South Africa’s Covid lockdown has been extended to the end of April due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Many South Africans feel overwhelmed, scared, or uncertain about what lies ahead. Because of the Covid lockdown South Africans are adjusting to working from home (for those who can), as well as keeping their kids safe and entertained while having to stay inside.
Now, I know that this might sound silly to some, but as we are all doing our part to stay at home there’s always the risk of cabin fever kicking in. It doesn’t only happen in movies… I assure you cabin fever is very real and, while we are all staying at home, it’s possible that you can experience it, too.
But let’s not focus on the negative. We want to stay positive, which is why I created a list of activities to help you keep the cabin fever at bay, and, at the same time, help keep your fellow South Africans safe.
For the adults
Working from home is great! But it can get too much sometimes, and we tend to forget that we also need to look after ourselves, mentally and physically, during the lockdown. Here are some activities and tips for adults to help you:
Stick to your routine while you are working from home
Find a comfortable working space to set up. The couch and bed don’t count as comfortable working space. Why? Firstly, no work would get done. Secondly, your back, neck, and shoulders will thank you and not keep you up at night. But, back to the routine.
- Wake up the same time you would typically do.
- Get dressed and get going.
- Make sure to take a break to hydrate and eat. Also, try to set your “office hours” and stick to them to prevent burnout.
Missing your gym sessions, yoga sessions, or early morning jog? No worries! It’s the 21st century, and you can still stay active while you’re at home. It’s called ‘The Internet’, or you can even just use your tv. There are many workout channels and programmes to help keep you in tip top shape. Most people have smart phones or tablets.
There are a lot of fitness apps out there, or you can ask your personal trainer to work out some home training schedules for you. There’s no excuse to not stay active.
Tackle the tasks you’ve been putting off around the house
We all have something that we wanted to do but had to put it off because of “reasons”. Well, now there is no excuse to tackle those household or gardening tasks you have been putting off. You never know; it might help you relax and switch off. Perhaps you have been waiting for the time to hang some family photographs or paint a room.
Have at it! You have the time now.
See your friends (From Afar)
We are human and with that comes the need to socialize. We socialise with friends and family and that’s what keeps us going. As I mentioned, it’s the 21st century, so staying indoors doesn’t mean that you can’t see your friends and loved ones. Use technology and have a virtual braai, or just a group video conversation. If you are not too tech savvy, there are a number of apps you can use:
- Facebook video call
- WhatsApp video call
Get rid of the clutter
“Darling we need to make space” or, “I must take some time and clean out the garage”. Whether it’s the garage, kitchen, or cupboards, now is the perfect time to declutter your home. What makes this even better is that now you can get the whole family involved – tackle the clutter room for room. Donate or sell the items that you don’t need any more as soon as the lockdown is over.
Practice your hobby, or pick up a new one
Practicing or taking up a hobby during this time is not only a way to keep you busy, but also help you to relax and get your mind off things. There is a lot that you can try to do. For example:
- Try out new recipes
- Bake some bread
- Read that book you’ve been wanting to read
- Build that puzzle you haven’t touched since you’ve bought it
For the kids
If there was no Covid lockdown it would have been school holidays now. As parents, we know our kids need entertainment and stimulation while we are all home. When it comes to working from home and taking care of children, it can be incredibly stressful for parents and kids alike. Try to make sure that kids keep to a routine to help them ease back into school when it starts again.
It’s important to keep them entertained and stimulated, and there are a lot of fun activities you can plan.
Create a timetable for each day
Create a timetable for each day by asking your kids what they would like to do. By doing this, it gives them a sense of autonomy. Remember to suggest some balance as well by including structured or chosen activities that are both educational and fun.
This is an example of a timetable I got from justmamma.com:
- Chore time
- The main activity of the day
- Mid-Morning Snack
- Free play
- Naptime / Quiet time
- Outdoor play
- Mid-afternoon snack
- Screen time
- Fitness Fun
- Dinner / Bath Time / Bedtime
Encourage kids to help with chores
It’s important to keep in mind that chores need to be age-appropriate, but everyone in the house can chip in and do their part. Here are some chore ideas:
- Putting toys and books away every day
- Help feed pets and animals
- Help with laundry (sorting out the clothing)
- Make their beds
- Water the garden
- Set the table for breakfast, lunch, or dinner
- Help prepare lunch or dinner
- Helping to pack away the dishes after a meal
- Help to pack away groceries
- Reward them after doing their chores with a currency that they can spend on “luxury” snacks (like chocolate or some crisps)
Keep learning through playing.
There are many activities that you can do with your kids, and it can be overwhelming to pick something. Colouring, arts and crafts, sensory play, motor skills; what to choose? It’s simple really. Ask the kids what they would like to do, and set it up as a structured activity. Some activities like:
- Making playdough (here’s a recipe and some colour and scent ideas)
- Finger painting
- Use items from the pantry like dried beans to teach them to count or do match puzzles.
- Scavenger hunts (like finding 10 things in the garden, if you have one)
- Helping with gardening
- Building obstacle courses
- Having Lego challenges (timed build challenges, or imagination play)
- Building puzzles
- Solving puzzles
Do something fun as a family after dinner
The choices here are endless! It could be a movie night or board games, puzzles, reading; whatever tickles your fancy. Family is important, no matter the situation, so take this time to spend some time as a family and enjoying some much-needed time together.
We’ve recently done a post on how Ozone therapy can help you strengthen your immune system and fight the coronavirus.
We are open during the Covid lockdown, as a medical service, and are offering discounted ozone sessions. Together we can help to flatten the curve and prevent COVID-19 from spreading to our fellow citizens.
If you’re interested in a session, contact us to make a booking. Stay inside, keep hydrated, and more importantly, stay at home.