Staying Home? Do Quality Time Right.

January 20, 2021

The speed at which COVID-19 is changing our everyday lives is dramatic, with more and more of us spending time at home.

While PortionPac is open and working hard to supply the disinfectants and cleaners needed to fight the virus’ spread, we recognize that many of our customers may now be under stay-at-home orders in their states.

And though these social distancing efforts are our best chance to flatten the infection curve, the extended time spent with loved ones in close quarters can lead to a new understanding of too-close-for-comfort.

What can you do to stay occupied (and sane) while still respecting social distancing rules?

1) Embrace new ways to stay connected with friends, family and your community.

Many families are banding together and scheduling virtual meetups. Whether through Google hangouts, FaceTime, Zoom, Skype, Facebook Messenger or other video apps, call in to friends and family for much-needed social connections. A long distance game of charades or family talent show may be just around the corner.Need a daily dose of cute? The Cincinnati Zoo has you covered with a daily live steam that brings the zoo to you.

2) Pick a schedule and stick with it!

A daily routine is a good way to take some control back during this time of uncertainty. Recent research back this up with findings that family routines are one of the best ways to maintain social and emotional health, especially with young children. And while important for kids, adults should leave room in their own schedule for things like exercise, quiet time or, just maybe, streaming your next binge-worthy obsession.

3) Stay active, safely.

Maintaining social distancing doesn’t have to mean avoiding the outdoors at all times. Within reason, and if your local rules allow, venture out for some fresh air. Go for an early morning stroll to start the day. Taking advantage of the nicer weather will help keep everyone’s spirits up.

You might even try to eat at least one meal as a family outside, even if it’s just a sandwich on your front porch. These kinds of simple steps can help you appreciate what you can do during this time together.

For more information on COVID-19, refer to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) or your local health department.