Are you stuck at home alone? Feeling a bit down and out? Maybe a bit stir crazy? We thought we’d share some tips to help you cope with self isolation at home.
1. Keep a Routine
Routine tells the mind and body that all is on track. You will be able to relax better and get through stressful times. It can also seem the days pass faster and with less hassle.
2. Light Up Your Life
Open your blinds or curtains and let as much sunshine in as you can. Turn on more indoor lights during the evening. Maybe even light up the fireplace. Light has a positive stimulus on the brain. The more natural the light is, the better. Digital light helps, too, but not quite the same.
3. Get Outside
Get some fresh air. Step outside even for a few minutes at a time. Go for a walk and take in nature. Breath deep. The fresh air can be refreshing and revitalizing.
4. Get Exercise
Your body metabolism is at its best when you exercise and move about. It gets the blood flowing. You feel better and think more clearly. Of course, talk to your doctor about an exercise routine that’s right for you. You can call us at AgeWell Medical Associates for a telehealth visit over the phone if you have questions about at-home exercises right for you.
Read books. And books are better than digital devices (TV, phone, computer) which can be hard on the eyes. Reading books or magazines is an active activity, not passive. It’s much better for the soul than watching TV or spending hours on your digital devices.
6. Start a Hobby
Might be time to get out that 1,000-piece jig saw puzzle, or play the piano, or try your hand at some new gourmet recipes. Again, anything that’s active will help you keep your mind clear and free of distractions.
Give it a try. Sit with your eyes closed and breathe deeply for 10 or 15 minutes. Try to focus on your breathing, not the busy world around you. Meditate 3, 4, 5 times a day. Meditation not only relaxes your mind, it can soothe your nerves and bring you a nice sense of overall calm.