Following the CDC and WHO guidelines, a lot of us have been in self-isolation now for a few weeks. From working at home to shops closing, life has quickly changed. While this seems like a dream for some introverts, spending weeks alone can quickly result in some hardcore cabin fever. Here are a few tips to make the most of your time and avoid feeling down:
Keep a Routine: You’ve always heard that waking up and going to sleep at the same time every day is good for your health, well it's true. Keeping a routine helps you feel more energized and boosts your immune system (an extra bonus considering what’s going around). When you wake up in the morning, get ready just as you would if you were going into the office. Next, make a list of five things you would like to and are going to accomplish that day. Even though you may have more to do than five things to do, you’ll feel more motivated to get through a shorter list. Once your first list of five is done, you can add more on. If you have kids at home, set up a timed routine every day to help them stay on track.
Maintain Social Contact: Facetime, email, phone calls and texts - we have so many ways to stay in contact with the outside world. Take the time to check in with your friends and family members; they’ll appreciate the conversation as well. If you want to get a little creative, play games with your friends over a video chat or get your friends to participate in a social challenge. The “See 10, Send 10” fitness challenges have us getting ready for our summer attire, plus the additional endorphins add a boost of energy to our new routines. Social distancing doesn’t have to mean social isolation, and there are free video services available to help make this time a little less strange.
Exercise: Exercise releases toxins from your body and increases endorphins, giving you the mood booster you need. Trying to get at least 30 minutes of activity every day reduces the effects of cabin fever. This can be anything from household chores to dancing or running. There are a lot of companies and individuals doing free online workouts, just do a quick internet search to find one you like or get creative and think up a physical activity of your own. We dare you to start a “See 10, Send 10” challenge today.
Get Outside: Spending time outdoors not only improves your physical health but also your mental health. Being outdoors can be as simple as taking a walk around the block, doing yoga on your balcony or enjoying a picnic in your backyard. Add some outdoor time to your routine by scheduling a morning walk or simply opening your home office window to feel a breeze. Whether you’re going on a hike or taking a walk around the block, make sure to adhere to the social distancing rules and your local regulations.
Focus on the Future: One of the most important things to remember is that this is only temporary. Parks will open, travel restrictions will be lifted, you’ll be able to visit your grandma and things will go back to normal. Take this extra time by yourself or with your family to plan for the future. Start planning that trip to Europe. Finalize your hiking plans for the summer. Pull out your wedding seating list and give it another go.
It’s tough. It’ll get boring. But remember, we’re all in this together.