How do we take care of our own and our family’s mental health in times of pandemic? Here are a few tips:

  1. Don’t get obsessed by thinking, “What are we going to do?! How long will it last?!” Think about following sanitation rules in a logical and safe way.
  2. Organize the tasks at home. Everyone should participate in household chores so that everyone stays busy. It will promote household unity, which will make your family healthy and harmonious.
  3. Have fun times with games, funny contests, riddle challenges, charades, dramatizations, etc. Encourage everyone to participate in a time of shared laughter and joy.
  4. Maintain physical activity within the home.
  5. Both children and parents must maintain their connections with family, friends, colleagues, the church, etc. It is time to be present. Social distancing is NOT emotional distancing. Connect by sending a message or a greeting.
  6. It is also time to dig deeper into relationships. Take time to be with your spouse and children. Tell them about your childhood.
  7. Do family Bible studies, after either breakfast or dinner. Take advantage of everyone being together!
  8. Have prayer times with your children.
  9. Maintain a good attitude. Give your loved ones confidence. Tell them this will pass and you will move forward as a family, stronger, more confident and full of faith. Tell them that God will keep them.
  10. Have a scripture verse for this time. Mine is:

So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand

Isaiah 41:10

These will help to care for your and your family’s spiritual and mental health.

Miguel Garita,

Family Care Ministry

Mesoamerica Region

Church of The Nazarene