Quarantine Is HARD
Most people are losing their minds to something I’d like to call, Quarantine Blues. Within the year, I have been feeling a kind of heavy, depressed and an overall blah attitude and I just did not really understand it.
At the beginning of this pandemic, we have had to barrow within our homes and watch the days drag and numbers climb. As the sirens of ambulances rang along the streets; I now always try to stop what i am doing pray. I worry constantly: as a mother, for myself and my family. I worry about my financial situation, healthcare, justice, among so many other things.
So I am calling this period in my life the Quarantine Blues and if you keep on reading, you would understand and see how I am able to keep moving forward and always try to see the positive in every second of the day.
I finally was able to do what I needed to do; so I started preparing myself to join the work field. With two children, I needed the income and I was ready to take on more responsibility because that was what was needed.
Getting up in the morning, having somewhere to go, having an agenda and goals made me feel good. It gave me a plan and a vision and I thought I had a clear cut path. But then Covid came and that path became just that much farther.
Soon after that, my older sons school went remote and my younger son was diagnosis with Autism. The rabbit hole was ever so dark with all that was happening around us.
I knew things were not going to be the same for a while, so I buckled up and did what I had to do. Especially in the beginning months because no one knew much of anything and the unknown was scary.
Things I Did To Help Pass The Time With My Boys-
1- Get your children involved in as many arts and crafts as you can! I went through so much different types of paper, it was remarkable! Try to get them to copy you or use tracing paper to help your child. I would have the teacher send me worksheets so that my oldest can do all the tracing and coloring he can have.
Also, use this time to use scissors and glue sticks so that they can develop eye – hand coordination and their imagination. It can also can get children into colors, shapes and numbers!
2- I know the key is to not let them have screen time but let’s face it, quarantine left many more hours in the day to fill in and our kids get bored, like amazingly fast. So put them on shows that are fun AND educational. Give them shows that have them entertained but also show moral and causes and effects.
My son Zach has become so much more verbal during quarantine it has amazed me. He would watch the shows like Little Baby Bum (Original or the learning songs one) or Leap Frog (Number Land or Letter Factory) over and over again. These were a couple of shows that became an awesome learning tool in his life the beginning of quarantine.
If your child naturally are not into screen time, great!! Have the songs themselves rocking in the background, while they are playing, doing activities or when they are relaxing. Either way they will be rocking and swinging their bodies all day long!
3– Make a special place for them. My apartment is way to small but I would build tents. Currently we have a bunk bed turned tent now that is used when they need some space. Use your imagination and you and your kid can have a small slice of space in no time!
So if you are blessed with even a small corner that can be used, give it to your child. Give them the chance to dress it up, decorate it how they want to and let it become their quiet downtime corner from when they need space or time.
4- Music is an excellent way to get them moving and smiling, clearly lightening the mood. Quarantine can cause you feel down-and-out, even if you do not understand why. Music has the ability to change your vibe and get your into a happy place.
Your kids will love getting into dance battles with you or they would be happy just stepping on your feet while you sway left or right. Get your kids into it, cardio is still very much important!
5- Walks can save your sanity! Okay, so we all really want to be out and about but the reality is, we can not. During certain times of the day I take my boys on a walk. Vitamin D is very important and also, humans are NOT made to hide in the dark because if we were, we would not need to soak up the sun shine, am I right?
So figure out the best times within your neighborhood and get some fresh air, you and your children deserve it!
So OVER It
I think at this point I can honestly say with utterly conviction that, I am so over it!
But as you know, it isn’t as simple as that and the story isn’t really over, is it?
I have been doing everything in my being, keeping my boys as unaffected by quarantine as possible. As it already affected school and therapy plans, my plans is to make it as easy and fun as possible and I think to myself: so far, so good!
So as we have ventured on the journey of remote learning and rearranging schedules to help keep things organized, one thing I can say is, the juggle game is strong and I am going to talk about it in my next article: Quarantine Blues: Nothing Like The Present. So stay tuned and watch out for it!
Keep Being AMAZING!!
Author’s Note: Thank you for taking the time to read and hopefully drop a comment, message, question, opinion, experience and/or start a discussion! I am incredibly grateful for you all and just wanted to remind everyone to LOVE YOURSELF, for always forever and a day!