The COVID-19 crisis has caused a massive disruption in the lives of people. It has not only put public health and people’s lives at risk. But it has shaken the core of every family by affecting their livelihood, work, education, social interaction, recreation, and home lifestyle. Not only has it impacted every household’s health, but it has also compromised their overall well-being.
But at this juncture, your family must have already managed to cope with the pandemic. You have most likely established a particular home lifestyle that you and your family strictly observe. These coping mechanisms have helped your whole household get by or even rise above the crisis.
On the other side of the spectrum, your family might have been struggling up to this day. If that’s the case, here’s how to create a new normal for your family:
1. Set health routines in place
When establishing a new normal for your family, setting health routines in place is the most important. As the global health crisis isn’t far from over, you must foster your family’s health and well-being. Start by eating nutritious foods and drinking plenty of water. Also, be physically active or find time to work out regularly.
Plus, don’t forget to get enough hours of restful and restorative sleep at night. Other health routines include maintaining proper hygiene, practicing self-care, having open communication, observing mindfulness, and practicing meditation.
2. Establish a workspace for each family member
The COVID-19 pandemic has compelled individuals and families to stay in the comfort of their homes. Think of parents working from home (WFH) and children having online education. Consider other family members pulling off their e-commerce business. Sure, the pandemic restrictions have gotten lighter by now. However, you must have already set a workspace for each family member. Make sure you have established a home office for yourself, a study room for children, and a dedicated space for online business.
3. Draw the line between personal and professional life
While you spend most of your time indoors, it can be hard to draw the line between your personal and professional life. However, it’s essential to separate these two for carving a work-life balance. For instance, make sure to schedule your working hours and stick to them when working remotely. Once done with your working house, take time to do your household tasks, spend quality time with your family, or have valuable time for yourself. Ultimately, time management and self-discipline are key!
4. Maintain open lines of communication, offline and online
Communication is more vital during a crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic. For this reason, always maintain an open line of communication at home. Be sure to discuss with your family the personal implications of the crisis, acknowledge the pandemic situation, and help your children process their emotions. In addition, allow them to maintain their interaction with their friends and colleagues online.
However, be sure to monitor their social media use and regulate their digital consumption as they can be detrimental to their physical health and overall well-being.
5. Promote leisure and recreation whenever possible
The COVID-19 crisis doesn’t have to stop you and your family from having leisure, recreation, and even sports. Sure, the pandemic restrictions might have hampered your outdoor fun and entertainment. However, there are several ways to enjoy yourself within your indoor and outdoor spaces.
For instance, you and your spouse can spend time cooking and baking, pursuing home improvements, outdoor landscaping, and home gardening. On the other hand, your children can enjoy making arts and crafts, having indoor games, and playing backyard sports.
6. Continue to observe health and safety protocols
According to a news report, the COVID-19 crisis is here for good. So while the pandemic is here to stay, your family must continue to observe health and safety protocols. Be sure to follow the recommendations set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These protocols include getting complete vaccination, frequent hand-washing, regular cleaning, and disinfecting. Also, don’t forget to wear a mask, maintain social distancing, and avoid crowds when going outdoors.
Consider getting professional home care services if your family members get sick. Ultimately, health and safety will always be a top priority in the new normal.
At this point, you now know what it takes to create a new normal for your family. Consider the valuable pieces of advice recommended above, from setting healthy routines in place down to observing health and safety protocols. Fret not, as several pandemic restrictions have already gotten lifted. As such, we can now gradually go back to normalcy. Ultimately, you and your family won’t have a hard time taking life as it is in the new normal.