Being quarantined for almost three weeks now can be challenging especially for a family. We face emotional, mental and financial stress too. Every family faces different types of challenges, and most of us can't wait for this season to be over.
Along with these difficulties comes fear and anxiety. We feel the whole package of the pandemic. But we need to stay healthy to hold our family together and pull through this rough season. We can do it! Here are some ways that I've been doing. I hope it will help you too.
- Share a smile. It is not easy to smile amidst our worries, but when we try to smile a little, it triggers a little happiness. Try it, and it doesn't cost a thing! A helpful tip is to call a friend and share some laughter. You can help to brighten someone's day too. Sometimes I take a deep breath, smile to myself and say, "Things are only going to get better".
- Laughter. The bible says that laughter is the best medicine. Especially when things are tough, we naturally do not have the mood for a laugh, but it is so necessary to reduce stress. Watch a comedy or a funny video to stir up laughter. Usually, my children crack me up, and I laugh out loud! That's the best. I always feel so much better–a release of emotional stress through laughter.
- Breathing. Deep breathing helps to calm us down. I usually like to sit out on the back deck, or near the window and take a few seconds to slowly breath in deeply and out. Breathing will help you to relax a little.
- Personal time. Make sure you have set aside time for yourself. For me, I enjoy journaling or envisioning with a hot cup of tea or coffee while listening to some instrumental jazz music. Simply calming. Another idea is to turn your home bathroom into a spa-like place for you to enjoy a hot shower or to soak in a warm bath and to relax. Having time for ourselves can ease our muscles and relax our minds and bodies–a great way to destress.
- Fellowship. Relationships with friends and family are vital to keep us going strong. We can stay connected through phone, FaceTime, Skype or other online apps. I love to grab some snacks and a cup of hot chocolate with my kids, and we will chat away. Talking and relating with someone can be encouraging, inspiring and exciting.
- Learn to have some fun. I'm learning to let go and have some fun. My family has taught me to learn to chill. Just enjoy and be present in the moment. Take this time as an opportunity to spend time with my family. We play board games or watch a movie together. I've to remind myself to chill and relax. This moment will pass, so enjoy it.
The bible says in Nehemiah 8:10, "The joy of the Lord is my strength". Take every day as a blessing and maximise the time we have with our loved ones.
Share joy, share the laughter! Stay happy.