At the turn of 2020, nobody could have guessed how drastically the world could change in the upcoming three months. We’ve quickly found ourselves in a situation where a lot of the world population are on lockdown and being advised to stay in their own homes. If you fall into one of these countries, and especially if you live alone, you may be feeling a little worried or concerned about how you’re going to cope with suddenly being stuck alone 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The good news is that there are plenty of coping mechanisms out there that can make the best of this worrisome time. Here are a few tips and tricks that may help you!
Do a Home Workout
It’s important that you still maintain your fitness while you’re home. It’s recommended that the average adult gets one hundred and fifty minutes of moderate aerobic exercise a week, or seventy five minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise a week. This recommendation still stands while you stay indoors. Now, you’re not going to be head down to the gym or head out to a fitness class. But you can craft a pretty effective home workout. This can be made to suit your requirements and preferences. You can do a home circuit, consisting of squats, squat jumps, burpees, sit ups, crunches, planks and more. You can pick up yoga or pilates and follow online tutorials. You can incorporate home fitness equipment such as exercise balls, resistance bands, hand held weights and more to boost your workout. Whatever you do, just make sure to be safe and never push yourself too far. Generally, gentle exercise will be best and prove sufficient for the time being. The best part about this? Not only will it help you to stay in shape, but exercise releases positive endorphins in our brains – these are essentially feel-good chemicals that can help lift your mood!
Have a Little Fun
So many of us feel the need to be completely productive with this extra time we’re finding on our hands. But go easy on yourself. You don’t have to write the world’s next bestselling novel and you don’t have to learn a new language in a matter of weeks. What you can do? Have a little fun. Engage in simple activities that can keep your mind occupied and bring a smile to your face. Why not read a book you’ve had sitting on your shelf untouched for a while? Why not binge watch a TV series you enjoy? If you like puzzles, you can find a lot of joy when you have a sudoku monthly subscription. Sometimes the simplest of things can bring the biggest smiles to our faces!
Make Use of Tech
There are so many ways to keep in touch with people without seeing them on a face to face basis nowadays. Text. Email. Message on social media. Call. Video call. These are all options that can help to keep you social in a safe way!
These are just a few suggestions. What will best suit you will depend on you as an individual! Whatever you choose to do with your time in isolation, do your utmost to foster and maintain a positive outlook!