Things You can do During MCO by Yourself or with Family & How to Maintain a Harmonious Relationship
In these unprecedented and uncertain times where the MCO has taken effect on a national scale, we have been doing our part to flatten the curve and prevent the mass spread by staying indoors and keeping clean.
We do not know if there will be further extensions to the MCO. Whether you’re living alone with nothing to do, working from home, or living with a family, with all this time left to our own thoughts, tension will arise within ourselves and with others living with us due to the uncertainty. Besides exercise, here are a few activities to keep everyone occupied and get through this period in a more positive and productive way.
Set a new Routine
Whether we like it or not, we first need to accept that this is our new normal. We do not know if there will be another extension of the MCO. We may feel as if things are out of our control and everything is up in the air. To bring more structure into our lives in uncertain times, it is best to set a new routine for ourselves and our families. A new routine will allow us to know what to expect for the day, it keeps our body and mind occupied, it gives us a sense of staying in control of ourselves and our environment. With control, comes peace of mind. We will be better equipped in handling anything that comes before us. So go ahead and set up a new routine!
Take up a Hobby
Have you ever felt like taking up a new hobby or learning a new skill but have never gotten to it due to the lack of time? Admit it, we’ve all been there. Well, with all this time on our hands, this is the perfect opportunity to do just that! Start painting, discover new food recipes, learn a skill to further your career, etc. Hobbies like these will keep one’s mind active and can even act as a source of stress relief. What are you waiting for? Get to it!
Virtual Tours & Learning
Entertainment and learning has been brought to a whole new level with the advance of technology in recent years - virtual tours. For those of us yearning to go out, take a trip, or just look at nature, we are able to do so in the comforts of our own home. If you hope you’re in England and wish to visit the British Museum in London, click here. It’s an interactive virtual tour spanning the ages and continents. If you’re looking for animals, Santiago Zoo has got you covered with LIVE cams of a few of their animals. Google even has a really cool virtual tour where virtual tour guides will take you through the wondrous beauty and hidden worlds of national parks of America. Learn about volcanoes, canyons, caverns and many more! It is not a tour to miss! These virtual tours are a great, visual way to keep you and young children at home, learning new things in a fun and interactive manner. Also, why stop there? Give Podcasts ago. There are millions to choose from and a variety of topics. Anything you could ever want to keep entertained and learning.
Ah, good ol’ games. Whether it’s gaming on a PC, mobile, console, or back-to-basics board games, there’s something for everyone. Especially for those living in families with children of all ages, games can be a good way to pass the time. If there are elderlies in the family, perhaps Scrabble or Bingo could be something fun to do with them as well.
Hold Fun Competitions at Home
A great way for kids to learn how to interact with others, manage their emotions and learn soft skills is to host fun competitions at home. It could be dance, singing, acting, even a bake-off! Anything that you can think of. This will keep the children entertained and even the elderly! Watching their grandchildren practice and put on shows for them would bring a smile to everyone in the family.
How to Keep a Harmonious Relationship
Although humans are social beings, being cooped up in a home with family may get frustrating. On top of that, the anxiety we are feeling in regards to our situation and environment can sometimes be unbearable. It affects us so much that even the slightest mistake from anyone could send you on a tirade. In times like these, we need to remind ourselves that even though the world is tossed upside down and it feels bleak, this is when we need to be most human. We must first and foremost remember to be patient and empathetic. We are all in this together. If you feel frustrated, chances are the rest of your family feels the same. But that doesn’t mean we should all start yelling at each other. Every human being needs to be spoken to with kindness, dignity, and respect, whatmore our own family. No one likes being yelled at or spoken down to. If we communicate with kindness, dignity and respect, we will have a more harmonious home. If you feel as if your temper is flaring, walk away, take deep breaths and calm down. Occupy yourself with something else then come back and handle the situation. If you feel someone else’s temper is flaring, tell them calmly and gently that you will remove yourself and allow them time to cool off. Right now, we only have each other. So let’s strive to keep our relationship with each other as peaceful and as harmonious as possible, and get through this, together.