1. Keep a Schedule
It’s easy to see this time as a vacation where you can stay up late and sleep in even later. While that’s fun for a while, it gets old and it can take a huge toll on your mental health. Whether you’ve got work to do from home or not, it’s important to create and stick with a daily schedule. Try scheduling everything from the time you wake up to what you’ll eat for lunch to when you’ll take some time to read. While you don’t have to stick to that schedule exactly, it is helpful to have a to do list.
Getting some exercise in is the best way to boost your mood! It doesn’t have to be extreme, but try to get at least 30 minutes of activity a day. If you aren’t sure what to do, check YouTube for some inspiration. You can find videos on everything from CrossFit WODS to yoga to walking classes.
3. Get Outside
Ahhh – fresh air! Is there anything better? Assuming the weather near you is cooperating, try to get outside. Go for a walk or take your laptop outside and get some work done in the sun. Vitamin D is a wonderful thing. Just remember to stay 6 feet away from anyone else spending time outdoors.
4. Connect with Friends and Family
Connection is so important in our lives. Don’t give that up just because you’re quarantined. Call a friend or family member you haven’t had time to catch up with recently. FaceTime or Zoom with friends and family. Plan a virtual happy hour. Find a way to play a virtual game or live stream a concert together. Basically, find a way to connect each day, even if you aren’t feeling very social.
5. Organize and Clean
Cleaning and organizing sounds horrible, am I right? But, it’s been proven to be therapeutic! Think of how accomplished you’ll feel once that overflowing closet becomes neat and tidy. Plus, it’s a great way to pass the time and you’ll feel better being quarantined in a clean house.
6. Limit Media
It’s easy to get sucked into constant media updates during uncertain times like this pandemic, but be careful. There’s a fine line between staying informed and media overload, which could lead to panic and anxiety. Try checking the news once or twice a day and turning off notifications in between.
7. Work on a New Hobby or Skill
If you have spare time right now, why not do something you’ve always wanted to do? Try to teach yourself guitar or cross stitching. Start writing everyday. Unpack all your old paint sets. Whatever sounds good to you, give it a go!
8. Take Inventory of Your Mental Well Being
Take the time to ask yourself how you’re doing. Take notes and track certain habits. Remember to pause and focus on the moment instead of thinking of the future, which creates fear. If you need help, there are so many apps and websites that help you meditate, suggest habits to track, and help you keep track of your mental well being.
9. Experiment in the Kitchen
Whether you’re a chef or not, try some new recipes during this quarantine. In fact, you might have to start experimenting to create meals out of whatever you can find in the pantry. You may be surprised at how creative you can get.
10. Be Easy on Yourself
Most importantly, take it easy on yourself. This is a weird time. We haven’t experienced this before so we’re all learning as we go. This isn’t the time to make major changes or beat yourself up over unmet goals. If all you’re doing is surviving, you’re still doing great.