The news. Sometimes it is vital for getting information about general happenings out to the public. However, sometimes it can cause widespread panic through it’s embellishment of certain circumstances. Oftentimes, what happens is when there is a big story or headline, it is the only thing that news sources and social media talk about.
A good way to limit the amount of news you consume is to pick one or two sources that are reputable and trusted.Here is a list of some sources that are a good go to for trustworthy news.
- The Wall Street Journal
- The New York Times
- The Associated Press
Another good way to limit the amount of negative news and social media you consume is to set a time limit for yourself. A good rule of thumb is to only allow yourself short, 30 minute windows of time to browse social media and catch up on the news. This keeps you from getting consumed with whatever the hot topic is and holds you accountable. If you have to, set a timer on your phone and when the timer goes off, put your phone down and find a productive activity to do.
Also, consider limiting the amount of times you pick up your phone to look at social media or news sources. Only let yourself engage in social media and news outlets 2 to 3 times a day. This is another great way to keep yourself accountable for how much time you are spending consuming news about COVID-19 and other hot topics.
Activity: Find other activities to do when you otherwise have nothing else to do but scroll through social media or watch the news.
- Create a survival guide full of advice and tips for other people who are stuck at home. Once you finish it, turn it into a booklet or a google presentation to share.
- Include a schedule of activities to do every day
- Tips for overcoming boredom
- How to get along with family members when stuck at home
- Any other ideas that would be helpful during quarantine
(Adaptation: for participants that have difficulty writing or spelling, have them draw/ paint pictures or use stickers to represent their survival guide tips)
- Pick out a few games for a family game night. * make it a rule to turn off all computers and TV’s and to leave your phones on the counter in the kitchen until the game night is over. This will keep you occupied and distracted from wanting to check the news or social media.
- Write in a journal everyday and catalogue your own experience of the COVID-19 quarantine. Then, gather as a family and talk about what you all wrote.
(Adaptation: also a good activity to use drawing, painting and stickers to represent the day and thoughts for participants that have difficulty writing words.)
- Make a good citizen plan. Think about ways that you can be a good citizen at home, in your school and in your community.
- Write a recipe of your favorite meal or snack. Then use the recipe you write to make that meal or snack with your family. *Make sure to do this with parental supervision and guidance.