Is being stuck in the house testing the limits of your sanity? If you’re like me, you’re trying to navigate this whole new world we’re in while also being frustrated, confused, and anxious. The old ways of coping don’t seem to be working anymore. From my research, the key to coping in quarantine is (to the best of your ability) adapting the things you once loved doing to a home-friendly format. This is also a unique time where you can try to incorporate new activities to your coping skill toolbox.
If going to the gym was your stress reliever… Throw on your best workout attire, make some room in your living room, and do some at-home workouts! Many gyms are offering online workout classes (some even through Zoom, so you can still have the feel of an in-person class). Try to keep the same workout routine and schedule you had before. If you were the type of person to work out before the sun came up, set your alarm and keep that going.
If you’re looking for a new hobby… Flex your creative muscle! Paint, draw, color, create – the possibilities are endless. Art has an incredible ability to calm and relax us when we are stressed. This is a great way to get your kids and family involved as well!
If you just need time to breathe… YouTube is a great resource for guided meditation and progressive muscle relaxation videos. Explore your App store and find apps such as Calm or Headspace for some quiet time. Light some candles, turn off the lights, and listen to calming sounds such as ocean waves.
If you’re getting cabin fever… Go for a walk outside (but remember social distancing!) Appreciate nature. Practice mindfulness – notice the sounds of nature, the colors of the sky, the trees, your surroundings. Keep a gratitude journal to maintain a positive perspective.
If you need to vent… Keep in contact with your friends virtually – FaceTime, Zoom, Skype, and other video conference apps are essential to maintain your social connections and avoid isolation. If venting to your friends isn’t enough, many therapists are offering teletherapy during this time – including Calm Mind Counseling Center!
And as a bonus – remember that we’re all in this together, and this too shall pass.