Citizens across the globe have closed their doors and are practicing social distancing and self-quarantining. The economy isn't all that's reeling from this pandemic; these safety measures require serious adjustments to our everyday lifestyles. Consequently, many people are feeling an unpleasant blend of emotions—anxiety, helplessness, depression, loneliness. Here are some tips to stay positive and give your mood a boost:
1. Stay in touch (but not literally).
Humans are social creatures by nature. We group together in families and have circles of friends; just as wolves thrive in a pack, we maintain our own support system with a codependent, herd-like mentality, which makes quarantine especially hard. Being secluded from loved ones can be detrimental to our psyche.
Thankfully, we live in a modern world that makes staying in touch as simple as making a phone call, sending a text, or reaching out on social media. Check in on your family. Videochat friends. Let those you care about know you’re thinking of them. Maintaining your social interactions is important to your health and wellbeing.
2. Soak up the sunshine!
Self-quarantining doesn’t mean you’re restricted to the inside of your home. Spend some time in the backyard if the weather is nice. A little fresh air and sunshine can go a long way toward lifting your mood and keeping you healthy. Get a head start on cleaning out the garage, or play with the kids and pets, or fire up the grill for a fresh dinner.
3. Get plenty of restful, restorative sleep.
This isn’t just good advice for your mental health; it’s a good immune booster, too! If you’ve found yourself working from home and now don’t have to worry about the extra time in the morning to do your makeup, drive to work (or, admit it, get dressed), take that time to set the alarm back half an hour and catch up on some zzz’s!
Whether you’re an early riser or a snooze button addict, it can be tempting to stay up later at night knowing you have extra time in the morning. But staying true to your normal schedule will help you ease back into the routine once the storm has passed and we get on the road to business as usual.
If you have a hard time falling asleep, you might try meditating before bed. Take some time and think about what you’re grateful for. Melatonin supplements might be a good addition to your nightly routine.
Taking care of yourself is more than just downing Vitamin C and washing your hands. Your body, mind, and mood all work in tandem. We hope these tips help give you the boost you need!