Here’s what you need to do during a difficult time.
While the comings and goings of ordinary life tend to be shifting every day, it can sometimes feel challenging to stay on track both professionally and personally. The lack of human contact means that there are extended periods between meeting your friends and family. And as social creatures, it can be pretty tough for many people. Fundamentally, as different as we are from each other, there’s this looming threat of disease that, in a way – connects us all.
This optimism doesn’t change the fact that our schedules are in perpetual disarray almost daily. That’s what we’ve compiled a shortlist of things you can do to keep both your sanity and your body in check.
Growing up, being close in proximity to the people you love and care for brings out so many psychological advantages it’d be pretty hard to number them! That’s why (with everyone cooped up at home) it’s a good idea to stay as connected as possible to others. The use of the internet, mobile phones, and social media mean that maintaining some social life semblance is a little easier.
This approach isn’t just limited to the people in your immediate circle either. The stay-at-home period is the perfect opportunity to reconnect with friends not spoken to in years or even make some new friends, thanks to the accessibility of social media.
Make time for regular phone or video calls to loved ones.
Be sure to check upon those you’re worried about, even if only for a few minutes.
Maybe even start some group chats on your favorite platforms to get some community going!
Whether anybody would like to admit it or not, emotion dictates a large chunk of our personality. And while you’re at home, it can be easy to sit in a rut or overthink certain life aspects that make you uncomfortable. While being cooped up all day at home may seem like adding fuel to the fire, you could turn that frown upside down in quite a profound way. The new time at home gives you the perfect opportunity to speak your truth and practice being at peace with your emotions.
Think of it as a meditation retreat. Work on what makes you, you.
Much like the emotions before it, letting yourself go a little during the lockdown season can feel like an easy out. Since nobody will see you, you might as well get lax on the exercise. Wrong. We as a species have gotten to the point where sedentary lives are pretty commonplace. We work, live, and explore in our living rooms, much to the dismay of our bodies. If you are looking for a sign that you should start an exercise routine while at home, here it is.
This philosophy goes beyond exercise as well. Since you’re going to be spending much more time at home, why don’t you update your daily diet to something a little healthier? The lack of the ability to eat out means you have the perfect opportunity to start eating the things that will make your body feel much better.
Eat well, exercise often.
Do this for enough days on end, and you’ll find your health in much better shape by the time the lockdowns start lifting.
A good night’s sleep will melt your worries away. Okay, this may be an exaggeration, sure. But we can’t stress enough the importance of getting a good night’s sleep every night. Don’t get us wrong. We are by no means claiming that rest will magically lift your troubles as soon as you squeeze a few extra hours in bed in the morning. And by a goodnight’s sleep, we don’t mean that you should be sleeping overtime either.
The key to a goodnight’s sleep is to make a consistent schedule and stick to it as much as you can.
Let’s face it. We’re all in quite an uncomfortable situation. Things haven’t been quite every day for the better part of an entire year. That doesn’t mean you should give up on yourself, however. Because whatever the outside world may seem like right now, you can always count on yourself. We know it.