Another month of quarantine can be worrisome for many, especially if you’re not taking care of yourself during it. It can be easy to forget about your mental and physical health when it seems like everyone is struggling with their new normal. However, spending hours quarantined by yourself or even with others can have an effect on your well-being, which is why you should use this time to better yourself and your life during self-isolation.
If you’re not sure how to improve, not just your day-to-day but yourself then follow these 5 tips.
Pay Attention to Your Health
Even if you’re not feeling any symptoms that have you worried, you should always take care of your health. Taking care of your bodies throughout quarantine will only provide you with more energy and help you live a better quality of life. Although most medical professionals are urging people to stay home unless of an emergency, there are still ways to take precautions in case there are any difficulties in regard to your health. Telemedicine companies are great to get connected with a virtual primary care provider that will be able to digitally talk you through your symptoms, diagnosis, and possible treatments.
Your health doesn’t just stop at doctors’ appointments. Staying active, and maintaining a healthy diet can help improve your mood and keep you from developing any serious health conditions. Even small changes can help make a positive impact, like taking breaks during the day and going for a walk. There is also an array of free online fitness classes that can help you get started on your fitness journey. Even if your intentions are to work out for twenty minutes a day, developing these healthy habits will reduce anxiety and give your mind an outlet.
Daily routines are important to keep the day going. You might be accustomed to spending countless hours on the couch, however, that can cause days to drag even more. Create a daily routine to keep things moving. Your day-to-day doesn’t have to be packed with activities, simply creating a healthy intentional routine will help you develop habits that can help improve your well-being and help you feel less overwhelmed with your free time. Making a couple of changes a day, like getting out of bed at a consistent time or working out for thirty minutes per day will add structure to your week.
If an organization is not your strong suit then consider creating a check-list or a to-do list every morning to encourage you to keep moving from task to task. You can even consider downloading an online to-do list or purchasing a weekly planner to keep track of your days. If you’re working from home, then get out of your bed and create an office space within your home. Creating a designated space for work can minimize distractions while making it easier to disassociate your work life from your home life. It can also inspire your work and help you get more tasks done.
This can be an extremely lonely time for many, so reach out to the people that matter most. Not everyone has the ability to quarantine with a family or a friend, and by checking in you are reminding them that they matter. Everyone needs a support system during these uncertain and difficult times, so whether you send a care-package or simply pick up the phone, just try to make the effort. It will also benefit the people in your life and your mental well-being.
If you’re tired of the same old Facetime and phone calls, then consider shaking things up for you and your loved ones. Create a virtual book club using video chatting conferences, like Zoom, to help stay connected and also give yourself something new to talk about. You can also host your very own virtual happy hour after work for your co-workers and you to decompress and reconnect. There are many ways to reach out and show people that you care, so don’t hesitate and socialize!
Do Things For You
Are there any hobbies or activities that you had to put off because of your hectic schedule? Well, this can be the perfect opportunity to revisit or discover new passions. If you have always enjoyed knitting or writing but rarely had the chance in recent years to indulge because of work and family, then set aside time and give yourself a chance to revisit these old passions. Whether you chose to set aside time once a week or daily, giving yourself the opportunity to do something you enjoy will keep you proactive and sane throughout self-isolation.
In order to maintain a happy and healthy relationship with yourself, you should also make time for self-care. Self-care can mean a variety of things, from treating yourself to an at-home spa day for a little relaxing fun, to trying out a prescription anti-aging cream that helps improve your skin’s appearance and gets you ready for any post-quarantine reunions. Self-care can also mean giving yourself an hour to sit in silence if that’s what you want; it’s all about checking in with your inner self and doing things that make you feel good.
Quarantine is no walk in the park, and if you don’t do things that will have a positive impact on your overall health, then you will not only be miserable but struggle to get through it. Use this time to better yourself and focus on what makes you feel your absolute best.
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