As quarantine continues and we spend more time at home, it’s easy to slip into bad habits. By now, everyone knows the rules of social distancing, how long to wash our hands, and the proper way to wear masks. But here are some other helpful suggestions to keep you peaceful and well.
Stick to a routine
- Schedule exercise. If you can’t be outside, indoor stretching and calisthenics can greatly improve mood and overall health.
- Sleep. A consistent bedtime encourages a better night’s sleep overall.
- Nutrition. Use this time to try new healthy recipes.
- Screen time. Use your screen time to connect with friends and relatives you haven’t seen in a while.
- Intellectual pursuits. Try new hobbies or continued education.
- Outdoor time. Find ways to safely get outside, if only for a small errand.
- Chores. Having a clean house is not only healthy, it’s shown to reduce stress.
Take care of your community
- At home. Follow the guidelines of your apartment building’s common areas.
- Neighbors. Check on them if they need it.
- Contact. Give those you live with at least one big hug per day. Studies show that a 20-second hug reduces blood pressure.
Stay vigilant with kids’ education
- Learning online. They still need adult supervision & guidance.
- Questions. Ask for teacher support whenever you need it. They’re there to help you.
- Addressing Covid. Try not to share random, unchecked facts, but be brief, honest, and reassuring.
Consider practicing mindfulness
- Set aside time to allow yourself to feel uncertainty. Take time to recognize your feelings.
- Build mental skills to keep calm in times of fear or stress by meditating or downloading a meditation app for guidance.
- Remember that breathing through your mask is more difficult than breathing naturally. Push out your belly when you inhale through your nose, then exhale through your mouth to relax.
- Demonstrate mindfulness to your kids to set a good example.
Stay healthy. Stay strong. Stay united.