How’s your mental health doing now that most of the world is in quarantine? 🏠
It’s been a wild and upsetting few months with the spread of the Covid-19 virus spreading across the globe. Our heart goes out to everyone affected by the pandemic and a big thank you to all of the frontline workers who are helping to flatten the curve, fight this battle and continue to run our essential services.
Today’s post is to help those who are feeling a bit off and finding it difficult to adjust to this new normal. With many of us stuck at home now, maybe even shifting to working from home, or becoming their children’s new teachers, whatever your new situations, it can be difficult to get in the groove of things. So, I’ve compiled a list of things that have personally helped me over the past month in the hopes that even one of them will help you.
Stay At Home Tips:
Create a routine for your days. Use an actionable task to transition between work & non-work time. Some ideas could be that at 5PM you do a 10 minute stretch, yoga, or guided meditation. Maybe you have a mini dance party every day at 5PM to your favourite song. If you don’t live alone, alternate who gets to pick the song!
Get yourself ready each day. Change out of your pjs to daytime clothes. Maybe this means putting on a nice top and leggings.
Reach out to family and friends. Have virtual dinners, play games together. There are tons of video call apps right now, so find the one that is best for you and your needs.
Cook a good healthy meal for yourself/family/partner/roommate/children. Keeping yourself and your family healthy, and spending time on making some delicious meals is a great way to nourish yourself and your family.
Create some YOU-time. You might be at home with a full house, kids asking for your attention, pets asking for attention, friends calling you, etc. Whatever it may be, add in even 15 minutes per day doing something that you absolutely love. If you love to read, schedule in 10-15 minutes of quiet reading time. Put it in the calendar if you need to.
Take technology-free breaks. If you’re working from home, it can be easy to continue working at all hours of the day. While you’re busy, be sure to take these tech-free breaks. Open the window and breathe some fresh air. Go snuggle your pet. Do 20 jumping jacks. Stretch your body.
Lastly, take a moment to accept this situation. Accept that this is going to be the new norm for a while, and assess how you can make it as enjoyable as possible. Maybe you need a new routine. Adding a bit of structure can help make your day feel similar to when you would go into work or when your kids went to school. This is new for everyone, and I think the key to it all is to be flexible.
Please note that it is important to continue to stay up to date with the the progression of covid-19 and follow the guidelines within your country.
In addition to this, note that all of these tips are things that have helped me through this time and may not be for everyone.
Stay safe. Stay happy. Stay healthy. ✨
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