Christian organization Focus on the Family has launched a new, free streaming service for families stuck at home during the COVID-19 pandemic while movie and television filtering service VidAngel has decided to extend its free access through the end of April.
In addition to the escalating numbers of victims and patients and its devastation of our economy, the pandemic is disrupting our daily lives in unprecedented ways. Adrienne Heinz, a clinical research psychologist at the Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD, notes: “Our routine is the scaffolding of life. It’s how we organize information and our time. And without it, we can feel really lost.”
As a result, she says, “I’m ... really worried about families. I’m worried about increases in alcohol use. I’m worried about domestic violence. I’m worried about child abuse, because parents are under-resourced.”
During this time stuck at home, it’s all too easy for us and our children to lose touch with the outdoor activities, gym routines, and sports leagues that have been such a significant part of our lives for so long. With parents working from home and kids taking their classes online from the sofa or bedroom, homes have been quickly transformed into bustling workplaces and classrooms. As the boundaries between work, school and personal life are being redefined, we may be too stressed or too preoccupied managing household affairs to think about physical fitness.
But physical health is a crucial part of our overall well-being.