As we face the serious threat of COVID-19, many of us are forced to stay at home to weather out the crisis and are struggling to find ways to stay occupied and calm. But even during this difficult situation of self-isolation or forced quarantine, there are several things we can all do to stay calm and mentally healthy.
Hygge your space and mind
The word hygge is derived from Danish and means something like “wellbeing”, although there’s no real direct translation into English. It implies the feeling of contentment and wellness encouraged by the mood of coziness and comfort of home.
It’s a feeling of relaxation and a sense of safety which can be promoted by having the right personal setup in your home. For instance, you can make your living room cozier by using the warm glow of pillar candles.
You could also use scented candles to promote hygge in your living room or bedroom. If your place is cozy, your mind will be more relaxed. Grab your chunkiest blanket and cozy up with a great book and you’re living as hygge intends.
Refresh your décor
It might be just a matter of time before boredom and anxiety sets in while spending extended time at home. Why not try refreshing your décor? You’ll have a task to set your mind on, and the result will be a welcoming, creative change.
Take some time to get the things done you’ve been putting off
Have you been trying to finish reading a novel or even writing one? Have you been procrastinating about learning to play a musical instrument or want to absorb yourself in learning a new language? Now there’s time to do some of the things you always wanted to do but you were simply too busy to do them.
Yoga, walks, and exercise
Physical exercise like yoga, brisk walks, and strength exercises will help you not only to improve your physical health but will also help keep you sane and mentally focused. It also helps you deal with stress and anxiety as feel-good neurochemicals like dopamine and endorphins are released during exercise.
Keeping the norm - staying in virtual touch with your everyday contacts
Even when you’re quarantined in your home, you can use technology to stay in contact with loved ones, friends, and colleagues. It’s even possible to attend virtual church services or participate in online fundraisers to support the frontline healthcare workers.