How to Deal with the Stay at Home Blues during COVID-19
Create Your SpaceNow that our homes have become our workspaces, gyms, restaurants and bars, it is essential to find separation between them. Finding the balance between a functional space and a sanctuary is important and doable. Here a few things you can try at home that might make all the difference. A good diffuser or incense can help transform and rejuvenate the energy of a room. They can also create a sense of calm allowing you to focus and achieve your goals of with ease and serenity. Create separation between your unique spaces. You wouldn’t go to the gym to read a book, or go to a nightclub to write emails. The same should go for your home. If possible, try to separate the rooms in which you work, exercise, eat and meditate. This will allow you to maintain fluidity between your daily tasks while creating a routine that is cohesive, not jumbled.
Empower Yourself And Those Around YouHere is another great exercise to try. Sit down with a pen and paper and ask yourself, “What would the ideal version of me be doing today, this week, this month?” Then set out to do those things. In times of difficulty, it is important to help those around us in unique and meaningful ways. Get involved with your community. This can help boost your mood and can make an impact. Check in on your neighbors, donate food and money (if you can) or spread the word about organizations raising funds and recruiting volunteers on the front lines. You’ll be surprised how taking time to help others will not only take your mind off the anxieties of the day but ultimately make you feel good, by doing good.
Since most of the world is in isolation, it is more important than ever to stay connected. Just because you can’t leave your home or see your extended family and friends doesn’t mean you can’t hang out or share a laugh. Wine Wednesdays via FaceTime or cooking a new dish with your loved ones is not off the table. Email, call, send photos. There are plenty of ways to stay connected, and reaching out to loved ones not only makes you feel good, it makes them feel good, too. Now is the time to get creative, strengthen your friendships and your community
Remember to Take a Break
Make time for you. Just because you’re working from home doesn’t mean you have to be chained to your workstation. Have scheduled times in your day to step away and do something for yourself. Throw on a 10-minute breathing meditation- this can help increase blood flow, boost immunity and alkalize the body: a necessity to eliminate the probability of disease and reduce inflammation. Not only can this simple technique help fight disease but it can also calm the mind and put nerves at ease.
Move Your Body
Staying active is one of the best immune boosters around. Try taking a walk outside, while maintaining social distance, of course, or find a route in your home or apartment that allows you to get moving. Instead of hanging out on the couch, throw on a 15-minute endurance workout with your favourite playlist! This will help get endorphins flowing and maybe you will even work up a sweat! Online yoga classes and mobile apps like the Nike Training Center or Glo Apps are all great ways to burn some calories and stay active.
A lot of us are at home with our families, significant others, children etc. There should be no guilt in having an hour to ourselves, whether it’s to read a book, watch our favourite show, get a good sweat in, or call your best friend. It is important to make time for ourselves, do something for you and let the world pause for a moment.
Create a Positive Mind Set
In times like this, it can be easy to get down and feel like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. We have to remember it us up to us as individuals to create our own positive energy and ignite those around us. Pickup an inspirational book or create a daily Gratitude List, making note of all the good things in your life. Sometimes we just need a little reminder of how fortunate we are.