5 Activities You Can Do At Home To help you Relax

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Women practicing yoga in a class

If you’ve been inside for days on end amid the COVID-19 pandemic, you might be getting a little stir-crazy  or at the very least, feeling bored

You don’t have to use this time to write the next great American novel; indeed, there’s a lot to worry about and do. But if you are looking for some structure in your day.

5 Activities You Can Do At Home To help you Relax

1.Colouring

Studies have shown that “structured colouring of a reasonably complex geometric pattern,” such as asymmetrical mandala pattern or colouring book, can lead to a meditative state that helps reduce anxiety. Consider breaking out your adult colouring books, or drawing your own design.

 

2.Yoga

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Women practicing yoga in a class

Feeling stiff from sitting at your WFH station? Consider doing some yoga. Not only does it count as physical activity, but studies have shown that yoga can boost your mood, lower stress and anxiety and boost your self-esteem.

There are several online yoga classes to explore from the comfort of your own home, such as YouTube’s Yoga With Adriene or CorePower Yoga On Demand.

 

3.Chat with a friend

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Call, text, email or video chat with your friends and family. Just because you’re socially distancing doesn’t mean that you can’t connect. Research has shown that social support can make you more resilient to stress.

 

4.Listen to (or play) music

Student listening to podcast
Student listening to podcast

You’ve seen the viral videos of people singing while quarantined, and it turns out they may be onto something: Singing has been shown to improve people’s mental health and sense of belonging.

Not much of a musician? Listening to music can help people in the face of a scary and stressful experience; a study on cancer patients found that music reduced anxiety and pain while bolstering people’s moods.

 

5.Sleep

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Aim to get seven to eight hours of sleep, because when you’re sleep-deprived your body has a harder time fighting infectious diseases, according to the Mayo Clinic. Studies have shown that people are more likely to get infected with other types of viruses (like influenza and rhinovirus) if they’re sleep-deprived.

If you’re going to take a nap, stick to 10 to 20 minutes to avoid feeling groggy or messing with your sleep-wake cycle, according to the Mayo Clinic.