So you’re stuck at home, dutifully practising social distancing due to the lockdown. Here's how to keep boredom away and maintain mental wellness.
- Engage Your Mind
- Spend time offline
- Try to eat healthy
- Stay connected to people
- Have a routine
- Stay clean
- Stay active
- Get some sun
- Practice mindfulness
- Wash your hands
Is there anything you’ve been putting off or been too busy to deal with before now? Here’s your opportunity to get it done! Consider learning a new language or trying a new hobby, like cooking or knitting. You can check out sites like Skillshare, where you can easily learn to do new stuff. Many sites, like Coursera MasterClass and Scholastic are also offering free or discounted virtual classes during this time.
Sure, staying up to date on the latest announcements is important but overconsumption of news during this period can increase feelings of stress and anxiety. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, try setting aside specific windows to check your newsfeed and give yourself a time limit. You can also use this period to read a book or listen to an audiobook.
When you’re at home it can be tempting to be a couch potato, eating junk and snacking all day to pass the time. However, it’s important to do your best to eat well.
Although physical contact may be limited right now, you can still stay in touch with friends and family. Try to maintain a connection with your friends and family through video chat or phone calls. During this period, you don’t need to talk about the quarantine or COVID-19 but instead focus on other things.
Studies show that following a routine can increase productivity, boost happiness levels, and help ward off depression. Even though you may not have a place to go, it’s important to still follow a regular schedule. Set a time to get out of bed daily, shower and eat as these little activities can keep you feeling accomplished and energized while in isolation.
You may have nowhere to go but it’s important to continue your regular self-care. Keep showering and getting dressed in real clothes as lounging in pyjamas with messy hair can start feeling depressing after a while. We’re not telling you to wear a suit, just clean up and get dressed.
Staying at home shouldn’t mean that you need to stop exercising as it can help reduce elevated cortisol or stress levels, as well as trigger the release of endorphins, boosting your overall happiness. If you’re missing your regular gym time. You can consider walking up a few flight of stairs, dancing or going for a run helpful. Move your body!
It’s okay to step outside your door and soak up some sun. Vitamin D plays a vital part in regulating your mood, as well as strengthening the immune system. Consider sitting out on your porch, balcony, or backyard. If you don’t have a private outdoor space, even sitting by a sunny window can help.
It’s important to remember that quarantine is not a punishment but actually a form of altruism. Focus on the fact that you are doing the right thing by staying home and preventing further spread of the virus and that those around you are grateful for what you are doing, even if they don’t say so in so many words. You can try meditating, practice breathing exercises or do some yoga if you’re into it.
Proper handwashing isn’t only effective against the coronavirus but other germs as well. Continue to wash your hands often and practise good hygiene in general as this will keep you healthy well beyond this trying period in time.