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We can agree, or not, that staying home is the easiest thing this virus pandemic has brought us. The hard part is keeping our sanity and stability. While practicing social distancing, it can be really difficult to get through the day both physically and mentally.
You don’t want to run to seed. Instead of wallowing in sadness and self-pity, you can work on yourself and leave the quarantine stronger in every way. Staying active, mentally and physically, can help you cope with the effects of COVID-19.
Staying at home during the virus outbreak doesn’t mean that our lives completely stop. It just means that we need to adapt to this way of living until the pandemic passes. Instead of giving over and getting into a depressive state of mind because you can’t see your friends or family, consider this period a chance to devote some time to yourself and make progress in some aspects of your life.
Instead of watching the news all day, save your mental health by reading a book. Few chapters a day to keep the depression away. If you’re not a fan of books, you can watch educational shows online. Pick any subject that interests you, and search for podcasts, talks, interviews, theories, whatever helps you stay mentally active and keep the situation in the world of your mind.
2. Solve puzzles
Not neglecting your mental health and keeping your mind active are two very important things when it comes to your overall wellbeing. However, reading and learning aren’t the only two ways to keep your mind active; daily mental exercises are great for increasing your creativity flow.
Solving puzzles, like sudoku or jigsaw, enhances your way of thinking, increasing logic skills. Similarly, chess is a great brain workout. You can play it with your family or online. If you’re not keen on numbers or chess, consider solving crosswords, playing scrabble or word hunt. Even something simple like writing a diary can keep your mind active. Being in quarantine is a perfect time to start writing that book you’ve always wanted. So, by the end of the pandemic, you will have developed a great vocabulary and a powerful way of thinking.
3. Chat with friends and family
Even if you have to practice social distancing, it doesn’t mean that you have to cut all the contacts with your closest ones. Not everyone is lucky to be at home during this tough time. The effects of social isolation can be brutal to everyone, so make sure your loved ones are safe.
Even though you can’t meet your friends in person, you can see them! How? Various apps and services provide free video calls, so you don’t have to miss out your weekly get-togethers. Besides that, you can call them, or text them. The same goes to your parents, partners and everyone you miss. Luckily, social media is so wide-spread, you don’t have to worry about staying out of touch with the world. Stay home and stay safe, you’re not missing out anything.
As you’re spending a lot of time at home now, have you noticed how untidy it seems? Even though cleaning is probably the last thing you thought about, it’s a great way to keep you physically and mentally busy. It’s springtime, so why don’t you thoroughly clean the house.
Make a spring-cleaning checklist and don’t forget to clean every item on it. You can start by dusting and vacuuming, moving your furniture to discover all the toys you thought your pet had lost, cleaning your windows and carpets. Don’t forget to reorganize your wardrobe, replace the winter clothes with summer clothes and donate everything you no longer need. The fun doesn’t end there. If you have a yard, you can rake it, plant some flowers, mow the grass and weed out unwanted plants. Staying busy is that simple.
5. Working out
Since the gyms are closed down, working out there is not an option. Even though you’re allowed to leave the house and do cardio outside, keeping the safe distance from the others can be demanding especially in big cities. Instead of turning yourself into a couch potato, you can workout at home.
There are numerous benefits to exercising at home. You can exercise whenever you want, do any exercise without being judged by others and shower in the comfort of your home. However, one big downside is the equipment. Not every house comes with a home gym. But don’t give up just yet. You can order equipment online! For example, Cyberfit offers a wide range of high-quality equipment you can have delivered to your house anywhere in the country. It doesn’t matter whether you need treadmills, weight plates and bars, or exercise machines; in less than 30 days, you’ll have your ideal gym at your home.
Naturally, not everyone is keen on cardio and weight training. But lying around all day watching telly, that keeps spreading panic in the world, isn’t exactly good either. If only there was a workout routine that merges physical and mental activity. Luckily there is! And it has been around for thousands of years. It’s yoga.
Yoga is ideal for activating and stretching your muscles while gaining strength, fixing your posture and mentally working out on relaxing your body parts through meditation. It helps you manage stress and anxiety during the pandemic. Breathing exercises and guided meditation are perfect for practicing mindfulness and improving well-being. So, whenever you feel like the stress and tension are about to get you down, light up incense, play some relaxing music, and do yoga. You’ll feel as good as new afterwards.
Spending time at your home doesn’t have to seem like a prison. You can do things you enjoy and stay in contact with people you love without risking your health. Mental and physical activities are especially important because they help us stay healthy. Physical exercises make you stronger and healthier, while mental activity helps you learn something new, adopt a new way of thinking and keep the whole stressful situation of your mind. So, take a deep breath, watch telly less and improve yourself more.