Staying focused while studying at home
1. Establishing a daily routine
Keeping your kids on a routine schedule will reduce anxiety and create predictability. Make sure the daily schedule includes a balance of creative, academic, physical and social activities with clear deadlines for bedtimes and wake ups.
2. Staying social and connected
Providing opportunities for kids to interact socially with their peers will help them maintain connections, friendships and boost their overall mood.
So if your child is at home, give them a chance to connect with friends during their breaks, like they would during recess and lunch at school. Try one of many apps available to support virtual connections – whether it’s FaceTime with grandparents, a Snap Chat 'House Party' or a Netflix ‘watch’ party with friends.
3. Keep active
Our kids spend a lot of time moving around at school each day, so it’s important to ensure that they are still engaging in activities they enjoy while they’re at home. If it’s practical, spend some time outside riding, jogging or walking. It’s worth also looking into some of the many fitness apps available that can ‘organise’ your activity for you. Try any of the below!
Hand washing for Kids
The next time you're cleaning up before meals remember these handy hints:
First, use warm or cold water when you wash your hands.
Work up some lathered soup on both sides of your hands (front and back!), your wrists, and between your fingers. Don't forget to wash around your nails. This is one place germs like to hide.
Wash for about 10 to 15 seconds — about how long it takes to sing "Happy Birthday!" (Sing it quickly two times or just once if you go nice and slow.)
Rinse and dry well with a clean towel.
At home fitness & wellbeing
Health and wellbeing is important, take the time to look after yourself with these great active tips!
1. Stretches in the living room
Whether you’d rather just have a bit of a stretch on your bedroom floor when you wake up or actually set aside half an hour or so every day to do a guided yoga routine. Free yoga and stretching apps you can download include:
2. Gentle lifting exercises
For your arms, why not use tins of tomatoes or fruit as dumbbells? It’s simple: with your arms outstretched, lift your hands to shoulder height or as high as you physically can, if your shoulder movement is limited, returning to by your sides when you’ve reached as high as you can go.
It can be useful to practice breath work or meditation to help manage your head space. The following apps can be downloaded from the app store which teach you how to meditate and complete relaxation exercises:
De-clutter your life
Imagine a wardrobe that’s neat and orderly, where everything has a place...
Well today’s the day? Out with the old, in with the same, but do it differently!
Sift between socks, underwear, shoes and whatever else is lurking in the depths of your drawers and reap the rewards of a tidy and organised bedroom.
Here’s our 5 rules of wardrobe organisation:
- Make your clothes visible
- Is it really sentimental?
- Store your holiday looks separately.
- Pack special occasion items away
- Protect your clothes
FUN & GAMES
Board Game Fun!
Or shall we say bored games? If you're lucky enough to be in quarantine with company, then why not Dust off the games and have some old school fun.
Family favourites may include Cluedo, Scrabble and Pictionary (Monopoly should be chosen at your own risk)
And don't forget about Virtual Games!
There are heaps of games available on the app store which allow you to play with your friends online! Try Words with Friends, ScrabbleGo and The UNO app!
Helping the environment at home
Here's an easy way to create your own at home compost:
1. Choose a place
The best place to out your compost tub or tumbler is a dry shady spot that is close to a tap or a hose.
2. Add compost ingredients
Add your organic food scraps. This includes fruit, vegetables, scraps, egg shells, teabags and coffee grounds. Don't add things like meat, cheese or bread scraps.
3. Add water as needed
Your compost pile should feel wet like a sponge, check it regularly and add water as needed.
4. Keep things moving
Turn your mixture every three days
5. Wait for it to 'cook'
You'll know your compost is ready to feed the garden when it no longer gives off heat and becomes dry and crumbly.
BEAUTY AT HOME
Self-care tips in isolation
Sometimes it's the small things in life that make us feel better so take some time for yourself and create your own body scrub to rejuvenate your skin and leave it with a healthy glow! The best part – you don’t need to go further than your pantry or fridge to create one!
Combine the below ingredients in a small bowl, mix, apply and gently scrub!
Brown Sugar Scrub
Brown sugar is a wonderful natural exfoliant that works for all skin types.
- - Brown Sugar
- - Honey
- - Coconut Oil
You'll enjoy a brilliant glow after using a coffee face scrub. Adding brightness to your skin and reducing puffiness.
- - Instant Coffee Grounds
- - Honey
- - Yogurt/Cream or Milk
Items around the house perfect for dress ups!
- - Lengths Of Fabric or coloured material
- - Hats, Gloves, Scarves for Imaginative Role Play
- - Assorted Bags And Baskets
- - Glasses Or Sun Glasses
- - Silly socks and funny shoes
- - Tablecloth or fabric used for capes or hero masks
- - Old wooden spoons can be used to make a fairy or wizard wand