How to Stay Healthy & Sane During the COVID-19 PandemicMorgan Sigler
Are you feeling a little stir crazy after staying home for so long and watching society as we know it completely transform? I’ve gone through many emotional stages during this process so I’ve had to find things to keep myself sane during this time. We could be in this current state of uncertainty for a while and while I can’t make social distancing go by any faster, I can offer up some ways to take care of yourself and your kids in the meantime. Give your self some grace mama, right now it feels like we could all use some more grace (and opportunities for mindfulness).
Taking Care of Yourself
YOU’VE GOT TO MOVE YOUR BODY
I don’t care how you do it, sister, but you have got to make sure you are moving your body consistently. Go for a walk or run, jump on a stationary bike, or better yet do some online yoga. You find all sorts of free exercises on Youtube that you can do at your house.
YOU’VE GOT TO SET A SCHEDULE
Whether you are working from home or a stay at home mom, you’re still with your kids 24-7! It’s getting old really fast, I know! I just about went bonkers until I figured out some type of daily calendar for us. When you have a calendar, you have some balance of normalcy, and you and your kids know what to expect.
You might think that staying home means there’s nothing to plan, but it’s even more important to plan during these unusual days. It’s not so much about being “productive” or crossing things off your to-do list. It’s more about being intentional with the way you’re spending your time for the sake of your mental, physical, and spiritual health.
MY MORNING ROUTINE
I cannot overstate the sanity level created by having a routine — even if it’s simple. The exhaustion created by decision fatigue combined with the exhaustion created by the anxiety we’re all experiencing right now leaves me completely overwhelmed. My morning routine includes lots of healthy habits that help me start my day positive and productive.
YOU’VE GOT TO TAKE SOME TIME FOR YOURSELF
When you make your daily schedule, make sure you’re putting some time in for taking care of yourself. Gone are the days (for now – remember, this is just temporary) of grabbing a quick bite with girlfriends, heading to the gym, or even going on a trip with your significant other in the name of self-care but that does not mean you can’t take care of yourself in the very deepest sense of the word. You can take 3 minutes to check in with yourself about how you’re feeling. You can take 10 minutes to talk with a bestie over FaceTime. You can take a walk in the fresh air.
Taking Care of Your Children
NEW ACTIVITIES AND CRAFTS
This has been a lifesaver. If you have kids then you know they need constant entertainment and that can be exhausting. Parents are missing the days we can burn our kids’ energy playing at the playground, or taking them to the zoo, reading time at the library, Chick-fil-A play place, a museum, playdates, etc.
KEEP OLD HABITS & ROUTINES
A sense of normalcy has been bringing us peace during this time. When so much of your normal structure is thrown off because of things out of your control, it’s nice to keep habits and routines that you can control to help things feel a bit normal and add structure to your days.
TAKING DAILY WALKS | GETTING QUALITY SLEEP | USE MUSIC TO CHANGE YOUR MOOD