It almost feels like we're on a weird holiday but we don't know when it will end. I've spent the past (almost) three weeks cooped up inside my dorm room in the Netherlands. The country has gone into lockdown mode, with citizens urged to stay indoors unless we have doctor's appointments or need to do grocery shopping. Classes have all moved online, with awkward video conferences and technical issues. We're all confused and uncertain, but it's a start as we all stay home and follow the rules. Being an introvert, I don't mind it too much however I have noticed I've been getting bored easily and even losing motivation to finish some tasks for the day. This is exactly why I decided to collab with fellow blogger Beth and create this list of tips to make quarantine a little more bearable.
Staying in bed longer than I should feels good on the days that I need it, but if you're working from home it's important to maintain a routine. Easy ways to do so include showering and getting ready to start your day off. Feeling clean can make you feel productive and awake and that's handy if you have things to do. I've also continuing to eat and sleep at the times I did before quarantine, just because it helps me stay productive and active at home. It can be tempting to feel like this is a huge holiday but it's important to remember that if you don't do these little steps every day, it's easy to feel lost, alone, claustrophobic or even depressed.
2. Check up on others - and yourself
Mental health is super important in a period where you're supposed to stay away from everyone. This is a great time to check up on a friend. Something I've tried out is mailing cute little postcards or letters with a positive message. I've also started decluttering my Instagram and following people whose content makes me feel happy. Personally, I've started gratitude journaling and I'd recommend it to everyone. Remember that being anxious or stressed has a huge impact on your immune system, so try to do things such as a quick walk (if you can), a yoga session or a hearty breakfast to fuel you for the day!
3. Connect digitally
Just because we're practicing social distancing, doesn't mean you have to feel alone! I've been having Skype calls, using Netflix Party, texting friends and sharing a TON of memes. I've also been watching my favourite content creators host live streams and interacting with some of them. Now's the time to reconnect with an old friend, stop stalking your exes and work on relationships that you want to improve.
4. Download a Mental Health App
There are so many wonderful mental health and self-care apps you can download. I'll be doing a full post on this soon but for now, the ones I recommend include Headspace, Grateful, Shine, MindShift and Relax and Sleep Well with Glenn Harold.
5. Get creative
I recently went for a photo-shoot before the lockdown and have started getting back into photography while at home. However, creativity can be whatever you want it to be, whether that's reorganizing your room, starting a blog, painting your walls, or trying out a new recipe. Just put the scissors down and don't cut yourself a fringe. Trust me.
6. Stay active
I can't say this one enough! Going outside for a jog, walking around the block oreven following a Youtube workout tutorial can do wonders for your health. I enjoy Youtube channels like Kayla Itsines, Tone It Up and Blogilates to stay in shape. If you're a female living in Tilburg, the Netherlands, a community I created will be hosting a LIVE workout session on April 10th at 10am. Find out more info here.
7. Do the things you previously didn't have time for
For me, this has been reading books I bought ages ago, scheduling blogging content and trying out Pinterest recipes. They barely come out the way I intended them to, but it's been fun regardless. I've used this time to start free online classes via Coursera where you can sign up for a course at any university in the world. I've signed up for marketing and wellbeing courses at Yale, Harvard and University of Michigan. The possibilities are endless and you can earn a certificate or purchase one after completion.
Do you have some tips on how to stay positive during the lockdown? Let me know in the comments below. This post was a collaboration with BethLucyBlogs, so be sure to check out her post here. You can also explore Beth's Instagram here
Stay safe (and wash your hands)