HOW TO STAY SANE WHEN YOU ARE COOPED UP INDOORS
A Guide to Making the Most of Self-Isolation During a Crisis
You’re bored. You’ve locked yourself at home, questioning when venturing outside for groceries or to do laundry won’t feel like a dangerous covert mission. Your hands are cracked and raw from the repeated handwashing, you’ve binged the entirety of a multi-seasoned show and now, you’re just left wondering what else is there to do.
Being cooped up is tough, especially when it’s by force. Even with roommates or family members around, your day-to-day can leave you feeling stagnant. What forms of entertainment are there when you’re stuck inside the same place for most, if not all, of the day?
Sheltering-in-place can leave you feeling loopy after an extended period of time, sure, but there are ways to make the most of this ongoing self-isolation period in order to get through this coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
1. Keep Up With a Routine
Even if you’re getting work done from the couch, that doesn’t mean you should stay in the same pair of crusty old sweats for seven days straight. Get up, brush your teeth and put on some new clothes in order to have the day-to-day feel as normal as any other.
Try to maintain as much of your normal routines, in this abnormal situation.
2. Have a Conversation With Someone Other Than Yourself
This is especially important for all those living that studio or 1-bedroom lifestyle.
Social distancing might be what’s recommended, but that doesn’t mean you should close yourself off from the outside world entirely. Now’s the time to maintain (or even expand) upon the contact you had with family, friends and colleagues via FaceTime, Google Hangouts or other types of video services.
3. Break a Sweat
With gyms and other boutique fitness studios shut down for the foreseeable future, the only alternative location for breaking a sweat is your own home. If you’re not someone who owns an array of weights, medicine balls and other various workout equipment, that doesn’t mean you can’t get your body moving doing menial tasks.
4. Establish Rules for Yourself and Whomever You Live With
Once the cabin fever sets in, you may want to take out your feelings of irritation and anger on those living with you (but quite frankly, they are not going anywhere anytime soon).
For those sharing their space with others for the time being, structure is key.
5. Be Active in Managing Anxiety
Now’s not the time to question why you’re feeling this way.
The uncertainties of the future can leave anyone a bit on edge, but right now, it’s important to know that you aren’t the only one with that anxious pit in your stomach. That said, you need to be proactive in keeping it in check.
6. Remember That This Isn’t Permanent
Whether we’re stuck indoors for one more month or three, whether we turn ghostly pale and suffer a setback on plans for a rockin’ 2020 summer bod, remember that at some point, things will turn around. With this being such an unprecedented time for many, there is this sense of wondering whether life will ever go back to the way they used to be. To ease your worry, the answer is yes, it will. Unfortunately, we just have to be patient.