In light of the recent Coronavirus pandemic I thought it would be good to share some ways that you can help your mental health and stay busy. It’s all about staying positive and trying not to let the news get us down. So here’s some things you can do to try and keep you busy and your mind active. They’re also all doable from home so if we do get put under quarantine then you can still take part.
- Read – This might be an obvious one, but I find reading one of the best ways to escape from everyday life. Try and find something that will transport you to another world and something that is maybe adventure/comedy/uplifting.
- Exercise – This is an important one for your mind and body. You can work out anywhere and it’s such a good relief to get your body moving. There are plenty of HIIT workouts and Yoga classes you can do on Youtube, so if you can then try and get active each day.
- Speak to friends and family – Not necessarily in person of course (I don’t recommend visiting friends and family if you’re ill yourself or if you or them are high risk), but make sure you pick up the phone and check on your relatives. Being in isolation can really affect us and it’s nice to be able to talk to someone and have a catch up. If you have something like FaceTime or Skype even better!
- Get creative – Paint, write poetry, knit, cross stitch or make jewellery. Now is the time to start a new hobby, so if you’ve been wanting to learn something new for a while then get on google and start learning.
- Start a blog – This is a great time to start a blog. You can start them for free and it might be a nice release to write your feelings down and keep a mini diary. Alternatively you can write about something completely different that you love to take your mind completely off the situation.
Hopefully this list will help you to find something that will keep you occupied and busy throughout this worrying time. It’s important to be aware of the impact of the virus and to keep up to date with it, but please try not to let it get you down to much. I’ve put links below to the NHS and WHO websites so that you can keep up to date.