Being cooped up in quarantine during the Covid-19 pandemic has been a challenge for all of us. People are struggling with things like job loss, loneliness, and depression. Isolation can be a huge difficultly for even the most independent people. Here are a few things you can do to help keep your spirits up during this challenging time.
Daily exercise is a great way to help you stay active and positive while in quarantine. If you struggle to know where to start, you can look up easy or simple exercise routines on health websites. You can also start following fitness instructors on social media. YouTube is full of exercise ideas, from yoga instructors to walk you through different poses, to fitness enthusiasts with ideas on how to create your own gym with the things you have around the house. Whatever your exercise needs are, you are bound to find solutions with a quick internet search. Even if you aren’t in the mood, take the time to get your body moving, you’ll feel a lot better once you do.
Maybe you’re struggles are less physical and more mental. If you find the isolation is making you feel lonely, there are solutions available. You can try meditation to help cope with loneliness. There are many apps available to help walk you through meditation if you’re a beginner. You can also try silent meditation, where you sit and focus on your breathing and on your surroundings without listening to a guided meditation track. Silent meditation can take some practice, but I personally have found it very helpful while in quarantine. If silent meditation is too, well, silent, you can also meditate to some calming background noise, like the sound of rain or the ocean. These types of white noises can also be found in apps and in online videos. Meditation can help you deal with the stress and anxiety of isolation, be sure to give it a try.
Another way to deal with loneliness is to reach out to your friends and family. You can check up on your loved ones through social media. Scrolling through your friend’s pictures online is sure to cheer you up. You can also text or call your family or friends. A nice long chat with a loved one may be just what you need to feel better. And your friends and family will be so pleased to know that you were thinking of them. Hearing from you may be just the thing your loved ones need as well.
You can also reach out to your loved ones via snail mail. I love sending letters and postcards to my friends decorated with stickers and drawings. You can also send out announcements for important events you may have had to cancel. When I want to send out a nice, well-made announcement or invite, I always go with Basic Invite. They have wedding invitations, graduation announcements, birthday cards, business cards, and so much more. You can also customize any of their cards exactly how you want it, from font to color scheme. Sending out announcements to loved ones isn’t as satisfying as throwing a party, but it is pretty fun. Get in touch with your loved ones through mail, whether it’s an important announcement or just to say hello. You’ll be glad you did.
Even though things are tough right now, it’s important to remember that we will all pull through this. Reach out to your friends through mail or over the phone, meditate, exercise, and most importantly, stay positive. We will all get through this difficult time, and if we stay upbeat, we might even find some things to enjoy despite it all.