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
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.
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
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
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.
According to the Mayo Clinic, aim to get seven to eight hours of sleep because when you’re sleep-deprived, your body has a harder time fighting infectious diseases. 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.
According to the Mayo Clinic, 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.