There’s no doubt that we are in a time of transition right now. Although many of us are still quarantining due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, some have been able to venture out into the world in a limited capacity, as states have started working through their phased approaches to reopening and reducing restrictions.
Although much of the United States is in the early phases of reopening, it’s important to remember that this does not mean that COVID-19 has vanished. We are all in this together, so we still need to take steps to protect ourselves and others. That’s why it’s important to follow the recommendations of health officials, such as those at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on steps to stop the spread, including wearing cloth face coverings and practicing social distancing when in public.
No matter what point you’re at in this process, it is still a more isolating world, and you may be spending a lot more time at home than usual. That’s why we’re offering these tips to help you stay connected, whether your family is going stir-crazy at home, or you are feeling “unplugged” from the world around you and your loved ones outside the home.
Write Something Wonderful
If you have to be isolated from your loved ones, it’s especially important right now to support them and check in with them often!
Technology can help bring those dearest to you together virtually, or you can rekindle the magic of handwriting an old-fashioned letter or card. Either way, keeping the lines of communication open can help you and your loved ones feel less lonely and isolated.
Here are some ideas for ways you could check in with loved ones:
- Sending emails
- Mailing letters or cards
- Calling them on the phone
- Texting them
- Video chatting with them (You could even hold group video chats with family or friends!)
- Staying in touch through social media
There’s nothing quite like curling up with a good book, but it’s even better to do with loved ones!
- Read some books the whole family will enjoy! To make it more fun for everyone, each family member could take a turn choosing a book, or the family could vote on each book selection.
- Make it more fun by reading out loud, or by reading in your fort. (Wait – what fort?! More on that below!)
- To stay connected with loved ones who aren’t nearby, start an online book club with them! Choose a book to read, and then hold a video chat to discuss it once everyone’s finished.
Build A Fort
Set out on an adventure the whole family can enjoy, without even leaving your living room!
- Use your imagination, and the sky’s the limit! Build a fort with everyday household items, like blankets, sheets, chairs and curtain rods. Start by setting up a fort frame, and then close off your makeshift fortress to the outside world by draping blankets over it.
- Of course, any good fort has to have a name, just like our military installations! So christen your fort with a creative handmade sign to make it quarantine-official.
- Throw in a few pillows and blankets for added coziness, plus some snacks and “campfire” stories, you’ll be all set for an afternoon of adventure!
Play Your Favorite Board Game
Enjoying familiar pastimes with family or friends is a great way to stay connected, whether in-person or virtually!
Board games are a great way to have fun as a family while you’re all bored at home! But these days, this isn’t the only option. If you want to stay connected with those outside your home, you’ll find that some board games are also available as apps or video games that allow you to play online with people you know!
(In fact, I’ve been doing this on a smartphone app with a friend of mine. It’s made it easier for us to stay in touch, because we chat while we’re playing. She keeps asking me for tips on how to beat me, and for some reason, I keep giving them to her… I told her that’s true friendship… ha!)
Whether it’s a conventional board game or a digital version, what truly matters is quality time with your loved ones, so get out your favorite game and start playing!
Repurpose Old Items
What was old really can be made new again! Transform everyday household objects with crafty brainstorming and a few supplies.
We all have household items that are broken, disposable or simply no longer needed. Why not get creative and brainstorm with your family about how to repurpose them?
Jelly, pickle and mason jars are popular choices for projects like this. Once they’re empty, wash them out and remove their labels. They make great flower vases, pen holders or piggy banks.
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If you try or have tried any of these tips, please comment below and let us know what you did! We’d also love to know what other tips you have to share.
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