Top 5 suggestions for surviving quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic

1. Limit yourself to one hour of news in the morning and one hour in the evening. The mindless repetition promulgated by the national news media only creates unnecessary anxiety and potential depression. Tune out the commentary and focus solely on the facts from reputable medical professionals and scientists. If you are battling cancer and/or are caring for someone battling the disease you already have an overwhelming amount going on daily. Be informed and then move on to something else.

2. Create a schedule. Keep it flexible but attempt to maintain some structure throughout your day. Having a
routine when confined at home is key to fill your time and helps decrease stress. Below is my schedule at
home with two young children.

Kids Schedule

Adult Schedule

Starting the Day

Breakfast, cartoons, get dressed, brush their teeth and hair.

I wake up and enjoy a cup of coffee and breakfast with my family. Then I read the newspaper online for 30 min. and allow myself 30 min. to email friends, family and co-workers. I complete daily chores of laundry, dishes, shower and set up school activities on the table.

School Time

Writing, tracing and age appropriate activity books
Memory games
Sequence Puzzles
Counting games
ABC’s with letter recognition games
Science Experiments
Music and Art
Yoga
Baking
Story Time

School Time with my children. We rotate games and change activities everyday to ensure they are engaged and having fun learning.

Outside Time

We are very lucky to have a backyard. Fresh air and sunshine are key to allow my high energy children the space to run, explore and play.

If you are unable to get outside be sure to sit by the window and soak up the sun. If you have children, play freeze dance, treasure hunt inside, put on some music and dance and/or work out together.

Lunch

Learn With Homer: Fairy Tales Bill Nye the Science Guy

Lunch and personal time for myself to make phone calls, write emails, work on HNC Fund business and relax.

More indoor and outdoor activities such as sports, bubbles, chalk, riding bikes, playing tag and hide and seek. Independent Play. Allow your children time to create, imagine and participate in games on their own..

Play Time with my children. Then before dinner they play together as I make dinner. It is important to allow them time to create and use their imaginations without me.

End of the Day

Shower time, dinner and depending on the day we either play board games as a family or watch a movie together.

After we put our children to bed it is time for my husband and I to connect. We enjoy sitting outside with the baby monitor on to talk and laugh over a glass of wine. We play board games, card games, watch funny shows and movies together. We create date nights at home by cooking new meals together.

It is also my time to work and have business meetings without my children interrupting.

3. Have FUN. Regardless whether you live in a studio apartment or a mansion try and make certain you have some fun each day! Reconnect with loved ones. Read books that take you away from reality. Put on the music and dance. Play card games, board games, paint, or write. Try something new online like Master Class, learn a new language online, find a new recipe, take up indoor gardening, have date nights with your spouse/significant other and watch shows that provide a mental escape like: National Geographic; travel shows; cooking shows; comedies [romantic or otherwise]; newly released movies or documentaries on topics of personal interest. Remember, laughter is key.

4. Stay connected. Particularly if you are ill, living alone and feeling isolated, depressed or in an abusive situation. Reach out to friends, co-workers, family or these additional resources below. You are not alone. If you are battling cancer, create a call, email or text list of people, neighbors or friends that can help support you. Keep your spirits up with positive people and conversation. When I was battling cancer I would sit by the window and soak up the sun. I would close my eyes take deep slow breaths and visualized white healing light going from my head to my toes. This provided me a hopeful and peaceful form of daily meditation.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):  1-800-662-HELP (4357)
National Hopeline Network: 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)
National Youth Crisis Hotline: 1-800-448-4663

5. Remain calm. This pandemic has caused great emotional fear and anxiety for everyone around the world socially and financially. Write out and express your fears then shift your focus to what has stayed the same since the pandemic. Write out three things that have not changed and focus on what is staying the same and the positive benefits of being at home. Try meditation to relax both your body and mind.

We are very lucky to have countless wonderful resources online. Below are several fantastic resources online that I use.

https://mommypoppins.com/
https://blog.prepscholar.com/easy-science-experiments-for-kids-at-home
https://parade.com/1009774/stephanieosmanski/things-to-do-with-kids-during-coronavirus-quarantine/
https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=27+Gardening+Hacks+youll+want+to+know&docid=607992619485368299&mid=BEB9C
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1bR-0XBfcs
https://learnwithhomer.com/library/genre/fairy-tales/
https://parade.com/1009774/stephanieosmanski/things-to-do-with-kids-during-coronavirus-quarantine/
https://www.realsimple.com/…/15-minute-meals-0
https://www.delish.com/
https://foodandwine.com