The COVID-19 pandemic has hit everyone hard. One of the hardest things about the pandemic is missing out on fun activities as a family. To help preserve mental health, though, it’s important to find ways to continue as many of these activities as possible. Here are a few tips to help you continue these activities in a way that will keep you and others safe.
Playing on a Playground
Something that many kids have been missing during the pandemic is playing on a playground. For kids and parents alike, the physical activity that a playground provides can be quite refreshing. Unfortunately, social distancing on a playground can be quite challenging. To help overcome this problem, you can go to playgrounds earlier in the day when there are fewer people around. If local playgrounds are closed, you can invest in a swing set for your backyard.
In today’s world, something as simple as eating out can carry with it significant risks. Fortunately, there are ways to spend time at a restaurant without endangering your family. One good way is to eat under a tent outside the restaurant. This ensures that there is plenty of air circulation to help reduce your risk of exposure to the virus.
Although hiking is one of the safer activities you can do during the pandemic, it still carries some risks should you encounter other hikers walking in the opposite direction. To keep your family safe, it’s important to carry masks with you at all times so that you can put them on if you encounter other hikers. If possible, it’s also a good idea to plan your route in advance so that you can take detours to help increase the distance between yourself and other hikers.
Visiting a Children’s Museum
Learning and discovering new things at a children’s museum is a great way for families to bond together. Unfortunately, having a bunch of children packed into an indoor space isn’t that safe. However, if you mask up before heading into the building and then set strict rules about what your kids can and can’t touch, you will greatly reduce the danger of going to these attractions. It’s also important to ensure that you visit a children’s museum that takes your safety seriously by regularly sanitizing high-touch areas.
An important part of reducing your family’s risk of exposure is simply thinking through the potential risks of doing certain activities. Although you may not be able to anticipate every potential risk, planning ahead will greatly increase your preparedness for difficult situations. Above all, it’s important to keep in mind that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and you will one day be enjoying time with your family without any concern for their health.