Family Time During Shelter-in-Place Time

Family Time During Shelter-in-Place Time

Most people say they want more time to spend with family. Some may now have second thoughts about that after sheltering in place with each other for weeks on end.

We are now in each other’s space 24/7 and wondering if we can do this one more day.

At first, you may have enjoyed being together as a family all day.

Now you may hunger for your own space for at least a few hours a day, without any sound from the spouse, children and pets. Tempers may be getting short, and patience is almost nonexistent. You may be hearing “I’m bored” from the kids.

If you’re running out of ideas and things to do, how are you going to survive this sheltering in place as a family?

Some ideas to reboot and up your family game are to make a family film, write a book together, have a dance party, work out together, or prepare and cook meals as a family.

Here are a few more ideas:

  • Collect fun items like, books, movies, games and toys that can keep your children entertained and busy.
  • Take a virtual tour of 12 famous museums.   
  • Use or learn new technology like Skype or FaceTime to talk “face to face” with friends and loved ones.
  • Keep a sense of hope and clear thinking; write down things you’re grateful for or that are going well.
  • Enjoy a long bath.
  • Call family and friends to catch up.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration says it’s important to focus on what’s important, not what you’re missing. They also suggest that you:

  • Talk to family and friends about your feelings.
  • Meditate, take deep breaths, stretch or pray to relax your body and clear your mind.
  • Stay up-to-date on what’s happening, but avoid focusing too much on it. It can increase your worry.
  • Try not to watch or listen to the news or talk about it too much around children. It can cause them anxiety and feelings of helplessness.
  • Make sure you’re using credible sources of information. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and the National Institutes of Health are some good choices.
Source: How to Cope with Sheltering in Place,   Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2014