The world today is cray-cray. With all this COVID Pandemic anxiety causing upheaval in our lives it can be easy to get lost in all the fear and negativity. This doesn’t help our peace of mind or promote any kind of serenity or inner peace.
For those of us with kids forced to learn remotely due to the pandemic, this year certainly looks much different than ever before. And, your kids are likely anxious too because their routine is no longer what they’re used to.
It is okay to take your mind off all the bad news. It is okay to not watch the news this week or take a break from social media. AND it is okay to take some time for yourself and do something fun!
Here are some ideas for 5 fun things you can do to get your and your family’s mind off the pandemic:
- Comedy movie night with your family. Grab the popcorn or other family snack, rent a hilarious DVD, or find one on your favorite movie streaming service and laugh it out. Because, you know, laughter is a known healer. According to Mayo Clinic, “Whether you’re guffawing at a sitcom on TV or quietly giggling at a newspaper cartoon, laughing does you good. Laughter is a great form of stress relief, and that’s no joke.”
According to Help Guide, “With so much power to heal and renew, the ability to laugh easily and frequently is a tremendous resource for surmounting problems, enhancing your relationships, and supporting both physical and emotional health. Best of all, this priceless medicine is fun, free, and easy to use.”
- Game night. Games are fun to play in groups, and there are many to choose from, including the good ole tried and true charades. Gather your family or a couple of friends (keep it at 2 or 3 max maintain pandemic safety) and have a ball. My daughter, Cheyanne, still tells her friends about my famous portrayal of a ‘shark’ while playing a game of charades.
- Create a hiking treasure hunt. Find a nature spot near your home and go and hide some treasures out there. Create hints for the people you invite to find the stuff and give a prize to the first person to gather everything on the list. This is a great activity that you can do with your kids, family members, and friends. And, it gets you outdoors where nature can help clear your mind and reduce stress.
According to Stress.org, “A study by Science Direct found that spending time outdoors can help improve mental health. According to their research, nature excursions can help alleviate feelings of time pressure and mental stress.”
- Cook a special meal and have a family formal dinner party. If you like to cook but never had the time, now is the perfect time to try some new recipes! Choose some favorites, go shopping, and get cooking. Have your family (including the kids) help with the cooking and set up process. Get out the fine china and have a formal dinner party with formal attire and all. This is a great experience for the kids to have and something they’re not usually exposed to.
- Karaoke Night. You probably can’t go out to karaoke right now, but you can do it at home. If you can swing the cost, buy a cheap karaoke machine on eBay & throw up some blinking Christmas lights in your living room. Create a playlist, or look up lyric videos on YouTube. Mix some virgin cocktails, turn out the lights, and let the music take you away!
The thing to remember here is: Don’t wallow in your troubles! Distract yourself from all the doom & gloom. Have some fun! It’s good your mind, body, and spirit!