Distraction is a very valid tool to help you cope when everything feels overwhelming or when you feel lonely or isolated. Give yourself a to-do list every day: you can clean and take care of projects around your home, work on hobbies, connect with family or friends, read a new book and catch up on your favorite TV shows. When normal schedules are disrupted, it’s easy to fall into unhelpful habits like mindlessly scrolling through social media for hours. Look for ways to keep yourself on track with healthier habits. You could set yourself goals every day or turn activities into a fun competition with friends or family—whoever takes the most language classes wins.
1. Reach out to people
Staying at home does not mean that you cannot reach out to near and dear ones. While living in self-isolation, use social networks to talk to people when under stress. Anxiety gets overwhelming, and talking about our fears with others, within the constraints of the given situation could help maintain mental health and help recover from the disease faster.
2. Clear out your wardrobe
Dedicate your newfound time and attention to sorting out your clothes, declutter your home, omit items you haven’t worn for 12 months, and co-ordinating clothes into sections so it’s easier to browse in the mornings. This is a great opportunity to get inspired by new outfits or rediscover an old favorite.
3. Maintain self-care
Even while in isolation, you should eat well, take proper rest, and exercise. It is important to keep busy and active within the confines of the house. Sitting idle could only lead to emotional distress and physical tension.
4. Give yourself a manicure
Sometimes it’s the small things in life that make us feel better, with a fresh manicure being up there. Take some time for yourself, push your cuticles down, slather on some hand cream and choose a shade that makes you smile from ear to ear.
5. Do not feel embarrassed
Yes, you are in self-quarantine, but so are millions of others around the world. There is no need to feel embarrassed or stigmatized.
6. Read a book
It’s time to read that book that’s been sat on your shelf for the last few months. Get inspired by a best-selling memoir, indulge in a celeb-approved book, or escape to a different world for a few hours. Hot drink and blanket desirable.
7. Do a crossword/Sudoku
Looking for something a bit more challenging? Put your brain to the test and do a crossword or Sudoku puzzle and see how far you can get. There are lots of online crosswords or word puzzles which means you don’t have to leave the house to have a go.