You might be working from home. Homeschooling your kids. Stressed from being stuck in your house.

A month ago we were all rolling along like we normally do and then WHAM! Coronavirus hit and we’re all in lockdown mode, isolated in our homes. There has been a lot to get used to about our new way of living and some people make the adjustment better than others. There’s probably no group more ready for a break in the craziness than moms who are trying to juggle a million different things during this time. You need a relaxer or something to keep you from breaking down so we’ve got a few helpful suggestions about how to manage during this pandemic.

  1. Have a movie marathon. It doesn’t have to be during the course of one day, you can spread this one out over days or even weeks. You could watch all the Star Wars movies in chronological order (don’t forget Solo and Rogue One). You could do a Harry Potter marathon. Or how about the Marvel Cinematic Universe? X-Men. There are lots of choices here and the good news is you could spread it out over many days as the carrot that gets your kids to behave while they’re cooped up.
  2. Do a social media fast. Do a 24-hour social media fast. This one may sound counterintuitive when we’re all craving social interaction. But give youself a break from Great Uncle Joe’s latest opinions on Covid-19 and all the trash memes going around. For 24 hours, just check out of social media — and instead, pick up a book that you’ve been wanting to read.
  3. Figure out a way to stay active. Let’s face it, there is a lot of time to sit on your butt during this lockdown and since your gym or studio isn’t available, it’s been hard to get after it. Never fear, though, because right now would be a great time to plug in that old treadmill or dust off that old Nordic Track and get your sweat on. If you don’t have the equipment, there are videos you can purchase online to do home workouts. If paying for them isn’t your style, there are lots of people putting workout videos on YouTube. You could follow along with one of those. Anything to stay active!
  4. Start a blog. Why not? Use it to chronicle your time at home during this pandemic. Use it to craft your style or to share your humor. Use a pseudonym and write some stuff you’ve never had the guts to publish. You’ll never know what might come out of a creative endeavor like this unless you try. It could be a turning point for your life. Or a fallow site. Or something in between. It doesn’t matter, just get out there and do something.
  5. Connect with others. Use Google Hangouts to get a bunch of friends together and visit over video. Text some people you haven’t talked to in a while. It’ll do you all good to make some connections to other adult human beings during this time. You’ll laugh together for sure which is probably the best reason to do it. We all need to laugh during this!

Take a moment for yourself! Find a way to relax a little.

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