With the shift for people to be at home more and only leave their homes for the essentials like food, supplies, work, and medical appts, it’s enough to drive anyone crazy when you’re not used to it.
At first, you’ll love it b/c you are at home, there’s no traffic to fight, Susan in Accounting ain’t breathing down your neck or clocking your bathroom breaks, and the bed is not far from your office. I mean, what a match made in heaven, right?
Well, what do you do when the days start running into each other? When you don’t know if it’s the weekday or the weekend? When you really get tired of looking at your four-walls, no matter how nicely they are painted or decorated. When you’ve worn the same ratty robe all week and you start to feel, not so fresh? You’ll realize that something has to give. So, here are some tips to help you and your mental health stay on track.
Listen, being isolated and socially distancing yourself and family when we are naturally social beings can take our minds to dark places. I have even heard people say that they are feeling “cabin fever-y” even when they stayed home before the COVID-19 and social distancing stuff started. I mean, I get it!
It can be smothering to stay at home when you have to vs when you are forced to, but think about it… You can leave to go for a walk or get some fresh air, which I recommend. You can open your window and let the fresh air flow through your home. You can move to the living room or sit on the front or back porch for a while. Or you can go for a run to get your adrenaline pumping and those endorphins kicking.
My main goal is to take into account our mental health b/c a lot of people tend to forget it when they are at home so much. I mean, this is a very stressful time and we have to remember that we need love and care too. Yes, you have the time, but what are you doing with that time? Are you making sure to open the blinds and let the sunshine in? Keeping up with your water intake? Cooking more? Showering daily? Making each day different from the others? Not sitting down in long stretches? Are you RESTING?!
Let’s also not forget how powerful our brains are and how we only use 10% of it regularly, which can vary for different people. However, we have to realize that our brains control the body. What we think and what we feel can be a reality if we focus on it long and hard enough. Take this time at home to discover some new hobbies or rest or clean or whatever, but do so with the idea to keep it going even once things return to whatever our new normal will be moving forward.
Since we don’t know how long this pandemic will last or how long social activities will be shut down or how long people will be forced to stay home until it’s under control, just remember to take care of yourselves as well. ❤