You've undoubtedly heard all of the news about COVID19, experienced the madness of the bottled water rushes on the stores, and stocked up more toilet paper than you know what to do with, but you might not have been prepared for the statewide shut down of your child's school.
By Monday March 16th, approximately 29 states across the US had declared that the doors of all schools would be closing to stem the tide of COVID19 infections.
There's no guarantee that more states won't follow suit.
That means a lot of parents scrambling for child care and a lot of bored children stuck inside for up to three weeks or more, waiting until this whole COVID19 situation gets under control.
This can be stressful for both parents and children.
As I've said before, stress weakens the immune system so you should try to do everything in your power to keep calm and stay mindful.
If you have children or you are stuck indoors because of COVID19, here are 20 things that you can to do enjoy yourself and make the time pass faster.
1. Read a Book
This one is obvious. I'm sure you have a book or two that you'd like to catch up on. If so, now's the time. Reading will help to take your mind off of current events while also stimulating your brain.
One study showed that reading a novel caused increases in connectivity in the angular/supramarginal gyri and right posterior temporal gyri, regions of the brain associated with perspective taking and story comprehension .
These increased connections "rapidly decayed" after the study participants finished reading the novel but the effects still lasted over the course of a few days.
Do yourself a favor and read a good book or two and see how your ability to see things from another point of view increases. You may even be able to see the COVID19 situation from a different angle.
2. Take Up a Hobby
Have you been putting off your desire to learn how to knit because you "just didn't have time"?
Well now you do!
Whether you're working from home or not, you can use this time of stillness to pick up a hobby that you've been wanting to try out.
You never know, you might be great at it an use it to change the world.