The spread of COVID-19 has forced us to change our regular routines and encouraged us to find new ways to entertain ourselves. For almost everyone, this experience is entirely new, and dealing with the impact on our mental health is something we need to manage well to ensure our emotional wellbeing is as good as can be. While some have worked from home throughout their career, this isn’t the case for the majority of us. The limited access to entertainment in cities and even in more rural areas offers an opportunity to explore new horizons and find new hobbies.
When you find yourself sitting at home watching a series you’ve seen already, maybe it’s time to find something new. Sitting about and scrolling through things on your phone isn’t going to do anything for your mind. Watching sport is a good way to spend time, but it’s important to avoid flicking through online betting sites, as they can be addictive and during this economic crisis it’s best to hang onto your cash!
Unfortunately, the current situation could go on for some time. So, to ensure our readers aren’t left wondering what else to do with their time, we will offer a few alternatives to keep you busy and to add to your daily routine during the quarantine.
Yoga or deep stretching
These times are stressful. Even if you find yourself sitting around all day and thinking you’re relaxed, it’s quite normal to feel stressed. While this is the one thing most individuals look forward to after work, being confined to one space for the entire day can be tough.
To combat that, start your day off with a little zen. There is a whole host of apps that you can access for free to help you get going if you’re new to Yoga. Alternatively, if Yoga isn’t your thing, try some deep stretching, which will have much the same effect. These kinds of physical activities relieve stress, negate anxiety, and promote an improved level of general fitness. Ultimately, start your day right, exercise of any form will suffice.
Make daily calls to friends
Studies have shown that interaction is a great way of improving mental health, confidence, and feeling a connection with others can help to relieve certain anxieties. While this is true, there are the introverts among us and these types aren’t as adept to social interaction – in some cases consciously avoid it. So, while we suggest making calls daily, adapt it to your own preferences and needs.
The big point on this is the lack of connection with family members and friends we’d otherwise normally see. Although physical distancing is paramount, it doesn’t mean we can’t hop on FaceTime or a Zoom call and start talking to those that care about us. Maintaining relationships, reminiscing about old times, catching up with fun interactive games and quizzes, there are a variety of ways to enjoy yourself on calls. But, principally, we need to find the time to get out of our own headspace and listen to other people’s problems and maybe offer them some support. These kinds of chats can be cathartic and we strongly encourage them.
Go for dinners and try something new
I’m sure we’re all pretty tired of ordering food through the various delivery apps available at our fingertips. But, wouldn’t it be nice to actually try something new? Think of cuisine that you’ve never tried before – Korean, Vietnamese, Scottish? The options are plentiful. Moreover, right now, restaurants are offering great deals, so be sure to take advantage of them.
But it doesn’t have to be restaurants. The arts have suffered greatly during the lockdown. From that have come some great and innovative new ideas. A variety of museums are offering virtual tours, which is a great way to learn something new and broaden your horizons. Take a tour!
“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body” is a great quote from an old English writer named Joseph Addison. During these exceptional times, this is exactly what we need. Finding the time to read is unlikely to be too much of a problem.
So, do some research online. Check the reviews and find a book that suits you. Explore new authors, tackle new genres, and open your mind up to new experiences. Discovery is gratifying and finding a new author to entertain you will provide you with a sense of balance and allow you to lose yourself in a world that may be more appealing than the one we’re currently experiencing!