3 Healthy Activities for the Whole Family to do During Self-Quarantine

3 Healthy Activities for the Whole Family to Do During Self-Quarantine

Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, many of us are in search for some healthy activities during our self-quarantine. I believe as many do that it’s an unprecedented time at which many families are recommended to stay-in in order to avoid spreading the virus. 

In many States, including my own, self-quarantine is required to all individuals and families, regardless if you have been exposed to the virus. These people should avoid all interaction with other people for 14 days and keep a close eye on the CDC guidelines

Self-quarantine is taking the term “family time” to the next level. We as parents are finding out that keeping a child entertained 24 hours a day is no easy task. 

It is tempting to hand your child an iPad or a phone and just wait it out. While it’s the easiest approach, this is not the most healthy activity during self-quarantine.

However-

Staying active and healthy is essential during this time. That’s why I’ve put together a list of three activities you can try to get your family up and moving! 

1. Go on a Family Walk

Go on a Family Walk

Bring it back to the basics and go on a family walk! As long as you are not interacting with other people, going on a walk is a great activity to try. 

There are lots of ways to make simple walks an engaging activity for the whole family. Here are some of our ideas:

  • Play eye-spy on your walk
  • Go on a “nature walk” and let your child collect new plants and leaves to learn about
  • Gather treasures and then make an art project when you get home
  • Let your child take pictures of things they enjoyed on their walk

Our children are used to running on playgrounds and playing with friends all day. Keep up their physical activity and their curious nature by taking a walk around your neighborhood! A perfect healthy activity during a self-quarantine.

2. Take a Wiggle Break

Teachers in schools have been using this strategy for years, and the time has come to share this with all parents! 

If you type in “brain break” or “wiggle break” into Youtube, hundreds of helpful videos will come up that guide your child through some movement activities. 

These short breaks will get your child up and moving, and it will give you a couple of moments to clean up a quick mess or put the finishing touches on dinner. 

With self-quarantine, it is so important to not get sucked into a video game or show for hours on end. 

Standing up and dancing, wiggling, and stretching is going to help prevent any meltdowns that might be bubbling up under the surface. 

3. Create a New Routine with Morning and Bedtime Yoga

Create a New Routine with Morning and Bedtime Yoga

Breathe in- 

Breathe out. 

Yoga is a healthy activity best during self-quarantine :). It has been found to help kids (and adults) control their emotions, have more stable energy throughout the day, improve mobility and core strength, and relax. 

When my big family is cooped up in a house all day together during self-quarantine, all of these skills come in handy! 

Creating routines helps kids feel safe. 

With that in mind- 

What better time to introduce this healthy activity into their routine than during the Covid-19 pandemic? 

To try this out, you have a few different options. You can try using kid yoga poses posters. Just type in “kid’s yoga” into Youtube, or check out a couple of highly rated yoga kids books on Amazon!

Try These Healthy Activities to Stay Active During Self-Quarantine

Incorporating these three healthy activities into your routine during self-quarantine are going to help you stay calm. But more importantly stay healthy and bond with your family! 

Hundreds of thousands of families are avoiding contact by self-quarantining during the Covid-19 pandemic. We are all trying to navigate this “new-normal” as best as we can. 

Focusing on the things you can control, like your physical activity, will help you navigate this experience with much easier!

From our family at planted.org to yours, please say safe, healthy and positive!

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7 Natural Supplements to Boost Your Immune System

Spring is just around the corner, but that doesn’t mean we should give up on protecting our immune systems, especially with the threat of the coronavirus looming. I’ve been taking extra measures with some natural supplements the past couple of weeks in order to make sure that I don’t catch a cold, and so that my immune system continues to be built up.

With the rise and fall of spring temperatures, our bodies are more vulnerable to colds, allergies, or even the flu. To avoid this, we can boost our immune systems with natural supplements and vitamins! While there are many supplements to help equip your immune system for fighting germs, there are 7 specific supplements that will help you protect your immune system this spring.

Garlic

This may be the easiest thing on this list for you to get your hands on. Garlic is a very popular antiviral and anti-inflammatory food that is proven to prevent common colds and cases of the flu. It is rich in selenium, a compound that can slow down the body’s over-active responses. It is best to consume more fresh garlic while spring is approaching, and you can do this easily by adding it to your meals.

Make sure to chop or slice the garlic, as it will release a compound called allicin into your food. Allicin has been shown to possess antioxidant activity and has antibacterial activities. I love adding garlic to just about anything but have recently loved it with air-fried sweet potato fries.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a classic natural supplement that we should all be taking, no matter the season. It is necessary for the development, growth, and repair of all body tissues as well as being critical for many bodily functions like absorption. Vitamin C is also one of the top immune-boosting vitamins which can prevent common colds if taken daily and not only when you are sick.

Like garlic, you can take it in supplement form, but you can also add it to your diet by adding in specific foods. Aside from a vitamin supplement, you can get Vitamin C from other sources, like citrus fruits, leafy green vegetables, and peppers. I love getting my Vitamin C from grapefruit.

Zinc

Zinc is a powerful mineral that keeps our immune systems working at their peak. It also is a great mineral to take if you want to prevent colds. Now, if you already are suffering from a cold, try using zinc lozenges, they are proven to clear the symptoms in just three days!

