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How to survive isolation with your roommates, your partner, your kids - and yourself

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https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/mar/17/self-isolation-survival-guide-relationships-coronavirus

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How to survive isolation with your roommates, your partner, your kids - and yourself
By now, we all know that voluntary social distancing is key to mitigating the spread of Covid-19. In the grand scheme of things, lying low for a little while is a small sacrifice to make for the increased safety of all, though it certainly will pose challenges, not least of which being to our relationships.

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Stuck with your roommates

Talking about a potential conflict early on prevents things from getting worse. Be open about your feelings and avoid blame. If possible, carve out private places in the same home so that...

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Just you and the kids

If you're practicing social distancing with your kids, now is the time to readjust your rule structure.

  • For now, it's similar to when you take kids on a plane, and they can watch TV if...

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Spending time with your live-in partner

This is a situation where you have to come up with a gameplan.
Chat about what to do when you get on each other's nerves, and decide on a signal that means you need to cool off separately...

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If you're alone

  • Take on domestic projects, such as crafting, cleaning or making something.
  • Reach out to offer support to others. It's a good way to feel less alone.
  • If you are not sure how ...

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Create a Schedule

Create a Schedule

Line up your day carefully, with set "office" hours. Think about how many hours you hope to work in a day and be realistic regarding what you can actually do when your kid is around.
Make sure y...

Capitalize On Naptime

This is your chance for working without interruption use this time to finish assignments that require your complete focus and concentration.

Separate Roles

If you don't learn to keep your roles as parent and businesswoman/businessman separate, giving each your full concentration for a set amount of time, you'll never feel like you're doing either well.
To separate mentally from the rest of the house, set up an office area.

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Art Activities

Art Activities
  • Basic coloring and drawing.
  • Butcher paper. Unroll it, then let the kids color on the floor. Or put it on the wall if you have room.

Physical activities

  • Dance Party: Turn on music and dance around.
  • Simulate outdoor scenes. Re-create different outdoor scenes in different parts of the house—for instance, a camping scene with a fort in one room and an island in another.
  • Jumping jacks.
  • Bathtub. Just let the kids hang out in there under supervision. They can get creative in there, and the mess is contained.
  • Take advantage of the outdoor space. Use what you have, even just opening the window and making up stories about what you see out there.

Games

  • Stacking toys like Magna-Tiles. the kids will build things and then smash them down. Smashing is the most enjoyable part.
  • Workbooks and puzzles.
  • Variations on Uno

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Communicating with your partner

  • Don’t make assumptions about how the other person feels.
  • Foster mindful communication, especially if you’re feeling scared or upset. Pay attention to your reactions.
  • Accept ...

Open dialogue

Most of us have never experienced circumstances like the current one, so we have to accept that we will all cope with this differently and that’s okay.
Foster open dialogue and try to be as clear as possible with each member of your family or with your partner. 

For the whole family

  • Establish a routine to avoid randomness. Our brains love patterns.
  • We are going to stay inside for a while, so it's best to set family goals and expectations.
  • Designate areas of the house, such as ‘work’, ‘chill-out’, ‘privacy’ and ‘interaction’.
  • Don’t avoid answering kids' questions about the pandemic and what is causing it.