Months ago, the idea of staying at home with no obligations or commitments sounded pretty enticing.
But now that it’s become our reality, we’re missing our structured days at the office, going out with friends, and enjoying nonessential businesses in peace.
Until we are given the go-ahead to resume yoga classes and brunching, here are eight other ways you can bring happiness (and sanity) to your self-isolating experience.
We know—this is not what you want to hear as you read this article with a heavy-poured glass of wine in hand and a bag of Cadbury mini eggs on your lap.
Exercising releases endorphins, which will provide you with a rush of positive feelings and Lord knows we need that right now.
While working from home, head outside during your lunch break for a walk or run. This is a great way to avoid getting stuck in the WFH rut while also getting fresh air and burning some calories.
If you typically attend workout classes, many fitness companies have recorded classes available online that you can follow at home. The Internet is truly a wonderful place.
Maintain a regular sleep schedule
The old saying that “nothing good ever happens after midnight” could not be more accurate (If you disagree, revisit your distant bar-hopping memories) so make sure your head is hitting the pillow before the clock strikes 12 a.m.
If you really can’t go to bed before midnight due to a crippling League of Legends addiction—that’s fine, we understand—but aim to get at least eight hours of sleep.
Going to sleep and waking up around the same time every day will keep your body on track. When you are running low on rest, you risk experiencing anxiety, depression, and increased hunger.
Stay connected with friends and family
Scheduling weekly Zoom dates with the important people in your life is now the new norm. Since we are all stuck at home, conversation subject matter might be a little limited so you’ll need to get creative—watch a television show together, start a book club, or invite others to play some games with you on House Party.
Chances are that if you are feeling unsettled and blue, your friends and family members are as well. Learn to lean on each other for support and don’t be afraid to share your feelings.
If you happen to be single and ready to mingle, download a couple dating apps. This is an opportunity to forge some deep connections with your matches. Since we are all in self-isolation, you’ll have to get to know each other through conversation instead of just meeting up to get down and dirty.
Listen to music and podcasts
There’s a good chance that your place is quieter than usual, so use podcasts and music to fill the silence. To avoid experiencing an existential crisis, which seems quite plausible in these uncertain times, steer clear of the sad tunes—now is not the time, Adele.
Try to find a podcast that makes you laugh or teaches you something, this way you’ll leave self-isolation happier and more intelligent. If the prospect of learning during quarantine gives you the heebie-jeebies, there are tons of weekly podcasts that cover topics like reality television and murder.
Avoid social media and the news
For many people, listening to the news right now can be incredibly overwhelming. The same goes for social media—many people are using it as an outlet for their personal opinions about COVID-19 and reading those won’t help your mental health.
If you’re experiencing anxiety and depression while in self-isolation, try giving the news channel and your social media accounts a break.
Eat healthy foods
It is common knowledge that there is a correlation between your diet and mood—we’ll spare you from another wise proverbial saying.
Try adding vitamin D and omega 3-6-9 to your daily supplement routine. Consuming foods like Brazil nuts, dark chocolate, raspberries, and mango could help improve your mood.
Staying hydrated while in self-isolation is extremely important. As noted on Health.com, dehydration can cause tiredness, irritability, and confusion, along with other unpleasant symptoms.
Stick to a schedule
Create a new and improved routine—wake up at the same time each morning, shower on a daily basis, and eat during your usual meal times. Write yourself detailed to-do lists to ensure that you stay productive and follow the new routine.
This period of self-isolation is the perfect time for you to rediscover old hobbies or to discover new ones. The list of possibilities is endless—crochet your dog a hat, colour coordinate your closet, try origami, or paint your bathroom.
Whether it’s making a double batch of vegan chocolate chip cookies or having a six-pack delivered from a local brewery, it’s essential to do things that bring you joy. For those who miss shopping, order some trendy socks online. Socks are the new shoes during self-isolation.
If you have your sights set on re-entering society with glowing skin and sufficiently groomed fingernails, give yourself an at-home manicure and whip up an easy DIY facemask.
By taking care of your mental health and physical well-being during these challenging times, you’ll be better equipped to help others in need.