-written note, you can help. Find your 5. Check in with them every day for the next 30 days.