Sitting At Home?

Posted Mar 19th, 2020 in Anxiety, Depression, Rhonda Wiersma, Suffering, Helping Others, Mental Health

Are you at home, either self-isolating or working from home or taking care of children? Perhaps you may feeling a bit cooped up, curious what you might do next with the kids or even yourself!

Here are a couple of ideas:

  1. Love your neighbours. Leave some flowers on doorsteps with a note sharing your contact information and if they need prayer, groceries/other essentials, a friendly phone call, posting mail. Another idea is to leave a brown paper bag with a toiler paper roll, hand sanitzer, soap, and a note of encouragement. Do you know a single mom? Help her out! Do you know of someone elderly or sick? Give them a phone call or a video chat. (Further reading: A Practical Way to Love Your (Self-Isolated) Neighbour)
  2. If you have kids at home, Busy Toddler has some excellent ideas that one of our counsellor’s accesses for ideas to keep her toddler entertained and busy. Her toddler loves a water sensory bin.
  3. Do you know of a nurse or first responder? They may be working longer hours. Bless them by making them a meal that they can reheat when they get home from work. If you don’t know a nurse or first responder, see if you can drop off flowers, a note of appreciation, or snacks at your local hospital to encourage the medical staff during this time. Great Gerberas and is having a buy one get one free for their bouquets. Give your free one away to a first responder, nurse, or doctor. 
  4. Do you know someone who is sick (with Covid or just feeling physically yucky)? Get some orange juice for them, bake them a meal, give them a call to encourage them.
  5. Know a single parent? Offer to get groceries for them or other essentials as it will be harder for them to get out. Offer to take their children for an afternoon so they can get some time to themselves as day cares and schools are currently closed.
  6. Feeling afraid? Read through some of these articles:
  7. Crossway has a number of free ebooks, articles, and podcast interviews available for free
  8. Need something to listen to and grow from? Biblical Counselling UK has all their conference audio online for free.
  9. Make something different for supper. Try this baked ziti or sweet potato chilli fries
  10. Here’s some staff recommendations on what to read and watch:
    • For our staff devotions in the morning, we reading through Oswald Chambers “My Utmost for His Highest” and are finding it convicting, encouraging, and spurring some great conversations among staff.
    • Rhonda is currently reading Untangling Emotions by Alasdair Groves and Winston Smith and will be doing a Lord of the Rings marathon.
    • Scott is watching World War 2 documentaries.
    • Valerie is reading “Life Together” by Dietrich Bonhoffer.
    • Glen and his family have been watching Road to Avonlea.
    • Allison has been revisiting old childhood and teen favourite reads, like The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett and Christy by Catherine Marshall
  11. Make sure that you do not spread panic or hysteria over social media. Be careful what you post and say online. Try to show love and sensitivity to the broader, online community.
  12. Know a single friend who lives alone? Invite them over (if they aren’t self-isolating) for supper, play a game with them online, call to encourage and check up your friend.
  13. Start your spring cleaning!
  14. Andrew Peterson will be doing a live reading of his first book, “On The Edge Of The Dark Sea of Darkness,” in the series The Wingfeather Saga.  You will need to have a FaceBook account, and if you do, look for his page “Andrew Peterson” for acess to the live reading that begins Friday March 20 (That’s TOMORROW for those reading this Thursday March 19) at 7PM Central time. The readings will be recorded so that you can watch it a few days later.
  15. Now is a good time to get back on track with your Bible reading plan. It’s a good time to get into the habit of studying and reading your Bible. Take extra time to pray for our churches, our communities, our nation, our world, for those impacted by the Coronavirus, for non-Christians who fear that they will find the God of peace and comfort. Pray especially for the healthcare workers and the first responders as they are the most likely to get sick from this virus.
  16. Get started on a household project that you’ve been deliberating about for this past winter.
  17. If you are comfortable, see if you can gather a small group or another family together to live stream or watch a sermon online on Sunday. Sing some hymns and pray together for our community, our nation, and our world over Skype or Google Hangouts with a couple of friends.
  18. Play some board games with your kids and friends (some recommendations: Splendour, Sagarada, Azul, cards, Settlers of Catan, Photosynthesis, Agricola, Scrabble, Bananagrams, Pandemic, charades, Cranium)!  Have a shuffleboard tournament! Play indoor golf! Build a tower on the stairs with yoghurt containers! Do a puzzle!
  19. Get outside. Walk your dog, geocache, go for a hike, do a nature scavenger hunt, rake up those leftover leaves, plan a vegetable garden, prune those bushes and trees, ride your bikes, have a backyard fire.
  20. Bake cookies and bring them to your neighbours or drop off at a nursing home. Make some applesauce (DeVries Fruit Farms has lots of apples!) and share with your church community and neighbours.
  21. Learn to play a new instrument with the help of YouTube. Brush up on your musical and singing and theatrical skills. Find a skit or write a skit and perform it with your family to other family members.
  22. Learn a new skill like origami, Latin, sewing, painting, plumbing (OK, maybe leave that for the professionals!), knitting or crocheting, bread making, macrame.
  23. Get caught up on your photoalbums.
  24. Clean up your inbox.
  25. Do you know someone who struggles with depression and anxiety during this time? Write them a note of encouragement. Check in on them over the phone. Listen to their fears and show wise love. Send them a Bible verse to encourage them. Perhaps invite them over to stay with you overnight.
  26. Bake something special for dessert. Try these Cinnamon Sugar Popovers or some delicious brownies!