These uncertain times have the potential to knock your mental health into all sorts of whack. COVID 19 is undoubtedly something severe, and you have all the reason to fret over it, but there are many different ways to balance this nervousness. From exercise to meditation, there are plenty of simple, daily activities that you can use to keep your mind at peace. So, continue reading for 10 tips to stay sane during quarantine.
1. Keep A Routine
We, as humans, are comfortable with familiarity. We like routine. Whether it be as simple as waking up at the same time and eating breakfast or going for a run at the same time, try to do it daily. I personally made my morning routine where I wake up at 7 am, go on my phone for about 10 minutes, journal, eat my favorite strawberry Chobani yogurt, and then get to work.
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I try to get some exercise in during the morning, but I don’t force myself to do it because I know that I can’t do everything. That’s why I try to personally stick to these 10 tips to stay sane during quarantine.
You are going to come across all different kinds of tips, and I want you to remember to keep an open mind. Don’t shut out the idea of doing something different just because it’s different. You have to remember that these are different times, and different problems require different solutions. So, be open to trying something new, it could be just what you need to cure your quarantine blues.
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3. Daily Walk
Out of these 10 tips to stay sane during quarantine, walking is probably the most underestimated. However, walking is such a fantastic way to get your body moving. And doing it daily is even better.
I know scrolling through Instagram, you’ll probably see plenty of IG models sharing their extensive workout regimens, but don’t feel pressured be superhuman every day. They don’t even do that every day. Just something as simple as walking will, without a doubt, restore you in no time.
4. Morning Meditation
You know that grogginess you feel when you wake up — even if you got 7+ hours? Don’t you hate it? Yeah, me too. However, I found an excellent way to get through it— and it’s not coffee. It’s meditation!
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5. Get Off The Internet
This tip doesn’t necessarily mean to get off the Internet entirely, but you need to give yourself a break from the news and social media. Constant exposure to COVID 19 information, as necessary as it is, is not good for your mental health when you read and listen to them 24/7. So, I recommend taking a break from anything related to news, media, or current events once a day, even if only for 30 minutes to an hour.
6. Set A Goal
Now, remember you do not have to be a superhero every day, but this is a perfect time to set a fun goal. Think back to when you were super busy with work or school or your kids, can you remember anything you had thought “I wish could…”? We, people, are odd creatures in that we want what we can’t have.
When I’m busy, I think of a million different things that I wish I could do that I plan to do. But then when I’m bored, all I do is watch Netflix. What happened to all those million-dollar ideas I had?
Well, their still there; you just have to look back, put some time and effort into figuring out what you’ve always wanted to do and do it!
7. Read A Book
Now, this tip plays along well with the “Get Off The Internet” tip. I don’t know if you feel the same way, but I genuinely love to read. However, I’m quite particular with what I’ll read. For example— and this happens all the time— if I’m reading a book and I get the slightest bit of boredom from it, I’ll put it on my shelf and never touch it again.
So, try and find a book that you will genuinely like. Whether it be sci-fi, teen romance, or an old folktale book, or maybe you’re into nonfiction, whatever it is, I highly recommend finding one. A few of the top books that are under $15 that I’ve read this year are Coincidence Makers, The Chemist, and finally How To Be An Anti Racist.
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8. Write Down Your Schedule
Writing down your schedule is essential for those of us — I included — who likes to procrastinate. Whether it be in a notebook or a calendar, or a weekly or daily schedule, write it down. I personally write my weekly schedule and list everything that I must get done each day, usually the most essential thing for that day.
I usually only put down one or two things that I must do because I don’t want to overwhelm myself. And then each day of that week, I’ll use up another page solely for that day of the week.
I’ll write down all the little goals for that day that I want to get down, don’t have to get done. I find this works the best for me because it makes me feel more accomplished when I get the prioritized goals down each day, whether or not I get the side goals done. I actually won’t take credit for this idea. I got it from one of my favorite minimalists, Matt D’Avella.
If you’re into productivity and minimalism, like me, I certainly recommend watching him on YouTube.
9. Eat Family Dinner
If you usually eat dinner as a family, then skip this tip and just go to number 10. But if you don’t regularly eat dinner together, then keep reading. While we all socially distance and isolate in our homes, a significant threat to our mental health is loneliness.
We begin to feel alone, even if our homes are wild and lively. My family has had dinners together ever since I can remember. And from the political conversations to the philosophical discussions that occur, it is genuinely something I missed having gone off to college.
Now that I’m back, I can truly cherish the family dinners again, and it is undoubtedly my favorite part of the day—just the simple act of getting together and talking with each other and enjoying each other’s company.
10. Just Relax
After reading all of these 10 tips to stay sane during quarantine, you may just be thinking about how unmotivated you are. Trust me; I know that feeling oh so well. But don’t worry, I figured out that I felt much better when I didn’t expect anything from myself.
If you’re feeling anxious from all the pressure to be “productive” during quarantine, then ignore ALL the previous tips and just relax. Do something you find comforting and fun. I know this sounds bad, but it is entirely OK to ignore your responsibilities for a day or two. You don’t always have to be in pursuit of happiness, for once, just let happiness come to you.
It is also crucial that you try your best to stay calm. I know during these mandatory stay-at-home orders; people aren’t necessarily going to get along with whoever they have to stay at home with. But try your best to remain calm. Attempt to defuse any confrontations with those who you’re at home with.
Now Go Kick Quarantine In The Butt!
I hope you enjoyed reading these 10 tips to stay sane during quarantine. I genuinely try my best to use each of these every day or as much as I can. I’ve found that they benefit my mental health and I’ve felt better ever since I started using them. So, I hope you try them and that they help you just as much as they’ve helped me. Now go kick quarantine in the butt!