Being forced to stay in your home so as to not contribute to a worsening pandemic might seem like the ideal situation for some. But for others, it’s enough to make them anxious and antsy. If you’re one of those people who starts panicking at the thought of being stuck indoors for days on end, here are some tips to keep you sane during the lockdown.
Keep in Touch
One of the most difficult things about this lockdown is the lack of human interaction. Humans weren’t meant to spend long periods of time without social contact. Luckily, you can use technology to connect with friends and family. This is a great time to get on social media and reach out to people via DMs, comments, or even live streams. While social media has its downsides, use it during isolation to stay connected with the world. Safely.
During a normal day, you have a schedule that keeps things moving. It’s important to set up a schedule while you’re isolated at home so that you keep your mind busy. Setting aside time to exercise, clean the house, work on hobbies, and socialize are all important during this transition time. Human brains aren’t good with unknowns, they tend to freak us out. That’s why giving yourself a schedule so that you have some control over what will happen during the day is a great way to calm yourself.
Meditation is an excellent way to calm the mind and help get rid of those anxiety-inducing thoughts. If you’re worried about finances, job prospects, or the health of friends and family members, set some time to meditate and relieve some of that stress. You may have to deal with a lot, between remote work or homeschooling your kids or managing alone time. But everyone, even you, deserve at least 30 minutes of stress-free time in their day.
Find A Way to Exercise
Exercising, inside or outside, is an excellent way to burn off extra energy that will keep you from feeling too antsy and jittery. Many gyms have posted free workouts on their social media pages or websites. Some places even have live sessions you can join. This is a great way to both get exercise and human contact!
Pick Up Old Hobbies
Now that you have a lot more time at home, it may be a good idea to pick up an old hobby. Perhaps you loved to knit or build model airplanes, but your long commute killed that activity years ago. Now is your chance to go back to it! It can be another thing you add to your daily schedule and who knows, you might love it so much that you’ll find a way to continue with it after the lockdown is over.
This is a difficult time for many people, but remember that this isn’t how life will be forever. Eventually, the pandemic will end and we’ll be able to resume our lives. Slowly, if we work together, we can get our community back.