As we all continue to self-quarantine and stay inside our houses during the coronavirus pandemic, it’s hard to not notice a plummet in mental health. It’s OK to feel this way, and we at Adoption Choices of Arizona want to remind you that this crazy time will soon pass by providing tips on how to stay busy and hopeful. Here are some tips on how to keep your mind occupied:
If you’re working from home, make time for occasional breaks
Some people may dream of working at home, but it’s not until it happens and you have to experience it firsthand that you may begin to dread it. It’s important to make time for occasional breaks throughout the workday to keep your spirits up. If your heavy workload makes it so that you can’t take any separate breaks, make the most out of your lunch or dinner break. All that matters is you try your best to make the most out of what you have.
When the weekend rolls around and you have nowhere to go since you’re practicing social distancing, it can be challenging to find things to do. If you want to catch up on a show or watch that movie you’ve always wanted to see but haven’t had the time, Netflix has released a Google Chrome extension called Netflix Party. After you pick what you want to watch, you can share the link with friends or family and watch it together while chatting. Other self-care techniques can include listening to music, reading, or, really, whatever makes you happiest.
It’s important to stay active amidst this hectic time. Since gyms are closed, you can find workout methods on YouTube, or you can go for a run around your neighborhood. Taking your dog for a walk is a good way to get your body moving, too. Spending a portion of your day in his healthy way should provide a big boost to your mood and self-confidence.
Take breaks from your phone and the news
It seems as if the news is nothing but coronavirus updates anymore. Even our social media feeds, where we usually go for comic relief or to receive check in on family and friends, have become bombarded with coronavirus news. Stay aside some time throughout each day to turn off your phone and the news broadcast, and do something enjoyable. Sometimes, it’s best to get away from everything for a minute, and you won’t miss anything. The news will still be there when you get back.