We are truly in historic times. Nearly 95 percent of Americans are under stay at home orders, people are self isolating and social distancing has become the new norm. Streets are empty, people work from their living rooms, and the days blend together. As we enter a new month of national quarantine, all this time at home is understandably taking its toll. Whether you’re living alone or with family, can be extremely stressful. But there are ways to make it a little easier. From establishing a routine, to sinking into your hobbies, there’s a silver lining to the dark cloud of self isolation.
Create a morning routine- When you’re working from home and can’t leave, it’s easy to stay in pajamas until, suddenly, it’s quarter past five. Establishing a simple morning routine is a great way to structure your day and differentiate between PJ time and work time. From making coffee, to showering and putting on pants, it’s key to start your day off right.
Try journaling- We’re in uncharted waters. Every morning our phones are filled with difficult news, we’re still stuck inside and no one really knows when it’s going to be over. Keeping a journal is a great way of working through these worries and feelings. Journaling each morning can help get you in the right mindset.
Get physical- While gyms may be closed, there are still plenty of ways to work up a sweat. There are countless free workout classes on YouTube to check out. And if you can, try going outside! Even a walk around the block is a great way to get the blood pumping and relieve some stress.
Learn- During quarantine, it’s easy to fall into a routine such as, get up, work on your computer, then watch television until it’s time for bed. Unfortunately, this routine can take its toll on your mental health. Lethargy only begets more lethargy. Try stimulating your brain instead of entertaining it. Maybe it’s time to take out your old painting set, or learn about a particular time in history that interests you. Watch a documentary, or read a book you’ve been meaning to get to. Working your brain is one of the best ways to stave off stress.
Clean- Mess affects your mental health more than many people realize. Clutter signals to our brains that there’s still work to be done, and can cause significant stress and anxiety. Try to take this time at home to do a thorough cleaning. Cleaning can be extremely helpful to relieve extra stress. You’ll be happy that you did it.
Dive into hobbies- Whether it’s writing, reading, board games or something else, now is the perfect time to really dive into your hobbies! Take this time to focus on what you love to do, and watch as it grows and flourishes.
At Live Wellness Center, we know how difficult it can be to just talk, which is why we offer a variety of counseling services to Columbus, the surrounding area, and all of Ohio via Telehealth. Covid-19 is causing major disruptions to everyday life, and it can be difficult to cope with it. We are accepting new clients, and offer Telehealth services to each and every client. If you need someone to talk to, give us a call or fill out a contact form today.