While self-isolation and being stuck inside the majority of the day can put a damper on anyone’s mood, this guide will introduce some things you can do inside or outside to keep your mind, body and spirit afloat.
FOR THE MIND
Keeping your mental health stable is one of the single-most important things you can do in a time like this:
- Go Outside! Sure, everything is just about closed out there, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get out in the sun and soak up a little Vitamin D! Whether you want to take a walk down the road, or do something more active like riding your bike, getting outside of the house will clear your mind.
- Read! The way our world is looking right now, it wouldn’t hurt to get trapped in someone else’s. Pick up an old book off your shelf. Or, buy a new one online. Reading is a tried and true way to ease the mind.
- Meditate! —Breathe in the good, exhale the bad. Meditating and focusing on getting in touch with your inner self will be beneficial for now – and for when you must go back into the real world. You’ll learn yourself well enough to know what works to keep you calm when life starts stressing you out.
FOR THE BODY
No one wants to return to a normal social life unhealthy. Keeping yourself active will not only help your mental health, but help avoid gaining, what I like to call, the “Quarantine Fifteen.”
- Take a jog. We all know the benefits of running: it gets you outside (unless you prefer a treadmill), and it keeps your heart pumping.
- Take an online fitness class. Trainers, dancers, and movers across the world are teaching virtual classes. Find someone on Instagram or any social media outlet to stay up to date with their classes. My personal favorite is Debbie Allen’s dance class on Wednesday afternoons.
FOR THE SPIRIT
Practicing some sort of daily mantra, or saying positive affirmations can help boost your esteem during low times and help you think about the positive things in life. Saying something as simple as, “I am strong. I am courageous. I can achieve anything” in the morning can get you through these long days.
Written by Jada Davis
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