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A Survival Guide to Staying Home

“Stay home!” With the rapid spread of Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), scientists, medical professionals, politicians and even celebrities are pleading with people to stay safe in the comfort of their own homes. And while that may not be a problem for some, others are pulling their hair out trying to find enough things to do to preoccupy themselves. Here are some helpful tips you need to know to help you survive social distancing and a stay-at-home lifestyle.

What Do You Need?

It’s getting more and more challenging to run to the local grocery store to pick up some necessities. We have seen firsthand, a large percentage of people are still hoarding household items such as toilet paper, sanitizer wipes and other cleaning products. While we do not condone this behavior, it is important to have a few items on hand to help tide you over until social distancing is at an end.

  • Non-perishable food items (canned meats, veggies, fruits, etc.)
  • Frozen foods (individual meals, veggies, family-sized dinner entrees, etc.)
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, toothpaste, antibacterial soap, etc.)
  • Cleaning supplies (disinfectant spray/wipes, all purpose cleaners, bleach, vinegar, etc.)

What Can You Do?

COVID-19 has turned the professional world on its head. Many employees now find themselves working either from home or out of work completely. This new home/work environment coupled with the inability to go out and do things can feel overwhelming. During these challenging times, we recommend:

  • Cleaning and organizing your home: Keep your home and workspace clean. Wipe down surfaces, vacuum carpet and rugs, put things away. This may help alleviate feelings of being overwhelmed as well as protect you and your family from COVID-19.
  • Rediscovering old hobbies: If you find yourself with extra free time, consider rediscovering old passions you once had. Read books, play video games, cross-stitch, draw/paint.
  • Finding new hobbies: Being stuck at home is a great way to pick up new hobbies. Try something you’ve always wanted to do but never had the time for.
  • Staying active: The Department of Health and Human Services recommends at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity every day. Stay active by going for walks, riding a bike, doing at-home exercises, etc. Remember, out-door activities should be with only your household members. It is still important to practice social distancing (6 ft) from others when getting fresh air.
  • Taking plenty of breaks: This social distancing initiative is likely to last several weeks. Make sure to take plenty of breaks and not try to accomplish everything all at once.

What about the Kids?

Stay-at-home creates additional challenges for households with children and keeping them preoccupied. You could try:

  • Researching activities: Pinterest offers endless creative activities for all ages of children. Try to find activities that not only entertain, but also challenge your child to use problem solving and creativity.
  • Schoolwork: Consider contacting your child’s school to see if they can offer any workbooks or school projects to continue their education. Many schools are also offering online learning. If you have not, reach out to your principal or teacher to see what might be available to your student.
  • Limiting screen time: Too much screen time is unhealthy for anyone, especially children. Set limits on how long your child can watch television, tablets, phones, etc.
  • Get outside: Enjoy outdoor family activities. Get your household involved in a game of tag, soccer, kickball, etc.

What about Working from Home?

Working from home may sound like a perk, but it can be very difficult for people who rely on structure. If you are required to work from home, consider:

  • Morning routine: Continue your morning routine as you would if you were still going to work. Set an alarm, take a shower, get dressed, put on make-up, etc. This will help create some normalcy and work wonders on your psyche.
  • Workstation: Create a designated workstation. Make sure it’s clean, well lit and as quiet as possible.
  • Drink water: It may be difficult to not snack while working from home. Drinking plenty of water will help you feel full and curb cravings.
  • Taking breaks: Be sure to take plenty of breaks. Do a load of laundry, wash dirty dishes, go for a short walk, etc. This will not only help you break up a long workday, but also give you brain time to relax and recuperate.

Staying home these next few weeks is vital to prevent the spread of COVID-19. By following these tips and tricks, you can create a positive, productive home environment. Be sure to stay up-to-date on what Stormont Vail is doing to fight this virus by regularly visiting our COVID-19 webpage.

It’ll take all of us, working together to make it through these difficult times. #WeTogether will flatten the curve.

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