I know that most of you are itching to get out, have lunch with friends or family, and shop in a store without fear.
But it’s going to be quite some time yet before all of that happens.
We’re near 400,000 US citizens dead in less than a year, and it’s increasing every day. Unfortunately ever more potent strains have been discovered.
So we have to find ways to stay sane while staying at home.
Listen To Music:
I had not listened to music in years until recently. I don’t even turn on the radio in my car because the noise coupled with traffic just makes me feel more anxious.
But on a whim I went to YouTube recently and found piano music, which I was always drawn to. I found musicians I didn’t even know about, but found that their music soothed me.
The melody seems to take hold of me and ease my worries and calm my fears.
Whereas I have always loved a good book, now I have embraced it even more. I spend time perusing the books on Amazon and Good Reads, which I also enjoy doing.
Every night before bedtime I read for at least an hour instead of having the TV on.
Then I either give the books I’ve read to Kasi or donate them to this apartment complex so others can read them.
Plan Your Spring Garden:
This is something I do every year anyway. But now it seems even more important. Gardening in your yard or on your patio is a safe hobby to indulge in and look forward to.
Look through catalogs online, choose which plants or seeds you think you want to plant, and put them into an online cart. There they will stay until you’ve made your final decision.
I plan to start doing that this weekend because it gives me a sense of purpose.
Write Down Your Thoughts:
If you have a journal, write your thoughts and fears down there.
Of course I write everyday. It is an outlet that has always been important to me.
Writing words down seems to cement them, make them more real.
The act of writing has always been therapeutic to me. It gives me a place to put my feelings and rid myself of anxiety.
Cozy Up Your Home:
Naturally your surroundings are of vital importance.
Dig through the closet and bring out decor items you love and find a place for them.
Framed family photos are important to make you feel connected during a time of isolation. Place them where you can walk past them every day.
Move the furniture around and clean up all the dust bunnies underneath, thus killing two birds with one stone. Just changing things up always makes me feel better.
I imagine just the physical work releases serotonin because any type of exercise does that.
Order House Plants:
Did you know you can order house plants online? I didn’t until this whole pandemic thing began. I already had lots of them, so I haven’t had to do that yet.
Woody’s Garden Goods has plants for sale online. I find it fun just looking at their stock. Their prices seem reasonable to me if the plants are already in nice pots. Buying plant pots these days isn’t cheap.
You can even sign up for a monthly subscription box to be delivered to your door at House Plant Box. That might be a fun option because then you have something to look forward to each month.
And of course there’s Amazon. They have live plants as well.
I find that tending to my plants relaxes me.
You can’t go out to a gym, but there are other ways to get plenty of exercise.
Regular exercise can positively impact serotonin levels in your brain. Raising your levels of serotonin boosts your mood and overall sense of well-being.
It can also help improve your appetite and sleep cycles, which are often negatively affected by depression.
Regular exercise also helps balance your body’s level of stress hormones, such as adrenaline. Adrenaline plays a crucial role in your fight-or-flight response, but too much of it can damage your health.
Began A Yoga Regimen:
The practice of yoga melts away all the toxins accumulated in your body from daily stress, tension or anxiety.
Yoga is said to increase resilience, which is the ability of a person to “bounce back” and adapt to stressful or adverse situations.
Individuals with greater resilience tend to recover from illnesses, trauma, and perceived stress quicker.
Benefits Of Meditation:
Meditation is the process of training your mind to focus and redirect your thoughts.
You can use it to increase awareness of yourself and your surroundings. Many people think of it as a way to reduce stress and develop concentration.
People also use the practice to develop other beneficial habits and feelings. Meditation is said to bring about a more positive mood and outlook, self-discipline, healthy sleep patterns, and even increased pain tolerance.
Practice Deep Breathing For Relaxation:
- Sit comfortably in a chair with your feet on the floor or lie down. Place one hand on your stomach, and the other hand over your heart.
- Inhale slowly through your nose until you feel your stomach rise
- Hold your breath for a count to three
- Exhale slowly, feeling your stomach fall
Do Something For Others:
Doing something for someone else always promotes a sense of satisfaction.
Bake banana bread or muffins, wrap them up and put them on a neighbor’s porch. Then call them and tell them you’ve left a little gift out there for them.
It will make you both feel better.
This is a time to be good to yourself. People who are isolated tend to become depressed.
Light the candles, put on some soothing music, and those four walls you felt caged by will seem more like a cozy refuge.
The simple act of making my bed every day gives me a sense of satisfaction.
Cook good nutritious food, even if you live alone. Especially if you live alone.
Anxiety and fear can be paralyzing. It’s all about control. You can’t control what’s going on in the world.
But you can control your own environment to a point. Do things that bring you joy and lessens anxiety.