Many of us are currently spending an awful lot of time in our homes with our families. Whether you are self-isolating completely, or just practicing effective social distancing and spending as much time as you can away from other people and public places, you might suddenly find that you are spending more time in your house than you are used to. While most of us know that we are doing the right thing, protecting our health services, and more vulnerable members of the community, that doesn’t necessarily make it easy.
Cabin fever might soon set in. You might find that you miss your friends and family, or that you get bored very quickly. After a few weeks, you may struggle to know what day it is, and simple pleasures can be hard to find. Social contact is good for our mental health, and many of us will find being at home so much tricky, to begin with. But it doesn’t have to be that bad. In fact, once you’ve adjusted, it can actually start to be fun. Here’s a look at some tips to help you to get through the current health crisis more easily.
Give Yourself Something to Look Forward To
This isn’t the best time to travel, and you might be worried about booking trips, even close to home. But, having things to look forward to is a wonderful way to improve your mood. Look at fun breaks from New and Gauley River Adventures, search for events in your local area, and if possible, think about booking tickets for next summer. Just writing a list of things that you want to do when this is all over, can be enough to remind you that it will, one day be over.
Get into a Routine
Routines are great for our mental health and in situations like this, they help to give a sense of normality. Find a routine that works, you don’t have to get up at your usual time, or stick to the kid’s bedtimes, but you should have a routine that breaks the days up. You might want to eat at the same times, do home learning in the mornings, and crafts in the afternoons. You may want to give yourself an hour to exercise, or to clean and tidy. Your routine doesn’t have to be the same as everyone else, but it should work for you.
Keep Making an Effort
It can be tempting to spend all of your time in your PJs. But this can be a mistake. The odd PJ day won’t hurt but the rest of the time, have a shower, get dressed, and keep making at least a bit of an effort.
Write a List of Big Jobs Around the House
Having big jobs to tackle can give you a sense of achievement and help the time to pass. So, write a list of chores that you’ve been meaning to tackle and get on with it.
Keep in Touch with Friends and Family
Social contact is crucial even if you can’t go out. Keep in touch with video chats and messages.
Find New Ways to Exercise
Exercise is another excellent way to boost your mood and mental health. Look for online workouts and enjoy getting some fresh air in your garden.