At this point in time, you are probably aware of the need for social distancing. Doing this entails staying at home and only going out for work and essential tasks.
So, what does this mean for your mental health? It may seem jarring to stay inside and uproot your normal daily routine for a while, so it’s important to take steps to stay safe and healthy, both mentally and physically.
Ways to Take Care of Yourself Mentally While Staying Inside
Here are some of our top suggestions for taking care of your mental wellbeing while social distancing.
1. Stay Active
One fantastic way to keep yourself mentally and physically healthy is by staying active! Here are some great ways to do so:
If the gyms around you are currently closed and you were used to going on a regular basis, consider an at-home online workout. There are many incredible resources online, and even some great options for those with a physical or developmental disability. If you have a sport you really enjoy, try to engage in it with those at home with you or on your own.
For some fresh air and time outside, consider taking a walk, going for a run or a jog, or just be outside for a portion of the day. Not only are you providing your body with exercise, but you are also getting additional vitamin D from the sunshine.
Other options for staying active at home include turning on your favorite music and dancing or even cleaning your home.
2. Stay Connected with Others
Distancing yourself socially can mean you aren’t able to see friends and family that you were used to seeing on a regular basis. Whether it was having people over, visiting others, or meeting up in public places, it can be a hard adjustment going from socializing to staying home all the time.
How can you keep up with your loved ones during this time? Here are some great options for staying connected:
- Text people on a regular basis, and consider starting a group chat with family members or friends.
- If you miss seeing people’s faces, consider trying out video chat on your phone, tablet, or computer using Facetime, Facebook Messenger, Skype, etc.
- Use your social media accounts to connect with classmates, friends, family, etc. You can share pictures and videos of your life and see what everyone else is up to.
- Are you a writer? Consider writing your loved ones handwritten notes and letters. These will be more precious to them than an email or text. Your children may enjoy it as well, and it could be good practice for someone with an intellectual disability.
- Email is another great option for staying in touch with those around you.
3. Keep Yourself Busy
It can feel very boring to stay at home constantly, especially if you are currently not working or in classes. Luckily, there are many ways to entertain yourself at home and keep your mind and body busy.
For those of you with yard space, consider taking up gardening for both your mental and physical health and as a stress-reducing activity.
Another great option is to pick up a book you have yet to read. It can seem impossible to read in our busy world, so now is a great time to start!
Lastly, if your home is in need of cleaning, reorganizing, redecorating, etc. why not do it while you are spending extra time there? Not only will this consume a lot of your time, but it will also give you a much cleaner and nicer place to live in.
4. Get the Support You Need
It is also vitally important to make sure to consider your mental state and whether or not you need help at this time. While going to a therapist in a physical office is most likely not an option, there are some great online resources as well.
5. Think Positive Thoughts
Last but most definitely not least, it is vitally important to keep your head up and continue to think positive thoughts. While this may seem like common sense, it can be easy to let negative thoughts creep in if you aren’t careful.