You hear the word "quarantine" and automatically hear the long list of things we're not allowed to do these days. But perhaps you should think of all the opportunities this slower lifestyle offers. Instead of sitting around worrying about coronavirus or feeling lonely, use your downtime to learn new skills, pamper yourself, and reconnect with what makes you happy. Just remember: It's called downtime for a reason.
So, what is there to do- when you’re sitting at home, peering through your window, thinking about life that once was? Binge watching Netflix and scrolling through social media is not great for your mental health... so as we adjust to this new reality, here are a few ideas of what you can do to keep busy and keep to a routine while you’re under quarantine.
Don't see this list as pressure or guilt to be productive every single moment but simply some ideas of things to do to get you through this tough time with your sanity intact.
Ask Yourself These Three Questions Before You Starting The Day:
What are the 3 things you want to accomplish by the end of the day? Write these down.
What are the 2 things that make you happy today?
Who should you call or text to check on?
1. Try Yoga, Stretch Out Those Muscles
During this time, it's normal to be feeling more stressed than usual. Staying at home and being confined to your space can be difficult. Starting your day off with yoga has multiple benefits such as decreasing stress, relieving anxiety, promoting better sleep quality, and increasing strength.
2. WFH? Have A Separate & Tidy Work Space Is Key
Keeping a clean and tidy workspace is very important when it comes to productivity. Clutter oftentimes causes stress (even if you don't initially realize it)- and who needs more stress right now? Taking a few minutes to put papers away and throw away trash from the day before has numerous benefits such as:
Better use of time
3. Have Daily Video Chat With 2 People, And Rotate Them
Research show social interaction really improve our health and well-beings. But too much of it could also causes stress, especially for some of us who are introvert. Keep your daily interactions at an optimal level is key.
Many of us are missing family and friends during this time. And while we have to socially distance ourselves physically, it doesn’t mean you can’t still Face Time and call your loved ones! Staying connected is especially important to maintain your relationships and it also greatly benefits your mental health by getting you out of your head space.
4. Check Out That Restaurant Wish List, They May Have A Discount
By using a take out delivery app, you can still get take-out from your favorite restaurants. Many restaurants are now offering great deals.
Hey, there’s a lot going on. And all of this is new…. To everyone. So it’s okay if you’re not feeling “up to it” or motivated. But, if you’re having a hard time dealing with everything that’s happening and feeling sad, worried, or anxious, you may want to reflect and journal how you’re feeling.
You can also reflect on the positive things that have happened this year; what have you accomplished? What goals have you reached? What are some goals you’ll be looking to accomplish in the future?
6. Listen To A Sermon Or Meditate
Listening to a sermon helps you stay connected and hopeful in a higher being that you may believe in. It may bring you peace and remind you of your beliefs. Meditating is also a great form of stress release that may help you:
Promote emotional health
You're Helping The Community By Staying Home
By staying home, you're helping to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Isolation and quarantine are big factors in terms of starving out the disease. Reducing the movement of people has a great effect in reducing those getting infected and is collective effort of everyone.
While this may be difficult and stressful, preventing the spread is necessary and is the only way we can hopefully go back to our way of normal.