12 Ways To Keep Your Family’s Spirits Up During Isolation
Staying at home getting everyone down? Here are some fun and easy ways to boost your family’s mood…
Whether you’re stuck in an apartment in the city with young children or you’re trying to balance working from home and homeschooling in the suburbs, the struggle of COVID-19 isolation is real. You feel like you’re on top of it one day and the next day it all falls apart.
No matter what your situation is, try to set aside some time every day to engage in a fun family activity that will lift everyone’s spirits. Here are 12 ideas to get you started…
Make a mood-boosting playlist
Create a playlist of your favorite upbeat songs or follow one of the many quarantine playlists on Spotify. Pump those tunes during chore time or have a family dance party to get everyone’s endorphins flowing.
Take up a new hobby
There’s never been a better time to try a new hobby as a family. Learn how to crochet on YouTube, start a family band, get into scrapbooking, or try your hands at photography.
Have virtual play dates
Set up video chat play dates with your children’s friends or classmates to help them stay connected. Let them free play with their toys or get them to collaborate on a project such as writing a story together.
Play a game
Petit Collage’s What Am I? Game will have the whole family giggling! Players wear funny glasses, place a card on their forehead and try to guess the picture on it by asking a series of questions. Ages 4 to 8.
Want to sharpen your children’s problem-solving, concentration, language and social skills while they’re having fun? PlanToys Foosball Soccer Game will keep them busy for hours. Ages 3 and up.
Go for a power walk
If your kids are getting bored with walking or riding their bikes every morning, challenge them to a power walk. Show them the proper power-walking technique on YouTube and see who can go the fastest. You’ll all be in stitches by the end and you’ll have succeeded in getting them out of the house.
Try a new recipe
Always wanted to try making your own sushi? There’s no time like the present! Or you can get the kids to hone their math skills as they measure and combine the ingredients to make these healthy pumpkin muffins.
Make a home video
Set your phone to record and reenact your favorite movie, put on a puppet show or have a dance-off. My daughters spontaneously created their own yoga video after watching Cosmic Kids Yoga a few times last week and it was just as good as the original! Or, test your creativity and learn how to make a stop motion video using lego people or play dough creations. It’s surprisingly easy and so much fun to watch your creations come to life!
Have a lazy morning and watch movies in your super-comfy HART+LAND family matching PJs. Indulge in a “spa day” and give each other foot massages with Kate McLeod’s Sleep Stone moisturizer which contains calming chamomile and anxiety-relieving lavender.
Write letters to friends and family who are also in isolation. If you can’t mail them, call the recipients and read your letters to them over the phone.
Tackle home-improvement projects
Watch Marie Kondo’s decluttering tips on YouTube and turn your house into a tidy haven. Put together the bookshelf that’s been sitting in a box in the garage for months and fill it with your favorite books. Pull out weeds and plant bright flowers in your garden. If you only have a balcony or a small outdoor space, Gardenuity’s My First Garden Kit has everything you need to grow fresh vegetables and herbs.
Get into coloring
Coloring is a calming activity the whole family can enjoy. Kids love Selfie Clothing Co.’s Color-In Cape. Get in on the action with them or get your very own adult coloring book.
Go camping in your backyard
If you have enough space, set up a tent or teepee in your backyard and roast marshmallows over an open fire. Your children will remember the experience for years to come!
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