While you are forced to stay at home, a mixture of emotions is probably sweeping over you; excitement at not having to go into the office, boredom from looking at the same four walls, and maybe even dread that you need to be sitting in the house all day. Rather than complaining, consider this time a gift. Here are five ways to stay sane while staying at home.
- Read a personal development book
There is no time like now to work on becoming a better version of yourself. An hour or two every day of reading or listening to audiobooks will allow you to get through that book during your lockdown. Here are some of my personal favorites.
- 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephan Covey
- Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor Frankl
- The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle
- The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand
- Difficult Conversations – Bruce Patton, Douglas Stone, and Sheila Heen
Whether you practice with online videos, have your own routine, or do simple exercise from your living room, getting some kind of physical workout will help you lose weight, improve your circulation and release your feel-good endorphins.
- Send thank-you notes
Now is the time to be grateful for the people you have in your life. Send a brief thank-you note or email. It’s a simple way to show your gratitude to the people in your life.
- Have longer conversations
Take some time to interact with your friends and family, either face to face or virtually. Enjoy one of the benefits of slow life: long, drawn-out conversations about everything and nothing.
- Journal, blog, or just write.
This is an excellent time to produce your own content. Let yourself reveal those words you’ve always longed to say. Create something new, analyze your past, or just write creative material like poetry, a short story, or a novel.
Above all, find a way to be positive. Stop watching the news and use World Health Organization (https://www.who.int/), Covid live stats (https://covid19stats.live/), or your national Center for Disease Control’s website to get the facts on what is happening those are unbiased and non-sensationalized sources. Find reasons to laugh and bring a smile to whatever it is you are doing. Avoid doomsday topics and negative Nellies. Instead, invite positivity and possibility into your home. They are always happy to see you.