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How To Stay Creative And Keep Your Family Sane During A Lockdown

The COVID-19 pandemic has shocked everyone around the globe. We see a fast increase in people who test positive worldwide and how the number still increases day by day. People have decided to stay at home and observe social distancing. 

For both adults and children, fear and anxiety have become overwhelming because of the outbreak. People react differently, and this lockdown can take a toll on our mental health. It is natural to feel stress, anxiety, and loneliness during these times, and staying mentally healthy is challenging to do.  But, while the world is in chaos, how do you stay sane? 

A study published in the Journal of Positive Psychology was about 658 students who were asked to keep tabs of their mental state during crafting activities. The study supports that everyday creativity is a way to nurture positive psychological behavior.

1. Encourage Creativity

School is out, and your kids have to be at home 24/7. School plays a vital role in their well-being and now, home is school. The school gives guidelines for home studying, but the rest of it is still up to the parents. Here are some tips for parents to encourage creativity or something they can do with the kids:

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2. Allot a Family Time

Turn your isolation into quality time. It does not always happen that you get to spend this much time with the whole family. 

3. Carve Out Social Time

One of the things that this pandemic has robbed of us is the chance to spend time with friends – go out for a meal or a drink. Ironically, this is also the time that we need friends most. Here’s how we can still spend time with them:

4. Stay Physical And Take Care Of Yourself

One of the ways to kill time and stay healthy is to exercise. Anything that can get your heart pumping is good for both your physical and mental health. Here are other things you can do to take care of yourself:

5. Discover and Teach Life Skills

Now is the best time to teach life and survival skills to your kids or for you to discover other things that you do not know yet. Here are what you can learn yourself and impart to them:

Above all this, take your isolation one day at a time. Something may not go according to plan, but that should be fine. Try not to be upset when things are unproductive. Try to make sense of the situation. Remember that despite the panic and fear, you are all in this together. Dwell on the things that would matter the most.

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Disclaimer: The information on this website is not intended or recommended for patients or other lay persons or as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Patients must always consult a qualified health care professional regarding their diagnosis and treatment. Mental health conditions are complex, people differ widely in their conditions and responses, and interactions with other conditions and treatments are best evaluated by a physical examination and consultation with a qualified clinician.

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