10 Ways to Thrive During This Pandemic
Through these challenging times, it seems as if there’s no end in sight. You may be feeling anxious, stressed, or even isolated. That’s okay because it’s only natural during times like these. While a lot of people are experiencing negative thoughts and feelings, maybe including yourself, how can you thrive during times like this? Well, the good news is that it is possible with these 10 tips.
#1 Socialize with Friends and Family
Studies have shown that when humans take a break and socialize, it can help reduce stress. Whether it’s taking a simple break at work and talking with a co-worker or partaking in a Zoom meeting with family and friends, take the time to do so to overcome any isolation feelings you may be experiencing. If you don’t have anyone to talk to, consider joining a Facebook group to find a virtual buddy/group who can help pass the time.
#2 Work Out
Even though the gyms may be closed, it doesn’t mean you can’t work out. Whether it be running around the neighborhood or following along with a YouTuber online, basic exercises are known to put yourself in a better mood, improve your health, and if need be, help you shed some pounds. If you need that extra motivation, you can get paid to work out, too!
#3 Spend Time with Nature
The outdoors is known to be critical to your brain health. Without that connection to nature, you could continue to feel negative thoughts. Even if it’s stepping outside for a half-hour, make it an effort to take in a breath of fresh air. In doing so, this can help reduce stress and even increase your productivity.
#4 Learn an Instrument
If you already know how to play an instrument, then start playing! This is a great way to help pass the time and even help get the creative juices flowing again. Even if you don’t know how to do so, there’s no need for an in-person school because there are so many awesome lessons on YouTube and Udemy.
#5 Cook and Find New Recipes
We all need to eat, right? So, why not take the time to learn a new recipe. Try a new cuisine or even pick out a dish that looks satisfying. Cooking can help burn an hour, maybe two, and help you eat healthier.
Everyone loves a good book. Like a movie or TV show, pick out your favorite genre and start reading. There are thousands out there and it’s almost a guarantee there’s one waiting for you. If you want to buy a book, head to Amazon and maybe buy a few. If you don’t feel like spending the cash and/or you don’t like the idea of a hardcover book, consider using your library card and taking advantage of the free online eBook libraries such as OverDrive. Books are a great form of entertainment, and sometimes, it won’t cost you a cent.
#7 Move Around
One of the problems with this pandemic is that you may be experiencing the same schedule repeatedly. This can be a problem because your surroundings stay static. If you fail to change your routine, then this can lead to cognitive problems. The lesson here is to make it a habit to move around at least every 30 minutes. Whether it’s a quick walk to the mailbox or even a jog around the block, moving can exert your cognitive function. Just move, no matter where, and you should be okay.
#8 Take a Break
This one kind of co-aligns with moving around, but I wanted to include this tip in its own section. As quarantine can become monotonous, it’s so important to take a break so that your brain can recharge and feel like new again. Studies have shown that breaks can help reduce your exhaustion levels and even increase your health due to stress relief.
#9 Calm Down
Summing up a few of my points above, you need to find what calms you. Whether it’s sitting by the pool or meditating in a dark room, the best thing you can do is to relieve that stress. Staying calm can help reduce your stress levels and even release any tension you may be feeling. I may have not covered it here but look at what has worked in the past and start applying those strategies today.
#10 Acknowledge There’s Uncertainty
Lastly, it is important to know that is okay to worry sometimes, but just let it be known that these feelings may pass, even as situations change. Just reassure yourself that life will start again someday, and we are just experiencing bumps in the road right now. If you can find your safe spot and keep your mind off the current day events, life can go on.
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The outbreak has affected everyone in some way or another, but if you fail to do something, it can affect you even more. This isn’t something that you want to do. For now, take advantage of these strategies to hopefully overcome and thrive during these hard times. And, over time, this shall pass and the world should be back to where it was before.