Ways to Stay Sane During Quarantine
Waking up in the morning feeling stuffy with a scratchy throat wondering if it’s covid-19, but hoping it’s just allergies. Joining a zoom meeting with coworkers and the dog starts barking. Making future plans with a bunch of friends and family when there’s no promise of it all happening in the near future.
While adapting to the new normal it’s easy to go a little insane. It’s just something we’re not used to, but I have some ways to stay sane during quarantine and I hope this will bring some people peace of mind.
I know, I know! It’s such a cliche, but exercising the mind and body can only do great things for your overall health.
When I say exercise the mind I mean read, write, debate! There are so many things going on in the world, so try reading articles and talking about them with friends and family. Reading articles is not only a great way to exercise the mind, but also to pass the time and keep you up to date on important topics. Writing is also a great way to exercise the mind. Getting thoughts down on paper allows a flow of creativity and releases some of that built up stress.
Then there’s the obvious physical exercise of the body. Some have workout routines they follow most days and some don’t care to work out at all during this time of quarantine. I’m the person who doesn’t like to work out at all to be quite honest, but I do try to engage in some outdoor activities. I try to go on walks as much as possible, I go hiking here and there, and I swim. These activities are fun to me and I don’t feel obligated to do them – the obligation is what takes the fun out of a workout for me personally. So, the bottomline is if you don’t like working out find some mobile activities that you do like – it makes it more fun and gets you moving!
My heart gets so happy when I see people dive into new hobbies or past hobbies that have been tucked away due to busy schedules. During quarantine I have seen so many people trying so many different things. I will give a list of what I have seen people do and what I have done myself.
Cooking – So many people I know, including myself have been cooking more! During quarantine, I wasn’t going out to restaurants anymore so I had no choice but to cook my meals. I was not a fan of this at first but it then became my new favorite thing to do. I now take time prepping and plating meals to share with friends and family. It’s just such an exciting part of my day and I take a lot of pride in my dishes. With cooking more, people have also created instagram profiles to share their meals with other foodies out there. Cooking is a great way to eat healthier and save your money!
Painting/Drawing – People have been tapping into their talents and creating some amazing artwork whether it’s painting, drawing, or graphic design! I’ve seen it all! As a professional in the communications/marketing realm, I have been creating some digital art, taking photos, and a lot more. Everyone has a different idea of what art means to them, uses different channels to express themselves, and that’s one of the reasons why I love it so much!
Blogging – I’ve seen some turn their instagrams into their personal blogs. I know others have created their own blog, like myself. I’ve had more time to get creative in my writing. Starting a blog was so nerve wracking at first but I just went for it and I’m so happy I did. Blogging provides a space of self-expression, inspiring others, and maybe even building a portfolio if blogging isn’t a full-time gig.
Because of quarantine, a lot of these things became possible and I found it to be so helpful in keeping me sane in the house.
Set Aside Alone Time
Quarantining is a great time to get closer with family, friends, and roommates! But in order to stay sane we must set some time for ourselves. Alone time can be a time to relax, reflect, and/or revitalize! Sometimes these things can’t be done with other people in the room. Don’t feel guilty about alone time because we all need some time to ourselves and the amount of alone time is simply up to you.
These are just some of the ways to stay sane during quarantine! I’ve hope this brought your mind at ease and gave you some inspiration to try something new and tap into some hidden talents.