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Eliminate Tension During the Pandemic

4 Ways to Eliminate Tension in Your Household During the Pandemic

Guest Writing by Emma Grace Brown

Self-isolating is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but it can also lead to high stress levels in your home. And when boredom sets in, it doesn’t take long for tensions to rise even higher in your family. However, there are many ways you can avoid letting negative emotions take over. Below, learn about a few of the best indoor and outdoor activities for relieving tension during the pandemic.

By Emma Grace Brown of emmagracebrown.com

Gaining Perspective

Self-isolating is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but it can also lead to high stress levels in your home. And when boredom sets in, it doesn’t take long for tensions to rise even higher in your family. However, there are many ways you can avoid letting negative emotions take over. Below, learn about a few of the best indoor and outdoor activities for relieving tension during the pandemic.

Practice Self Care

As a parent, a lot of the household stressors fall to you. That’s why it’s so important to start by taking care of yourself. When you feel calm and centered, it’s that much easier to create a stress-free environment in your home. Give yourself some time each day to do something that restores you, whether that’s yoga, reading, journaling or something else.

If it’s not currently part of your self-care routine, meditation is highly beneficial when it comes to easing stress. Not only does meditation give you a moment to breathe and quiet your mind, it can have real health benefits. For example, recent studies have shown that meditation can actually improve your immune function.

Get Fresh Air

Board games and video games can pass the time, but they still leave you stuck indoors. When you’re self-isolating, it’s important to get outside for fresh air as often as possible. You don’t need to break the rules of social distancing in order to venture outside. Visiting a secluded park, taking a nightly walk around the neighborhood or playing classic yard games are all great ways to get outside safely.

Venturing outside is fun, but it also brings a health boost. According to Harvard Medical School, natural light can have a powerful impact on your health. Not only that, being outside boosts your vitamin D levels and encourages you to be more active.

Play Games Together

Practicing self care puts you in a better mental state, but it probably won’t have a direct impact on the level of tension in your household. To help alleviate stress, it’s important to look for activities everyone can do together.

Gaming is one of the best ways to stay entertained while doing something together. There are many family-friendly board games that everyone can play at the same time. When picking out board games, it helps to stick to cooperative games that encourage teamwork. Competitive games like Monopoly or Sorry! might be your family’s favorites, but when you’re trying to reduce tension, it might be best to avoid any games that may bring out the worst in your emotions.

If board games aren’t your thing, why not look to video games?

There are many family-friendly online games that everyone can play at the same time, such as Fortnite or Minecraft. By playing together, you can turn screen time into a family activity. Be sure you have decent internet before you get started so you can all play at the same time without bogging down your connection. For example, upgrading to a fiber-optic connection will give you lightning speed for gaming, while also making it easier to stream movies and work from home.

Start a Project

In addition to getting outside, you can also reduce boredom and stress in your household by finding productive ways to pass the time. Working on a project together is a great way to spend your time, while also bonding and learning new skills together. Try building a birdhouse, putting together a cornhole set or planting a fairy garden for a fun afternoon activity. If you’re feeling more ambitious, constructing a treehouse or building shelves together are also rewarding activities.

It’s common for families to experience greater levels of tension and stress due to the pandemic, but luckily, there are many ways to grow closer while you’re self-isolating. And by taking care of yourself so you can be more grounded and present, you’ll be better equipped to weather family storms when they flare up.

I promote female empowerment through emmagracebrown.com. My mission is to help those who live with self-doubt to realize they don’t have to mold themselves to conventionality.

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