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So, you have been advised that you and your family need to self-isolate for 14 days to help reduce the risk spreading coronavirus.

14 days can feel like a long time, especially if you are also looking after kids. These 12 top tips will help you get through and stave off cabin fever.

  1. You’ll need to look after yourself! Try to keep a normal routine. If you are used to getting up around 7 and having breakfast before heading out to work and school – keep that up. Get up at the same time each day, eat breakfast and listen to the news or read the paper online before getting on with your day.
  2. Structure fun education in for kids. Try to structure their day similarly to a school day, broken up into periods, such as reading, maths (which you can do with Lego or games) and music.
  3. Exercise! Even if you are used to running outside, there are still plenty of ways you can exercise indoors and lots of different free apps available with home workouts from yoga and Pilates to aerobics and body weight exercises. Try and set a challenge for you and your family with increasing the number of sit ups or push ups you can do each day. Make up dance routines (the kids will love this!)
  4. Get creative in the kitchen. Eat well and make the most of the opportunity to cook things that take a little longer. Hopefully you will have already stocked up and still have some fruit and vegetables available – now is a great time to dust off the cookbooks and try some new recipes.
  5. Stay in contact with friends, family and colleagues with facetime. This is important for everyone – set certain times where everyone in the house can have some privacy and connect in with friends and family online or on the phone. Kids can face time their friends and do activities together.
  6. Get crafty – if you have a pile of mending or sewing projects that you have been meaning to get to - now is the perfect time! There are heaps of free patterns and online sewing and crafting communities online to get you started and give you advice.
  7. Read. Set goals for yourself and your family of how many books you want to read. Get the kids to tell you about the story when they have finished (main characters, how the book made them feel, themes etc), read to younger kids and find out from them what their favourite parts of the book were.
  8. Clean out the back of the cupboard and get organised! Try things on, sort stuff out for the charity shop, or sell online.
  9. Teach your old dog new tricks. If you have an active dog, this may be a challenging time for them too so it is important to try and keep up their mental stimulation as well as physical exercise. Play with them in the house (or back yard if you have one), play mental games with them – like hiding treats and look up how to teach them some new tricks!
  10. Have separate zones in your house and areas where everyone can have a bit of privacy/downtime by themselves. 14 days is a long time to be in one place together. Try to give each other some space where you can.
  11. Listen to music – go through your old record collection and introduce your kids to some old tunes.
  12. Try and treat it like a staycation – try to make the most of the time you get to spend together and enjoy the change in pace from our super busy lifestyles.

If it does feel like it is getting to much, call the Coronavirus Hotline Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398. or The Beyond Blue Support Service offers short term counselling and referrals by phone and webchat on 1300 22 4636.

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