If you’re one of the three in four Americans currently quarantining at home, you could probably use some mental health tips for coping with the pandemic. Things are tough but we have a few tips on how you can make it through this trying time.
Tip #1: Find a routine and stick to it.
No one particularly likes (or gets excited about) the daily shuffle back-and-forth from work to home. But Northwestern Medicine says routines can improve your sleep and lower daily stress levels. In an overly stressful time like the pandemic, routines are so important to establish for the sake of your mental health and wellness.
Tip #2: Take it easy on yourself.
A Clinical Psychologist from Nature recommends not to set super high expectations for yourself. Your time at home might seem like a great opportunity to start a side hustle or write your first novel, but don’t set too many goals. This is not likely to be a time of productivity (although kudos to you if it is). Respect yourself and your workload.
Tip #3: Go outside.
Even though you might not be able to hang out with people, be sure to go outside and get active at least one time a day. Vitamin D is not only good for your health but Psychology Today says it’s linked to your mood. If you don’t feel comfortable going outside, there are also tons of YouTube videos for at-home workouts to get you up and active.
Tip #4: Keep a healthy diet.
In the same vein of establishing a daily routine, it’s important to establish a healthy diet while you’re in quarantine. It can be tempting to indulge in sweet treats and snacks all day while you’re home alone and bored, but it’s important to keep yourself healthy physically as well as mentally.
Tip #5: Don’t spend too much time on your phone.
Stay up-to-date on the pandemic but take mental breaks from your phone. The constant bombardment of bad news can build up and affect your mental health over time. There’s a lot going on, so be sure to take breaks from news that could cause your stress levels to rise. May we suggest a casual scroll through the Tripalink Instagram instead? Nothing but good things to see there.
Tip #6: Take time for yourself.
Find things that make you feel happy! Whether it’s taking up a new hobby or connecting with an old friend, a good way to get away from the bad news is to take time each day and do something that makes you feel nice. It’s a sure way to lift up your mood. Check out this list for ideas of things to do at home during quarantine! It might also be fun to redecorate your bedroom to create a sanctuary for yourself.
If you’re stressed out about your living situation and are looking for a new apartment, be sure to check out Tripalink’s offerings in LA, Irvine, Seattle, Tucson, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. Our apartments come fully furnished so you won’t have to drag furniture around or hire movers. Additionally, utilities are included in the rent price so there’s not surprises once you move in. Tripalink also sanitizes the building and the rooms according to CDC guidelines.