These are strange times and we need to be taking care of ourselves and those we love. Here are a few tips for well-being at home.
1. Eat healthy food.
We are all stressed and want to stay well. Giver yourself the best shot at this by eating your vegetables, having three meals a day, drinking plenty of water and snacking on nuts or fruit. Well, fast food is out anyway...
2. Get some exercise.
There are yoga and gym workouts online, we are still allowed to walk and bike, kick a ball around the yard with the kids or pets, dance in your lounge like nobody's watching (yep, they aren't) . No excuse for emerging from this out of condition and overweight.
3. Do a short meditation or breathing exercise, at least daily.
There are apps and websites for this (Headspace, Calm.com). You can just sit quietly paying attention to your breath and listening to the sounds around you, or you can put on some calming music. We all feel scared of the unknown and are missing our usual routine, so staying calm is going to be really vital. Notice the present moment and don't let anxiety present you with a lot of worst case scenarios.
4. Keep in touch with friends and family.
Use the phone or whatever method or device works for you. Keep in touch but don't let it go into long angsty conversations about what could go wrong. Make sure you have a laugh and talk about other things than the virus. Pace yourself and don't hesitate to turn off the phone to do other things.
5. Limit your news consumption
Stay informed but don't get overwhelmed. Turn off media and focus on the present moment, checking in at particular times. Take time at the end of the day to wind down with a book or some music, a (non-apocalyptic) movie or a conversation with someone you love.
6. Find meaning
Have some personal goals, volunteer or donate where you can, take care of a friend or neighbour who needs a call or some shopping done, make a to do list for those chores at home.
If you have a faith or a religious practice, keep it up even though you can't attend any groups at present.
Remind yourself of your values and keep them intact over this time. We may not have a map for what is happening in the world right now, but our values are our personal map.
7. Have fun! Sing, dance, look for jokes or comedy. Use your five senses to have enjoyable experiences: a bubble bath, pick some scented flowers from your garden, do an art tour online, make some tasty treats, listen to music.
Kia kaha. Stay safe.