These are strange and trying times for many people. Regardless of age, sex, race, religion, and even socioeconomic status, the COVID-19 outbreak is stressing out people all over the world.
While there is no easy solution for keeping calm and relaxed these days, there are many ways to keep your mind in a good state and working condition until things subside, as we slowly transition into a post-COVID-19 way of life.
Establish a routine
It’s easy to become a slave to the unproductive “eat and sleep” routine when you are locked down at home. If you keep an organized routine, you are keeping your mind active and inspired, too.
Your quarantine routine does not have to be as strict as your routine schedule, but a plan for the day will help in keeping you from feeling bored and depressed at home.
If you’re a student, you can hit the books and study in advance or check out topics that interest you.
Control your news intake
It’s essential to stay updated about what’s happening outside our home. Since our movements are limited, it is natural for us to be curious about the things that are happening all around the globe.
Because most of the news is about COVID-19 or related to the virus, we become increasingly anxious about bad news that we see or read online. Increased stress levels due to an increase in the production of adrenaline can be unhealthy in the long term.
If you find that watching the news makes you stressed and anxious, you should then limit the amount of information that you take in daily.
Take advantage of technological innovations
The Internet seems to be saving millions of people from boredom and breaking down due to isolation. Use technology to stimulate your mind, so it remains active and healthy.
Find online games that you like, such as online quizzes and mystery games. If you miss going to the casino, there are online casinos in the UK that you can enjoy and even win real money from, too.
Use the Internet to connect with friends and family. You can either message them, and even video call them so that you are updated with how they are coping during this time of crisis.
Many online resources let you learn a new skill, such as web design, cooking, and even learn a new language. There are so many things that you can do online to keep your mind active and away from the stresses brought about by COVID-19.
Read a book
You probably have a pile of books that are waiting to be read at home. Now is the perfect time for you to catch up on your reading. Many organizations are allowing free access to their virtual libraries, so make sure to check those out as well.
Learn a new skill
If you’ve always wanted to learn how to paint, crochet, or bake, there is no reason for you to delay doing them now that you are at home. Although most of these require the use of your hands, the challenge that a new skill offers will keep your mind busy, too.
Most importantly, you need to give your mind some time to relax. You can do this through meditation. Meditation is a powerful practice that will strengthen your mind and ward off external stressors.