5 Tips To Overcome the COVID 2021 Blues
With the start of school being delayed by a further two weeks, many learners have mixed emotions. Some have joy at not having to get back into the grind, but also mixed with that is the feeling of despair of missing friends, missing school and
social life. Some relief at not having to face the risks of in person teaching during a pandemic, but also anxiety about what a shorter school year will mean for their education. It’s a tough time. If you are a parent or a student, there are many things you may be feeling. I am feeling them too. We all are. Now is the time to help each other and to extend grace to each other. After months of never ending restrictions, loneliness, and sanitising, it is easy to feel a bit despondent. Here are 5 tips for kids (or their parents) to help do some very small steps to try to survive the restrictions for a few more weeks.
Create a Routine
Spend Time Outside
Find the Good
Create a Routine
A routine actually sets the tone for our mental, physical and academic well-being. This doesn’t mean that you have to plan every moment, it just means to do your best to wake up and go to sleep at the same time every day. When we go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day, we set ourselves up for good mental health. Our body functions better on a routine, than it does with sporadic sleeping habits. Did someone say a quick nap here, a movie until waaaay too late at night, and then I sleep until 11am??... That’s not a healthy routine.
With the closing of gyms, people have been very creative, and we have learned that it doesn’t take a lot of effort or equipment to have a good exercise routine. So, don’t give me excuses… You CAN do it! Here are some ideas of what you can do with no space or equipment… Push ups, sit ups, star jumps, burpees, run in place. All of these exercises are great strength builders and if you do them in a repeating pattern, you can get your heart rate up quite quickly. If you don’t normally exercise, start with 5-10 minutes every day and then keep it going. If you can safely go for a run, do that, but remember to always run with other people and wear a mask.
It may seems like this is something that should be saved for school, but people who read every day (for fun!) do better academically than those who don’t read. Before you tell me who expensive books are, let me stop you right there. There are public libraries all over the city (and country) for those who want to read. You can get a library card for free (you just need your birth certificate or ID book) and you can get a library card. You can check out up to 20 books at a time. The second argument I hear is, “I don’t like reading”... Well, famous kids author James Patterson says, there is no such thing as someone who doesn’t like to read, just people who are reading the wrong books. So, look for books that interest you, and that excite you, and start there.
Spend Time Outside
Exposure to sunlight has been proven to help boost moods, and improve mental health. And we as humans actually need very little time in the sun to feel positive effects. Just a few minutes in the sun everyday has proven positive effects on mood. If you can’t go outside, you can find a sunny window and sit in the sun for a few minutes. If you can go outside, spend a few minutes in the sun every day. This will help to improve your mood.
Find Something Good
This is my tip, it is not something that I have heard or that science has tested, but I think that during this time, with all the negativity, we need to be looking for the good everyday. These times are hard for everyone, moms, dads, kids, everyone. We all need to have a little joy in our lives. Find joy... in the small things every day. Something that we have been doing is talking about what the favorite thing was from the day. It doesn’t have to be that amazing. It just has to be the best of that day. We look for good, we hunt for things to be grateful for, and we remind ourselves of those things, every day. When we meditate on the good, it makes the never ending bad things fade, even if just for a little. And then the day seems more bearable.
You can do this! Pick yourself up each day and make simple, good choices, and gradually things will get better. Hope will rise again, and joy will ignite in your heart.
P.S. If you really want to get a jump start on some of your work for school, Worksheet cloud has posted free lessons for grade 1-9 based on the CAPS curriculum, that you can use to revise or get ahead.
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