Times of crisis such as the current pandemic can cause major stress and fear in the household. It is important to check on everyone’s mental and physical health and as much as possible, stay safe.
As much as possible, do not expose yourself to the virus
Do not be the carrier of the virus into your home. If there is no need to go outside, then stay at home with your family. But if there is a need for you to go on errands or groceries, make sure that you wear complete personal protective equipment from masks and face shields along with disinfectant alcohol.
Isolate and provide supportive healthcare for members who fall ill
It is difficult to be lenient in times like these in terms of illnesses. If a family member gets sick, even if it is not confirmed to be the Coronavirus, isolate them in a spare room for 2 weeks and wear masks around the home. Provide supportive care and over-the-counter medicine for their recovery.
Be willing to talk to your children about it
As the World Health Organization said, silence and secrets do not protect our children, honesty and openness do. Help your child to understand what is going on and why we must follow the protocols set. If you do not know the answers to some of their questions, it is a good opportunity to learn it with your child.
Create a structured schedule
The pandemic has altered our daily routines significantly. This has in effect changed our sense of accountability in terms of following time, it has also changed our way of living life, most likely leaning towards the unproductive side of the spectrum. Creating a routine helps us to set rules for ourselves, such as waking up early and eating breakfast at a certain time of day. This way, at least we can be productive with time.
Be creative in making entertaining activities
Boredom and lack of productivity is also another plague in our homes in these times. Try to counteract this by playing legitimately enjoyable games, either with board games or video games. It is also important to play as a family so that your bond throughout the pandemic strengthens.
Coach Benjamin Mizrahi. Educator. Learning Specialist. Family Coach. Father. Husband.
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