Quarantine Survival Guide

April 1, 2020

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How To Peacefully Coexist With Your Family

Now that we are all cooped up in our homes together, it can get pretty crowded pretty fast. This is the first time my entire family of six has lived together long-term in quite a while. We have all had to adapt and figure out how to coexist peacefully together. Being a full-time college student, I have multiple Zoom classes each day and have to find a quiet spot in my house to attend. Many of my family members need to do the same. As you can imagine, this takes a lot of planning and patience as we all have to respect each other's time and space. In the past week of being home together, we have adoped a few habits to help with our transition:

  1. Create a schedule. Because we all have so many Zoom meetings and classes, we made a master schedule for our fridge. This way, we know when to be quiet or leave the room when someone else is on a call. 
  2. Give each other space. Now that there are so many of us stuck in the house together, it can be easy to get in arguments. Whenever I feel myself getting annoyed, I go outside for a quick walk outside or go to my room to cool off with a book or some TV. 
  3. Help out! I know we are all super busy with school and/or work, but make sure to assist around the house! Whether that's making dinner, vacuuming, or washing the dishes, anything will be appreciated.

These are a few rules that help my family and me navigate this strange time. What family rules can your family implement to help you do the same? 

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