The past few weeks being stuck at home is nothing sort of a little crazy, I’ll be honest. In the beginning we were all excited to get projects tackled, cleaning crossed off and ready to binge-watch too many episodes of “The Tiger King” on Netflix. Now, a month later, I think we should really discuss one big thing we should all be doing; building relationships with our kids, our spouses, family and friends.
While we may not be able to see everyone all the time due to being quarantined, we are able to work on these every day through Facetime, writing notes or Zoom to help us stay in connected. What are these five steps you might ask? Let’s take a look.
I’ve shared many times how practicing gratitude has really helped me be a better person both inside and out. Once I get a work out in, the next thing I do is write down 3-5 things I’m thankful for to get my mind cleared and in the right mindset to start the day. This helps keep things in perspective, allows me to cherish the small things as well as the big things and remember it’s going to be ok.
Set Time Aside For Quality Conversations:
While many of us are working from home, homeschooling our kids, attempting to keep our home as clean as possible, and making 3847289 meals and snacks every minute you do want to set aside time to have some quality conversation. If you are living by yourself, set up a time to zoom in or FaceTimewith friends to chat together for an hour or two once work is finished. It’s also a time where I can chat with friends about winter skincare, indoor activities my kids are loving or just how we truly are feeling in the chaotic moment of it all.
Try Something New Together:
I’ll be honest, it can be super easy to just see in front of the TV for hours at a time. However, this could also be the opportunity you’ll take to try something new as a couple or a family together. Try a few games out such as Watch Ya Mouth or Bounce and Toss Corn hole. I share some other fun indoor games together HERE for those that want to check ways to keep their kids entertained. Zach and I have been really working on a 2000 puzzle. Be sure to check out super cheap home date night ideas too like paint by numbers!
Learn How To Be Fully Present :
This has been a struggle for many of us who are surrounded by our phones, the TV and our laptops hour after hour. One thing we’ve tried to do night after night is sit down with our kids and either play a game together or allow them creative play before bedtime. By turning everything off, leaving our phones downstairs, and truly being fully present with our kids and one another, we’ve learned how to communicate better and listen and learn from each other. It’s a great routine we’ve been doing right before bedtime, as well as talking to our kids before bed about what went right and wrong throughout the day.