Look after your wellbeing
Louise Pentland’s lockdown tips:
- Rephrase the term ‘stuck’ at home to ‘safe’ at home. It’s bound to be overwhelming at times, especially when you’re responsible for little ones, but when it’s all a bit much – take a deep breath and remember that you and your children are happy and safe and you’re doing the right thing staying home.
- Tidy together. Clean house, clean mind! You no doubt have toys in your work space and notepads in the cupboard, but you can make a game out putting everything away – think Mary Poppins!
- Try to start each day (or at least the weekdays) as ‘normally’ as possible by waking up at a reasonable time and getting yourself and your kids dressed in your regular person clothes. It will help with motivation and productivity to feel like your former, glorious selves!
4. Your kidlets are probably missing their friends and classmates as much as you are, so arrange a video call playdate with their parents so they can connect. My daughter Darcy has virtual dance parties with her friends in the home office – it’s very sweet and wears her out haha.
5. Allow yourself and your children treats – obviously don’t overindulge (do as I say, not as I do!), but I’ve found a mint club biscuit here and there is a winner!
6. Be imaginative with your little ones. Build dens out of bedsheets, set-up treasure hunts round the house and/or garden – they have a real sense of achievement and it’s something you can all do together.
7. Make a big deal of #ClapForCarers on Thursday evenings. Even if they’re too young to understand, you can pretty much guarantee they’ll be happy to make a load of noise for a few minutes! Grab the pots and pans and get a little make-shift band going!
8. Don’t feel guilty about screen time. The #JuggleStruggle is real and all of a sudden you’re supposed to be a teacher, worker and a parent all at the same time. Take advantage of some of the brilliant educational and fun apps and TV programmes out there to give you a helping hand.
9. Set small, specific goals for yourself and your family. It can be something as simple as ‘today we will make a cake’ but following through on it brings a sense of achievement and hopefully, you get to eat some cake!
10. At the end of each day, talk with your kids about something you’re looking forward to doing when all of this is over. A trip to the park, a holiday away – anything to remind yourselves that will pass and we just have to ride it out. We can do this!
Photography credits: Instagram @louisepentland