Tired of feeling anxious, uncertain, or scared? Yeah, I am too. If you’re anything like the rest of us and have already lost countless hours watching the news, Googling symptoms, and managing minor panic attacks– then it’s time we collectively got our shit together and face time in quarantine like boss babes. A viral pandemic is pretty terrifying, but chances are, you’ve lived through harder times and you’ll live through this too.
The biggest risk you may be facing right now is not making the most of your time in lockdown. Assuming you and your loved ones are healthy, it’s time to reprogram how you go about your day so that life, growth, and fun aren’t put on hold.
Here are 7 tips to making the most of self-isolation that can fuel purposeful living even under the most uncertain circumstances.
Everyone’s experiencing anxiety now more than ever before. It can feel as if it comes out of nowhere and can consume your energy. Sometimes it lasts 15 minutes, other times it can overtake your entire day.
Get out ahead of anxiety by prioritizing the feeling of gratitude first thing in the morning. Let positive thoughts be your primary focus the first 30 minutes to an hour after waking. This can be done through prayer, meditation, or journaling. Let what you have, who you have, and all that you’re thankful for be the leading thought that guides your day. This is an ideal way to live under normal circumstances, but under the current ones an attitude of gratitude is paramount.
Protect Your Mental Health
Now is a critical time to protect and nourish your mental health. The method to sustaining a positive outlook may be different for everyone but it’s crucial that whatever it is, you do it regularly and consistently. If you need time alone to re-center, don’t feel guilty for locking yourself in the bedroom. Always take care of your mental health before you try to deal with others.
Strengthen Your Immune System
It’s time to up the green smoothies, max out your step count and top up on the supplements. It’s more likely you’ll let stress and anxiety wreck your immune system than catching coronavirus. So, enforce healthy habits will combat cortisol (the “stress” hormone that leads to weight gain and depression), to make self-isolation safer and as comfortable as possible.
If you don’t already have a supplement regimen in place, here are a few to consider taking under these unique circumstances–some may require the green light from your physician.
Alternative Supplements that strengthen the immunes defensive system:
Natural Supplements to naturally sustain energy
And above all, stay hydrated, eat as many raw fruits and veggies you can get your hands on, and exercise at least 3 times a week.
Learn Something New
If you’re not used to being in the house this often, quarantine can get really dull really quickly. But, you may never get the chance to be free of so many external distractions and time stealers which why this is an opportune time to learn something new.
If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to speak conversational Spanish, be able to pick up a paintbrush and create, sharpen your dance moves, or bake that recipe you keep putting on hold–now’s your time!
Support Your Community
Once you’ve managed to find your own internal homeostasis, give back to a community that could use some of your positive momentum. You can support your community by
- Showing kindness and compassion every chance you get
- Order takeout from local restaurants to help keep them afloat
- Donate goods you may have overstocked to the elderly
- Or simply share something positive on social media to help cut through the sad news
- Donate blood–always an easy and lifesaving option
It’s important to protect yourself and your family at this time, but any chance you have to give back is an opportunity to raise the collective vibration and share much-needed comfort and hope to those who may struggle in finding it right now.
Deepen Your Relationships
Facetiming, texting, and phone calls are more prevalent now than ever and are a saving grace to escaping the knuckleheads at home who are probably driving you crazy. You may find old friends coming out of the woodworks and might even have to dodge an ex or two.
Staying in touch on a daily or weekly basis with your nearest and dearest will be immensely cathartic in getting through quarantine. You don’t have to entertain every message coming your way, but focus your spare time having meaningful conversations with your favorite people. You can even get a bunch of you together on a group video call. Digital parties are all the rage. Get dolled up, grab your favorite wine, and have an online ball with your besties!
Let Yourself Be Lazy
This is definitely not the season for type A personalities, BUT it’s time to make an exception for your obsession with productivity. Because somedays during quarantine, it’s just not going to happen. Even if you established the most well-rounded routine, including the tips found here, there will be a time or two, or three where you just can’t find the willpower to meditate, do yoga, read, or eat vegetables.
Somedays will look like living in your Pj’s, eating leftover pizza, and staring at a screen, and that’s okay. The important thing is to love yourself no matter what your days look like or if you lose track of the last time you brushed your hair or put on makeup. Skip the guilt trips and remind yourself that this won’t last forever. You can kick ass, prioritize, reorganize, and routine your way through another day.
Change is the rule of life. As the pendulum swings to left, it must also swing to the right. Quarantine won’t last forever, so make the most of the time you’ve been given. When we all crawl out of our caves when this all passes, how will you re-emerge?