It can be easy to just lay at home and feel lazy and helpless during this pandemic. It’s hard to blame someone for not having the motivation to get up, get out and be active when it feels like the world is ending. However, it’s important you stay mentally and physically fit during this trying time.
One of the most important things you can do to keep your mind sharp and your days consistent is to make a schedule for yourself. This goes double if you’re out of work, or working from home. Make sure you set a time to wake up and a time to go to sleep, and stick to them. When you wake up, make yourself breakfast.
Consistency is the most important thing. Set times for lunch and dinner. Have a schedule for when you’ll get your exercise, when you’ll watch a movie, when you’ll read a book, or when you’ll pursue one of your crafts.
Have you got a favorite lockdown snack? Well, don’t just pig out on it. Reward yourself with it after you go for a run.
Maybe you’ve been itching to read more books. Spend this time wisely and read enriching material. Then, you can reward yourself with an episode of some good ol’ trashy reality TV.
Remember: the best way to spend this time is striking a balance between self-enrichment and a bit of indulgence. This is a crazy, scary time, and no one expects you to live like a self-improvement guru. However, laying on the couch watching TV all day will only make you feel worse.
Whether you’re an older person in need of some finger arthritis relief or a young person looking to learn a new skill, this is the perfect time to take up a new hobby. If you’ve always wanted to learn how to paint, take this time to do just that. Have you been dying to learn an instrument? Well, you’ve got time now, don’t you?
Whether you’ve got the time isn’t the question, of course, but the dedication. Try to make a conscious effort to dedicate your time to something that makes you feel like you’re making progress. Our brains are hardwired to enjoy progress. If you’re simply aimless and adrift during this time, you could find your mental (and physical) health suffering.