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Father’s Day – Putting Your Stoma to the Back of your Mind and Enjoying Family Time

With Father’s day this week, it’s important to find the time to relax and spend time with your loved ones. Being able to talk to and spend some quality time with your family can go a long way to making us feel better and less isolated. We know that with the current climate you may not be able to enjoy Father’s Day the way you normally would with a day out or a meal at a restaurant, but this doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some family time. 

Even if you can’t see your dad in person due to travel restrictions or shielding, there are ways in which you can make the day special. 

Ideas for celebrating Father’s Day in lockdown:

  • If you live with your dad, start the day by surprising him with his favourite breakfast in bed. Make pancakes or buy pastries or waffles with his favourite topping, with a hot drink of his choice.
  • Get your walking boots on a go for a stroll in the countryside, enjoy the fresh air, the beautiful flowers and stunning views. Take a picnic and find a quiet bench to sit and contemplate life. Remember, if you don’t live with your dad, you need to keep 2 metres apart.
  • If you or a loved one cannot walk long distances, go for a drive in the car, find some areas you have not visited for a long time and take a trip down memory lane. 
  • If the heavens open in true British style, then why not watch a movie or a new series you can all watch together via Amazon or Netflix. Or find an old family movie you have all enjoyed years ago and watch again….this time with plenty of snacks to hand. Again, this will only be possible if you live in the same household as your dad.
  • If the sun is shining, try cooking a BBQ and give Dad an ice cold beer. You can order the food online or nip to your local shops, nice and early to grab the meats and vegetables you want to cook. Remember social distancing rules apply still.
  • Order Dad’s favourite take-away. Many restaurants are now providing take out foods to either be delivered via Deliveroo or can be collected. An added bonus here is that you can enjoy the food with minimal washing up to do!
  • If you don’t live with your dad, there are always ways to enjoy the day virtually. Arrange a video call with the whole family. Zoom, Skype and Facetime are currently popular platforms. Why not try a pub quiz whilst you are together online?
  • If you can’t get to the shops to buy anything, don’t worry as.you can buy gift cards online. Whether he is interested in gadgets, music, reading or gardening there will always be a voucher for everyone.

 Putting your stoma to the back of your mind

The last thing you want to be thinking about Father’s Day is your stoma. So, this Sunday try your hardest to push your stoma to the back of your mind and focus on enjoying some much needed time with your family.

If you are venturing out for a walk, make sure you change your stoma beforehand to give yourself added peace of mind and feeling fresh. It may be a good idea to stay relatively close to home just in case there are any accidents. Plus, being somewhere familiar can help to put your mind at rest when out and about.


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