Practically every news source, social media account, and email have been expressing the importance of hygiene during the COVID-19 pandemic. Washing our hands and practicing social distancing are recommended on replay, but there’s one major aspect that’s being overlooked: Mental health.
For some, social distancing is extremely difficult. On day 1 of the quarantine, many people made jokes and chuckled at coronavirus memes, but come day 2, the tone changed. The seriousness of the situation kicked in, and concerns began mounting. No matter your age, this virus affects us all.
In our daily lives, we are used to seeing people everywhere we go. Whether it’s a trip to the grocery store or grabbing an afternoon coffee, it’s normal to see other people going about their daily lives. When a sudden disruption in this routine happens, it’s common to feel a bit off. Or maybe you feel completely nervous, depressed, uneasy, tired; People all deal with stress differently.
There are many ways to cope with social distancing/isolation. We’ve rounded up 5 ways to boost your mood and add a little something nice to each day during quarantine. Care to join us?
Easier said than done. But seriously, if the media coverage is causing you more stress than you need, just hop offline. The news will be there tomorrow. The same goes for social media: Practically every account is riddled with coronavirus content. While information and awareness is always good, it’s also important to take a break.
The CDC recommends taking regular breaks from listening to, reading, or watching news related to the pandemic. Hearing the stats repeated over and over can increase anxiety for some people. Instead, put on your favorite show, listen to music, read a book… The choice is yours!
There’s a reason why it’s called comfort food, after all! During social distancing, going to your favorite restaurant to dine-in isn’t an option. Luckily for us, there are tons of different delivery services to choose from!
The restaurant options are based on your location and the delivery company you choose from. There are more options than ever on the apps due to coronavirus, so search around and see if your favorites are on there. You can also choose to have zero contact with your order. The drivers will simply leave your food outside the door and notify you via the app.
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Most delivery apps are offering "no contact deliveries" to make takeout services safer during the pandemic
Cook for Yourself
Cooking can be a great way to get your mind off things. Whether you’re trying out a new recipe or whipping up an old favorite, the process is sure to keep your mind and body busy. Plus, the scent of food cooking in your home is great for digestion. It gets your body ready to process nutrients, which is excellent for overall health.
It’s tempting to hunker down during social isolation. While a few days of laying around isn’t a bad thing (it can actually be good!), your body will need to get up and move for healthy blood flow and a tip-top immune system.
Even just a walk around the block or some quick cleaning around the house will do the trick. Moving your body is proven to boost your immune system and overall mood: Two things we all need right now.
Connect with People Virtually
Physically seeing anyone outside of your home is a big no-no right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t connect with loved ones! We live in a technological age where connecting with people face to face can be done on a computer or smartphone.
Although we can’t get together, video chatting is a nice alternative. Instead of just talking over the phone, video gives a more personalized approach to communication. You can do one-on-one conversations, or add multiple people to the chat as a virtual hangout!
Video chatting with friends and loved ones is a great way to stay connected during quarantine
The same thing goes for online groups. Connect with people all over the world with similar interests to you. Whether it’s video games, art, a book club (basically anything you can think of), there’s most likely a group for that. And if not, you can start one yourself!
Just like with all things in life, this too will pass. Although we don’t know how things will play out for sure, nothing is permanent. Finding ways to occupy your time may seem tricky at first, but once you find joy in the little things, you’ll feel so much better.