For me, and this is the case for a lot of people. I love to be busy 24/7, working full time, and going to school full time while somehow managing time to see friends and family. I’ve struggled with mental health for years, last year being one of the toughest I’ve ever been through, and I found that if I wasn’t keeping busy, my depression was at an all-time low.
When the cases in the Coronavirus started to rise, and I found out my job was temporarily closed…I knew this was going to be a challenge.
Living with a very loud European family, I knew this quarantine was going to be very interesting.
So here’s a list of some things I’ve been doing to feel better during this quarantine.
#1. Going outside!
Follow social distancing guidelines, of course, but it’s okay to sit outside, maybe tan depending on the weather where you live and enjoy how beautiful nature is. There have been so many times before the pandemic caused everything to close where I would be on my way to work on a beautiful day and was sad I couldn’t be outside.
#2. Arts and Crafts
I’m a big fan of painting if that isn’t your thing, maybe DIY some stuff in your closet that you don’t find yourself wearing too often. I love adding new details to jeans and making them more fun to wear or cropping shirts and hoodies. A friend of mine has gotten into making key chains and trays with resin, and it’s so cute. Check out Alexcia’s DIY posts if you need any more ideas.
#3. Cooking and Baking
I’ve seen so many cool new recipes on social media like twitter and TikTok, so I’ve been cooking a lot. Food is a massive part of my culture, so order a new cookbook or keep track of fun recipes you see online and test them out for you to try.
I have not worked out in forever, so I decided to start, and boy I am out of shape, but we all start somewhere! I’ve been following Chloe Ting’s two-week ab workout challenge and going for runs. Doing this while fasting for Ramadan has been a challenge, but I ran/walked a mile this week and was super proud of how I pushed myself. It’s so good for your mental health to stay active.
#5. Zoom Calls with Friends and Family
It’s been hard not having any physical contact with people besides my immediate family at home, but thankfully technology has helped me stay in touch. I love playing games over video chat like Skribbl, which is where you choose a word when it’s your turn, and everyone has to type in their guess based on your drawing.
And lastly, try not to stay in bed all day! I have been so guilty of this the whole quarantine, and it’s hard to find the motivation to do certain things but try to have something to look forward to, whether it’s cooking breakfast or drinking your morning coffee. Whatever it is, you can do it! The drastic changes we’ve been having during this pandemic makes things so much more challenging but things will get better, just stay positive my friends!
To any readers that are essential workers thank you for what you do!