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There is no doubt that it is a pretty confusing time at the moment, with more kids getting home schooled and authorities advising us to stay home in the name of public health and safety.

While the current climate can be pretty unusual for most of us, we’ve put together a self-isolation checklist to stay mentally focused.

Stay connected

It’s important that during this time we stay connected with others on a regular basis, but that our family, friends, mum’s group or work colleagues. If you’re part of a Mother’s group that you would usually meet with once a week then making the time to catch up shouldn’t stop now. There are so many ways you can stay in touch online, such as zoom, google hangouts or the new app that is taking off called House Party. Remember we are all in this together, so chances are if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed or disconnected, then it’s highly likely others are too.

Hobbies

Filling our spare time with things that will better ourselves is vital for keeping us mentally engaged. As a parent it can be so easy turning on the TV for your kids to pass time however why not encourage them to get creative or even start a hobby together.
Some suggestions may be taking an online course in painting, drawing, baking, dancing and the list goes on. Learning something new or taking on a new hobby is great for kids, not only for their confidence but also their mind.

Move your body

Moving your body everyday is something you should already be practising but making it a priority for you and your kids is even more essential at this time. If you’re limited in going outdoors, then jump on Youtube and get you and your kids to learn a workout routine or even more fun, a dance, there are hundreds to choose from! Another form of exercise for kids is yoga, this is a great skill to learn from an early age as it helps with confidence, fitness, and also teaches them mindfulness, which is vital for kids, especially at a time like this. There is a new online platform called The Karma Class which teaches kids yoga, breath and mindfulness to help them stay calm.

Perfect your morning routine

A good morning routine can set you up for a great day; wake up early, get some exercise in, make a wholesome breakfast and take some time to meditate. During this Global Pandemic it is vital we maintain a familiar routine in daily life as much as possible or create new routines, especially if your children are at home with you. Providing engaging activities for children that will help their learning is also encouraged. Small things like waking up at the same time every school day will also help kids stay calm and keep you focused.

Fuel your body with the right things

Being a parent means that sometimes we’re often eating on the go, so when we do get a moment to fuel our body, it’s good to fuel it with the right things, one of those things being coffee. In fact, research suggests that a reported 75% of Australians have at least one coffee per day, while 47% aim to eat more natural ingredients and 26% avoid artificial colours and sugar.
A new high, performance Ready-To-Drink has just launched from Beforeyouspeak Coffee. It is a sugar-free double shot Cold Press Single Original Columbian Infused Coffee infused with MCT Oil, Turmeric, Siberian Ginseng, Green Coffee Bean and Black Pepper Extract, all ingredients that will help your mind stay on point and focused all day.

What are you doing to get through your day and survive home isolation with the kids? Tell us in the comments below.

  • Yeah, we found having a routine really helped the kids.

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  • We’ve loved isolation! Whilst the kids were learning from home we kept a great routine, when they weren’t we relaxed and littered around the house, played games and chilled out as well as going for long walks.

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  • Routine and having a schedule is a great idea to break up the day and to help you plan ahead. It’s a great idea to fit in exercise, chores and guilt-free screentime so the kids know there will be time for it. For yourself I think it’s good to have 1 or 2 things that you aim to achieve in the day that are actually achievable so you don’t get to the end of the day feeling like you got nothing you wanted done.

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  • Only change for us is working from home. So still just as busy

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  • Jigsaw puzzles and colouring in along with watching TV

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  • It’s actually a little worrying how little isolation has changed my life.

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  • In between trying to work full time, educate the kids and maintain a household there are not many minutes left in the day for me. I have started making an effort to take 5 minutes every hour I can to take my tea outside and connect with nature or do part of a puzzle or message a friend.

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  • putting into test my time management skills – play, office, house and me time. but first, got a couple puzzles and activity books for us and meals sorted for the week. me time means reading a book or caring for my plants. we try to isolate somewhere in the woods if not closed off too.

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  • Great tips to think about

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  • Technology has certainly helped me get in touch with loved ones especially the use of video calling. It’s not the same as face to face but its close enough

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  • a timely reminder – we need to stay active and in touch – but it’s also a great time to deep clean, get creative and slow down and do those things you have always wanted to try from home.


    • I do agree with making the best out of this situation.

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  • We plan every day and we have plenty to do; having a plan and schedule is important. It is an opportunity to get to things done and to take up new hobbies.

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  • all these are so very important. We are making sure to check in on each other and actually ask the question of ‘how are you today’. also making time to get up and move our bodies with some fun challenges.

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  • We still do exactly what we always did – been in virtual isolation for the past two years so, we are not really worrying. I only miss not being able to go to the cinema now and again, but of course there also has to be movies on that we want to watch.

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  • We had a load of wood chips dropped off from the guys trimming the trees. I’ve been slowly moving it into a pile in the back yard. I do about 1/2 hour day as it’s gruelling work. Each morning I look out and I can see just how much I’ve done. It’s a great incentive to keep going. Can’t be spread on the garden until it dries out.

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