With families observing social distancing during the Covid-19 pandemic, the temptation to kick back and veg out in front of the telly is greater than ever. After all, we reason, what else is there to do? The answer is (don’t groan) “A lot!” Now, more than ever is the time for us to take care of our families’ health, and it doesn’t have to be an unpleasant chore.
Here are a few serious, and less serious, things to do to keep your family healthy, safe, and financially solvent during the pandemic.
Covid-19: Stay Well, Stay Safe, Stay Solvent
Build Immunity With Healthy Foods
Finding yourself with extra time on your hands owing to Covid-19? Now’s a great opportunity to look at regular family menus and spruce them up with immunity-building foods. Worried about the cost? Contrary to health store fads, some of the best and healthiest foods are already household staples.
For example, did you know that ordinary cabbage is among the healthiest foods to be found? Now, it’s up to you to find ways to make it more agreeable to those fussy kids who clamor for a McDonalds every time they set eyes on a salad! Try your hand at making your own spring rolls, or get creative with a rainbow chicken fried rice recipe.
Turning the ordinary into the extraordinary is the best way to get your family excited about healthy eating.
Get Some Exercise
Going outdoors for exercise could be risky unless you live in a very quiet neighborhood or have a spacious garden in which to play around. But turning into a couch potato isn’t an option you should consider.
Trawl the net for easy home workouts you can do as a family and build exercise time into your daily routine. Even if you’re usually fairly active, finding ways to keep fit together could be the start of a healthier lifestyle, plus, it’s a great opportunity to have fun with those whom you love most.
Hang in There With Social Distancing
Although you’ve heard the same things over and over again, don’t let that tempt you into rebellion. Yes, you know it’s important to wash your hands. And, you are certainly aware the wearing masks could help to prevent the spread of the virus. Don’t lose your basic hygiene mojo just because you’re already tired of hearing about the measures you should take.
Your kids, and you, will be growing impatient of isolation, so encourage WiFi-based video chats using apps like Skype, and stay in touch via social media. Sure, you’d like to get together with friends, but it’s not yet time to celebrate a return to normalcy.
Take Care of Your Family’s Financial Health
Most of us have suffered at least some financial loss as a direct or indirect result of the pandemic. Investigate additional income-generating opportunities to counteract the dent in your household budget. And spare a thought for your parents too.
If they’re on Medicare, they really need some kind of supplementary health insurance. If they say they can’t afford it, you should take some time to look into it. Aetna Medigap rates are well worth paying if it prevents Mom and Dad from skipping necessary medical care because of the cost.
While you’re at it, go through your own bank statements to look for subscriptions you can do without. For example, I found at least ten small monthly payments that I’m ashamed to say I didn’t even know I had. I certainly wasn’t using the services they covered, so I saved myself a tidy sum by canceling them!
Let’s Get Through This by Staying Apart Together
While social distancing is keeping us apart from friends and family members we’d dearly love to see more of, it’s also throwing members of households into closer proximity than ever before. Tempers are fraying and there may be times when it feels like the walls are closing in.
But this, too, shall pass. While life is giving us lemons, let’s look at ways to make the proverbial lemonade. Our watchword? “Stay safe. Stay Healthy. Stay Solvent.”