As I scrolled through Facebook this last, posts are mixed with humor and anxiousness. It’s an uncertain time in our world right now, and feelings are all over the place. People are being forced to stay home who otherwise are always on the go. Trust me, I fully realize how quickly cabin fever can set in, especially in my tiny 1200 square foot home. But I wanted to take the time to share some things with you that I’ve learned over the past year of being at home.
1. Give yourself some grace. I’ve seen so many people fretting about homeschooling their children and having their children home for an extended period of time. Lots of people home aren’t prepared to educate their children. Momma, you’re doing great. Don’t be so hard on yourself. Do what you can do and enjoy your babies. And if life gets too tough, it’s okay for them to play in their rooms alone. Kids need to be able to entertain themselves. Don’t feel like you need to schedule every minute of their day.
2. Get outside. If there’s one thing that can snap me out of cabin fever quickly, it’s outside. Unfortunately I live in the south where it has rained for months. I have, however, tried to take every advantage of sunlight. Go for a walk, blow bubbles with the kids, or just sit outside. Trust me, it will make you (and your kids) feel so much better.
3. Clean up. There’s just something about a messy house that can make me so depressed. Then it becomes a vicious cycle of depression and not wanting to clean. Sometimes you just have to pull yourself together and clean up. Trust me, you will feel better!
4. Take care of yourself. I am the world’s worst at self care. Quarantine life is my norm and it seems if no one sees me that it doesn’t matter, but it does. It makes you feel good when you take care of yourself. Shave those legs, workout, put on some makeup, do that face mask. You will feel better.
5. Relax. I saved this for last for a reason. Sometimes I can relax too much, and I start to feel yucky. I did it yesterday. But that doesn’t mean there’s not a place for it. Rent a movie, catch up on your favorite show, play a board game, enjoy your family, and relax.
I hope this helps you get through this time. If you have any suggestions, drop the, in the comments. I’d love to hear from you!