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10 Tips To Help You Cope In Quarantine

1. FaceTime with the family
Make the most of your phone

2. Make some playdough
It’s so easy, and you might well have all the ingredients already.

3. Build a den
Gather all the den building equipment from around your house - we’re talking duvets, pillows, blankets - the whole lot! Maybe you’ve got some old cardboard boxes? The more imaginative the better!

4. Have a film session
Don’t be afraid to turn on the telly (or tablet). Grab your duvet, dim the lights and choose a film. Eat your lunch or tea while you watch. BBC iPlayer and All 4 have got some great films online.

5. An exercise class
Yes you heard us right. Burn some energy… we’re thinking star jumps, hopping and balancing on one foot for the younger ones, older children can pull out some more advanced moves. YouTube will be able to show you ideas that are a good fit for your childrens’ ages, including a PE lesson every morning at 9 am with Joe Wicks (The Body Coach).

6. Have a routine
Get it sorted out, scribbled on a piece of paper and stuck on the wall so everyone knows what’s coming. It can be comforting to have structure, like school, rather than the days merging in to one.
Add on when meal times will be and when you’re going to be doing different activities. You can also include 30 mins of cleaning time each day when everyone in the family pitches in to help out. Pop things like their favourite programme on the list too and if you’ve got one of their favourite foods for tea, jot that down as well!

7. Cut everyone some slack
Let’s be realistic, even your best mate would get on your nerves after a few days of 24/7 contact. So let the little things go. Yep, this is the time when no one mentions the toilet seat being up, the wet towels on the floor, or someone snapping when they’re asked to do something. Things are tense. Let them slide.

8. Spend some time apart
Try and get an hour of alone time a day. Maybe it’s in little chunks, 20 minutes here, 10 minutes there, but try and get 60 minutes. And spend that time doing something you like - not chores!

9. Do something that makes you happy every day
Have something to look forward to. Maybe it’s a bath, maybe it’s a hot chocolate, maybe it’s scrolling through your phone for the ten minutes . Whatever it is, make sure everyone does something that makes them happy no matter how small, every day.

10. Let the telly take the strain.
Don’t be afraid of using the TV to help when it’s really needed.

Further Quarantine Tips

1. Exercise
This can be as little or as much as you want. There is plenty of work out classes now available over the internet. Try Joe Wickes You Tube Live PE Session 9am Monday to Friday.

2. Practice Positive Thinking
It can be easy to fall into the trap of thinking bad thoughts. Try every day to think one positive thought. This will help lift your mood and flood your body with happy chemicals.

3. A Good Nights Sleep
Sleep is important for our emotional, physical and mental wellbeing. Try to keep a good bedtime routine. It can be tempting now school is over (TEMPORARILY) to stay up late and wake up late. This will make it harder for you to adjust back into a routine when school starts again.

4. Keeping a routine
If you take time to think you will be surprised how much of a routine you had when you were at school. Your time throughout the day was organised into neat chunks. Try to keep some sort of routine going. It will give you control when so much at the moment seems out of our control, it will give you reassurance when we seem to have none and it will give you a purpose to the day. It will help you adapt to the changes happening around us and it will lower your stress levels

5. Time to try some new hobbies / activities
Now is the time to try something new or remember things you used to enjoy but have forgotten. Finish that book you started reading, take up painting, listen to some new music, learn to cook, learn how to use the washing machine (help your parents out!), watch a movie, learn a new language, try gardening.

6. Be Flexible
Accept everyone is learning to cope with a new situation. You may have lots of people at home with you, you may not be able to go out and see friends, you may be cut off from loved ones…you may even miss school. Try to be flexible and learn to adapt. Adapt means adjusting to new conditions. Be considerate of others, be patient and understanding and be prepared to help out.

7. Have worry time
It is absolutely 100% understandable that you may be worried right now. Tell yourself it is ok to be worried but NOT OK to worry all of the time. Set yourself a time in the day to concentrate on your worries… more than 30 minutes. Deal with what you can change and accept the things you can’t. DO NOT WATCH THE NEWS ALL OF THE TIME. YOU MAY WANT TO TURN OF NOTIFICTAIONS ON YOUR IPAD/ PHONE.

8. Look ahead to the future
REMEMBER this is a moment in time and it will pass. Life WILL get back to normal. Set yourself short, medium and long term goals for the future. Do you want to travel the world, do more volunteering, meet up with family members more, et more organised.

9. Practice being grateful
This is something we all forget to do because we are too focussed on what we haven’t got. Many people are in need right now. Practice every day to think of one thing you are grateful for, your health, your family, your play station, your friends, your garden, your food.

10. Connect with others
We all need each other right now. Don’t forget to check in on someone each day. We now have a chance to use social media in a good positive way.

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