There is an entire universe of free yoga classes on YouTube , and some instructors are live-streaming their classes from home. If you are not in actual quarantine, go for a walk or run outside, while keeping your distance from others.
I’m a complete beginner, and I already feel like this is something I should have been doing for a long time. Try using a guided meditation app like Headspace or find one on Youtube that you enjoy.
Limit your time online
Scrolling through social media, especially in times of crisis will only exacerbate anxiety and stress. Set time aside where you do not have your phone and try some of the other strategies outlined in this post.
Take a bath
A relaxing bath can made even better with bubbles, salts, oils, candles, and face masks. There is more inspiration here in our "You Deserve Me Time" post!
Think about what you’re grateful for
You can do this in a journal, writing down one gratitude a day, or doodling out people, pets, and other things you’re grateful for in a sketchbook. Its also fun to take a mason jar (which everyone has laying around) and create a "happiness jar". Rip up a few pieces of paper and write down 10-30 affirmations or things you're grateful for and place them in your jar for a rainy, anxiety ridden day.
Embrace a hobby
Partake in a hobby that you really do just for fun: don’t be tempted to show it off on Instagram or turn it into a side-hustle. I’m fairly certain no one will ever wear the scarf I am currently crocheting. Relatedly, do something with your hands: knitting, beading, embroidery, painting, cooking/baking can provide great release.
Read out loud
I've been doing this activity since I was in grade school just because I liked it, lol. It’s like a mini book club! Also just read, period. Take this time to catch up on your book list!
Cook and bake
Any recipes you've been saving or wanting to try, now is the time to do it! Choose 1-2 recipes that are fun and that you can do with someone at home.
Do video therapy
Connect with loved ones who don't already live with you virtually. Its a simple and effective way to not feel so isolated.
Organize the drawer that has been begging for order, rearrange the living room furniture, or finally get your filing cabinet in check.
Watch something upbeat
It’s highly tempting to catch up on Pandemic on Netflix right now, but a lot of current critically-acclaimed shows tend to be depressing or stressful. So throw in something fun, like a musical. I’ve been watching classic Disney movies, like Beauty & the Beast (my personal fave). Nothing takes your mind off an epidemic like a Disney princess falling in love with someone so unexpected!
Hang out with your pet
Just look at how cute your guinea pig is. Or teach your dog a new trick. As the internet has proved again and again, there is nothing more amusing than a cat, is there?
Learn something new
What have you always wanted to learn, but never had the "time" to learn it. Whether a new language, artistic skill or musical instrument, take the time to follow a passion!
Remember that you’re not alone
These tips are about self-care, but humans need community to be happy. We are a very social species! Write your grandparents a letter, get on a Google hangout with your co-workers, and FaceTime your friends. Also: if you’re still able to go outside, consider helping a neighbor in need of a grocery delivery or go for a hike and reconnect with nature.
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