As the days go by we all sit and wonder when we will be able to fall back into our normal daily routines. This leads to people getting stressed, anxious and overwhelmed, none of which are good for your health. I get worried too but I try to hurry calm down because I think to myself “Hmmm, I’d rather be here in the safety of my house than in an emergency room!”
One of the best ways to prevent the mind from wandering off into dangerous territory is to keep it occupied. Find things that you enjoy doing to pass the time. Of course, they should be activities that don’t require going out or being among a lot of people. For some people this is a breeze, but for others this is new to them and they might be having a hard time adjusting to it.
If you find yourself moping around the house, feeling blue and not knowing what to do, try doing one of these. I’ve listed five simple things you can do at home during the quarantine.
1. Read a book
What better time to escape into a whole new world than right now? No matter what’s going on at the moment, books are always a great way to delve into a different reality and relax the mind for a while. During our normal lives, we often find ourselves too preoccupied with all sorts of things and have at least once said “I’m too busy. I don’t have time to read that right now.” Well now’s our chance. We have all the time in the world to go on an adventure through the pages.
It’s known that exercise plays a role in improving a person’s mood. This is because when you exercise, your brain releases the “feel good” hormones called endorphins. Not only is it a sure-fire way to help reduce the feelings of anxiety and depression, but it also boosts your energy. You don’t even need to have all the fancy gym equipment. Just take a little look around your house and see what you can work with.
3. Try a new recipe
You don’t have to worry about time catching up on you and having to run out the door after yanking your half done casserole from the oven. No way! Now you can take your time and try out all those delicious recipes you’ve been bookmarking for so long. This is an infallible stress reliever for some people all year round and I can totally see why! After all that cooking, the next best thing is sitting down and enjoying your creation!
4. Watch a TV show
Be honest. How many TV shows do you have in your “Must Watch” list? I completely understand if you haven’t gotten around to watching any of them. If you’re anything like me, you run the risk of getting hooked and binge watching an entire season in just a day! However, now since there’s more free time in your day, you can assign specific TV hours for yourself so you can enjoy your little shows. Keep this is mind though: WILLPOWER. After a certain time, it’s lights out! You need to get enough sleep so you don’t weaken your immune system.
5. Do some cleaning
How about some rigorous spring cleaning? It would be the most opportune time to do so given the state of things. You can never be too clean. So this wouldn’t be just a regular Saturday dust down. No. This would be a thorough cleaning from top to bottom. Since you’re spending so much time inside your home now, there will be more disarrangement of things throughout the day. Get rid of any trash and tidy up the rooms before it starts to affect your mood.
Whatever you do, don’t just sit around thinking about what you would have been doing had there not been a pandemic keeping you confined to your house. This will inevitably make you feel down and get frustrated. Also, try not to spend too much time watching the news or go looking for news online. You’ll only be agitated even more with the amount of fake news that surfaces every five minutes. Like I said before, let’s not focus on the things we CAN’T control. Let’s focus on the things we CAN control and take control over them.
Be safe and stay healthy!
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