Every week, we’re sharing your recommendations for how best to pass the time during this period of social distancing.
Many thanks to everyone who has filled in our survey already; if you haven’t had a chance yet, please do take five minutes to share your ideas. We’ll get through social isolation/distancing by pulling together as a community and this is a very simple way of keeping each other entertained and connected.
While this week’s theme has been on teeth and hair, we’ve decided to switch it up a bit and ask you about how you manage living with a chronic condition.
Lots of you shared your experiences and here are just a few of our favourites:
Create a solid routine
Have a dedicated schedule for when you are going to work and stick to it. Factor in times for having a break or lunch. Let your family know how important your work timetable is and that you don’t want to be disturbed unless necessary. Spend breaks and lunch times with family so that they don’t feel left out or ignored. Impress upon them how much they are loved even if you are working. Having a balance between work and family life is important. If you have a family pet – use the breaks to spend time interacting with the pet. It needs attention and love too! And it is also soothing and relaxing.
Give yourself a break
Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Break up your day into time slots so that you can manage young children and work. Your children are probably scared and anxious; don’t feel guilty if you need to put them in front of a screen so you can get something done!
There’s just one rule…
Try not to kill each other.
Try to reserve some space
Designate a room, or space, as out of bounds at work times. If you have young kids, make a visual signal, like a flag on a straw, so when they see the flag standing up they know mummy is at work.
Don’t fall into the PJ trap
Always get dressed for work – it might be tempting to stay in your pyjamas, but getting ready for work will put you in the right frame of mind and draws a line between home and work.
Be patient and compassionate with one another, give each other space if/when necessary even by being in separate rooms. Keep noise levels down by wearing headphones, display a polite homemade sign for times when someone mustn’t be disturbed, and don’t shout across the house – use a free messaging app or a paging function on the home phone instead.