Staying Happy and Healthy During a Pandemic
Regardless of where you are in the world, all anyone seems to be talking about is the COVID-19 pandemic. While our lives may be changing minute by minute, one thing is certain: staying happy and healthy is essential. While you’re spending an increased amount of time at home during this pandemic, performing acts of self-care is key. In this blog, we’ll be discussing what you can do to maintain your overall health and wellness during self-distancing.
Keep a Journal
Writing about your day can have a big impact on your mood and overall mental health. Jotting down daily thoughts will allow you to reflect on the feelings you’re currently experiencing. Taking at least 15 minutes out of your day to journal can truly make a positive difference. If you’re not into writing in physical journals, we recommend downloading an app like Jour: Journal for Mindfulness. Jour allows you to reflect on your feelings, reconnect with your inner-self, and set personal goals all within a mobile app.
Take a Social Media Break
Since COVID-19 is new to the human population, there is a ton of misinformation being shared on social media right now. Take some time away from social media to do some fact-checking and form opinions of your own. While social media is crucial to staying social during physical distancing, constantly reading about COVID-19 and combating both misinformation and opposing political views can really drain your energy. Putting your phone on Do Not Disturb for a little while will allow you to recharge!
Treat Your Body Well
No gym equipment? No problem! Most gyms are currently closed, but there are plenty of fitness gurus on Instagram and Youtube that share workout routines that you can replicate at home. One of our personal favorite fitness gurus on Instagram is @kelseywells. In addition to being physically active, you should also try your best to feed your body healthy foods. We understand that going grocery shopping can be stressful at this time, so we recommend checking out supercook.com. This website allows you to select ingredients that you already have at home and compiles recipes that you can follow using just those ingredients! Lastly, make sure you still go outside and get some fresh air and Vitamin D (while maintaining a distance of at least six feet away from others!).
Keep a Consistent Routine
Keeping a regular schedule contributes to your overall health. Although working from home can give you flexibility, having a routine can help you feel ready for the day and the work that lies ahead. Simple acts like making your bed each morning, taking a daily shower, or setting your alarm for the same time each morning can provide a sense of normalcy.
Find a Workspace
If you are used to working at a specific place, such as your favorite coffee shop or the library, trying to concentrate at home can be a challenge. However, designating a specific space to do work for your school or job will put you in the right mindset to be productive. Make sure you separate your workspace from your bed. This will help keep your bed a sacred place where you can relax in peace!
Staying at home with your roommates or family more than usual can be stressful. This is why understanding your personal needs and setting boundaries between you and everyone you’re living with is crucial! Telling the people around you that you might need some uninterrupted time throughout the day to concentrate is completely okay. Share your schedule and let them know when you have meetings or classes. This will help create some privacy for you to concentrate and stay on track.
Don’t Socially Distance Yourself
Just because physical distancing is necessary for everyone’s safety right now, it doesn’t mean that you have to distance yourself socially. There are plenty of ways to stay connected, especially in today’s age of technology. Just like setting up a physical hangout, schedule time in your daily agenda to talk to your loved ones. Facetime, Google Hangout, Zoom, or any other type of video conferencing tool are a great way to stay in touch with your people. You can even be creative and plan group activities to do together. Another option to stay socially connected to your loved ones is Netflix Party. This option allows you and your friends or family members to simultaneously watch your favorite TV shows and movies together. Staying socially connected will make you feel less alone during physical distancing.