Stuck at Home? Resources for Self Isolation

Stuck at Home? Resources for Self Isolation

This has been one heck of a week, folks. Within one week, our daily lives have been turned upside down. I started homeschooling (homeschooling!) my pre-schooler today.  BTW, that is a phrase that I never thought I would use!

I know that many of you are at home now and trying to figure out how to move forward. I have some tips for you as well as links and resources for ways to stay busy and productive during quarantine.

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Please remember that I am here to help! If you need more assistance or specific questions, do not hesitate to e-mail me today!

Resources for Parents & Teens During Self-Isolation

Keep a Schedule

While it’s tempting to stay in your jammies and sleep in super late during self-isolation, it’s not a good idea. Instead, keep a schedule, get up at a decent hour, and get dressed. Try to stick to your regular schedule as much as possible. (Listen, I know our schedules are all weird right now.) For kids and teens, set aside a few hours each day for school or academic activities. (See below for more!)

You may have seen this schedule on the Internet. I loved it and made a version that fits my family. You can easily do the same thing for your family. Just a few notes – keep the schedule flexible and mix up activities fairly often.

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Stay Sharp

This is also not the time to let your brain turn into a pile of goo. Some schools have sent students home with concrete plans for the unexpected break. But not all schools have done that! 

For teens stuck at home, I highly recommend Khan Academy. There are courses in all the main academic subjects and it is FREE. Khan Academy also has awesome personalized PSAT/ SAT prep. This would work for any high schooler. Here are some other links:

If teens are taking an AP or IB course, use this time to start reviewing for the end-of-year exams. (Those exams may get moved, but neither organization has made any changes yet.)

Activities

I have some more ideas to keep yourself and family members busy during our self-isolation.

Read!

Photo by Christin Hume on Unsplash

Lordy, I love to read! Curl up with a good book and lose yourself in another place or time. Fall in love with books during self-isolation!

Most libraries in the US have extensive e-book collections. Get the Libby app and start downloading today. If you don’t have a library card, see if a friend or family member will let you use theirs. My library system even lets you register for a card online.

I have some book suggestions that work for teens and adults. Check them here and here!

Take Care of Your Health

This is a very strange time. The constant bad news can overwhelm you. Take time away from your phone and CNN. Take a walk outside. If the weather isn’t nice enough, at least open your curtains and try to stand in the sunshine. Have a dance party in the living room. Call (yes, call!) friends and family to check-in.

While we can’t do a lot right now, there are things we can do. And being able to do something can help anxiety and fear. Create that schedule I mention above. Find 4 recipes (with basic ingredients) you can make and write a shopping list. This post from Budget Bytes might help with ideas! Clean out your closets. Just do something.

Resources for Parents

Resources for Students

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And please remember to wash your hands.


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