You can also get zinc from most forms of seafood and from poultry products as well. I recommend taking a supplement if you do not eat animal products.

Probiotics

Probiotics are live bacteria that provide a variety of benefits to the human body. In recent years, more and more people have been experiencing the positive effects probiotics have on the immune system. They are known to improve gut health and since 70% of our immune system cells are found in our gut, it also boosts our immune system.

Yogurt, kimchi, and kefir are just some of the foods that are rich in probiotics. Aside from taking a powerful probiotic, I make sure to eat probiotic rich foods like kimchi.

Elderberry

Elderberry

Elderberry is another recently discovered holy grail item on our list. Elderberry is a fruit packed with flavonoids, a very powerful antioxidant. Flavonoids are necessary for our immune systems as they can reduce flu symptoms in just three days. They lessen flu symptoms because they are capable of killing different viruses present in the body due to their immune-boosting properties.

Not only can they protect against viruses but elderberry is rich in anthocyanins which are proven to support the immune system. You can get your daily dose of this magical fruit in either liquid or capsule form. I like to take it in liquid form.

Spirulina

Spirulina is a biomass of cyanobacteria that is both safe to consume and an immune system booster. A lot of studies show that spirulina can help users overcome nasal allergies, which is common in this season of the year. Although it may not look appetizing or inviting, research shows that it really helps to strengthen the immune system. Another bonus is that this natural supplement and bacterium helps to lower inflammation on the body.

You can take it regularly in pill or powder form. I love experimenting with different spirulina smoothies.

Tinospora Cordifolia

This herb is very common to India and is only now getting the recognition it deserves worldwide. Not only does it help regulate sugar level, but it can also enhance the immune system functionality. It helps a cell called macrophage to fight germs do not want in our body.

You can take it in pill form or you can brew a tea from stem and roots. I like brewing it myself and adding it to my daily routine.


There you have it, the best natural supplements to boost your immune system! Do not wait until you get sick and take preventive actions now. I have implemented most of these supplements into my daily regime and have yet to get sick this year, knock on wood.

Most of these natural supplements are very easy to find and they can even be taken in pill which makes them easy to take, even for the pickiest of people. Just make sure to consult your doctor before you make major changes to your regime.

If you’re still looking for some tips about staying healthy, make sure to take a look at our earlier post about Things You Probably Didn’t Know about Herbs and Oils

Essential Oils For Great Prices…They Do Exist!

I’m so excited…I just trekked across town (well, not by foot..and technically, I rode along while my friend Aprile did the trekking…but not by foot, got it?) and found unbelievable prices for a huge selection of essential oils. Remember that post about my husband with his allergies and sinus issues? (No? Here’s a refresher) Well, I’ve been talking to so many people about oils and everyone has had an opinion. And then my friend sent me this link of a DIY Shower Decongestant that I decided I HAVE to make for my suffering husband.

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But don’t be crazy. I refuse to pay $100 for four oils (which remain unnamed) ! Jackpot! How do you use your oils and what recipes are your favorites?

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25 Uses for Tea Tree Oil

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Let me tell you about the latest argument in my house. It was this morning. Because of a pimple. Yep. That’s what I said. My oldest son is officially a pre-teen (at least that’s what he tells me) at 11 years old. He plays competitive basketball 7 days a week. He’s sweaty. Every day. He’s wiping the sweat off his face with the collar of his tee shirt. He now has multiple whiteheads all around his nose and chin because he’s rubbing dirt and oil into his open pores. No problem, I said. I can help you, I said. Here’s some tea tree oil for it. But guess what…the testosterone in my house far outweighs the estrogen. They think mom is the crazy lady trying to put tea tree oil on everything from a pimple to a bug bite. (Think about the Windex from My Big Fat Greek Wedding) Of course I got defensive when even my husband called me nuts. I mean…I’ve done the research! Don’t question the knowledge of mom! And I can testify that I use it myself! Why would you doubt me?!! And so the argument went on. But I feel like I won. And I sent them this link from webmd.com to back up my argument. And then I found this list at keeperofthehome.org of 25 Uses of Tea Tree Oil that made me super happy, so I thought I’d share with all of you. And I’ll rest my case. Get your tea tree oil on amazon here and then tell us how you use it…I need more ammunition for next time.

Just A Few Things To Do On Snow Days

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It’s not just #Superbowl Sunday in Chicago. It’s #snowmageddon or #snowpocolypse or as we used to call it…Snow Day! No School! Yay! Whether you love love love looking outside and feeling like you’re living in a snow globe or hate hate hate being stuck inside trying to figure out what to do with the kids, we have some answers for you. Check out 8 Simple Ways for a Fun Snow Day from handsonaswegrow.com. She has some great ideas to make those negative outside temps a little more bearable while you’re stuck inside. And if you are brave enough to venture out, first and foremost, dress those kiddos appropriately and be ready to warm them up as soon as they come in. Hot chocolate never hurt anyone! Second, have some old fashion fun with snowmen, snow forts, and my favorite of all time, snow angels. These 10 Fun Things To Do In The Snow – Outside are easy enough for older kids to even handle without your help. But if you’re feeling like a kid again and are looking forward to making those perfect family pics that we all envy on Facebook and Pinterest, then here’s a chart from popsugar.com for you to check how many calories you’ve burned out there. Bonus!