We hear you – this lockdown stuff is hard. Home schooling is hard. The sense of groundhog day is hard. But we are trying to go with “ when life gives you lemons, make lemonade”. And boy can we all do with some bubbles and fun right now.
Psychologist have been discussing the impacts of the COVID pandemic from a relationships, family and mental health perspective. Some of us are coping better than others. Some of us have embraced this “new normal”, while others are struggling with the day to day. Our approach? You know us...we're opting for kindness - to ourselves, our family, friends and each other – so say hi to that person you pass walking. Drop a note into the letterbox of a neighbour with a funny joke and a kind word. Drop in a meal to a friend doing it tough. Let’s get creative about connecting and coping in this “new normal”.
Here are a few ideas to kick things off:
Dust off your cookbooks and start family MasterChef – everyone gets to pick a recipe to cook and prepare dinner one night – and in our house those that cook, don’t have to clean up
We’ve reinstated games nights – board games are so not boring
Family fitness – bike rides, walking, online workout sessions – and yes watching dad do yoga is a comedy bonus!
Reach out to family and friends daily – whether sending a funny meme, Face Time or text
Plan your dream family holiday – find photos, create a mood board or hop on Pinterest
Family photo night – old photos and videos give hours of fun and laughter
We talk about building resiliency in our kids. This pandemic has given our young people the chance to shine. To think more about the world and their place in it. How what we do has an impact. To think about others. To adapt. To be… This IS resiliency.