Coronavirus: How to survive a lockdown with your family
So, a lockdown with the family is looming. How do you deal with it? In the midst of Coronavirus, shifting perspectives can be essential. Quarantine and lockdown to kids might sound like an elongated snow day at first, but they can find themselves quickly feeling bored and trapped. Instead of seeing it as a quarantine, what if we were to reframe it as a summer holiday camp - say... Camp Corona. When kids go off to summer camps it is often incredibly fun, there are new rules and a new normal is created! Whether you’re reading this as a parent, a teen, a caregiver, a friend, or a housemate...here are some tips to maintain your mental health during this time.
So let’s introduce Camp Corona, which has a slightly different vibe to your usual Summer Camp...we are going to have to be intentional about creating a new way of being in this climate! Lots of events are being cancelled, things that we might normally love to do aren’t currently possible! Some people are going to be feeling more anxious, on edge, or get cabin fever! Here are some tips to have a successful Camp Corona (consider writing your own camp rules together as a family!)
COVID-19 is impacting all of us in different ways, bringing up different fears, anxieties, or feelings. In your family, there are likely a number of different experiences and concerns. It can be really important to create space to check in with what different people in your home are feeling. Once we have worked out what we are feeling, we can work out what we might need!
Boundaries are really helpful at keeping different parts of our lives separated. You’ll have to think of new time based boundaries to replace the old ones.
As parents, it’s important that you also practice what you preach!
Identifying time based boundaries as a family/household would be a good conversation to have together. When we don’t have boundaries it can feel like our day just blurs into one, which can start to feel draining and emotionally tiring.
We might not be used to spending quite so much time with our family without seeing friends, or going to work! Each of us has a different home life, so it’s important to be aware of yours and others around you. Be intentional about taking care and remembering to help your body relax. When we help our body to slow down, we anchor ourselves in the present.
Without commutes and school drop-offs, these can be helpful times of days to substitute with trying these activities.
I am grateful today for technology. Staying connected to your friends, family, and colleagues is going to be essential for our wellbeing. When we spend time with people we love it releases the hormone Oxytocin (makes us feel loved) and you still need this! So make sure you're checking in with others and having a laugh or finding out how they are managing. This will be affecting people in lots of different ways!
Is Coronavirus the only thing in the world?
Youtube and Netflix have been preparing for a long time for such apocalyptic times - they are ready with an enormous supply of funny videos, documentaries, binge-worthy shows! It can be really important to give your mind a bit of a break from talking about Coronavirus, let your brain relax! Pick a new show to watch as a family, and ask your teen what funny videos they’ve watched that day.
It makes sense to feel a bit grumpy, sad, lonely, worried, or scared about what is happening. These feelings are important, and we need to take care of them! We also need to help our feelings find movement and create a new (temporary) normal! Let’s make sure we take good care of our emotional wellbeing. So enjoy planning ahead for your Camp Coronavirus, take care, play well and be kind to yourselves!