How to get rid of Quarantine blues?
Do you find yourself exhausted or inactive for most of the time of the day? Well, most probably you’re suffering from quarantine blues. Since the onset of the pandemic, many of us are staying at home and doing less in terms of social interactions and physical activities. This can have a negative effect on your physical and mental health. Personally, during my COVID-19 I was miserable for the first two months. I kept scrolling down through my Instagram feed endlessly, lost motivation in everyday tasks and eventually I developed anxiety. But fortunately, by the end of the third month, I decided to turn things around. Here are some of the tried and tested ideas that’ll help you to find a balance in life and regain some of your sanity as well:
- Exercise regularly- One of the major back draws of the lockdown period has been decreased physical movements of our bodies. The physical activity can improve your mood. Try to fit in some activities on most days. Plan short walks, climb stairs, do skipping for a few minutes or enrol in an online exercise class that’ll help to elevate your mood and keep you in shape as well.
- Keep a track of your sleep- During the past few months, I often found myself awake till late hours at night and woke up with a headache and strained eyes the next day. I can’t emphasize enough on the ability of a good quality of 8-9 hours of sleep. Irregular timings of sleep don’t only make you irritated but also hampers the normal functioning of our body throughout the day. Therefore, sleep on time with a relaxed mind to wake up refreshed the next morning.
- Set mini-goals- We often succumb to the pressure of doing multiple things at once in order to be productive every day. Don’t do that. Set mini-goals for yourself every day and make sure you do efforts in order to achieve it. Personally, I complete my office work and then set a goal of reading 50-100 pages of my favourite novel every day or eating 1 fruit a day.
- Engage in recreational activities- We all had a hobby when we were not so ‘adult’ and liked to spend our time sketching, making things with clays, etc. You don’t have to be an artist or a storyteller to engage in creative behaviours — this is about the process of doing an activity you enjoy, not the end result. We can even use this time to unwind and recharge by sketching, dancing, writing, cooking or even joining an online short term course to enhance your skills. Expressing yourself creatively will boost your mood and provide an outlet to channel stress.
- Spend some time alone- Why do you need anyone else when you got yourself? Meditate for a while, experiment with your clothes and click fun selfies, play with pets, indulge in a spa at home, start some healthy habits such as eating more vegetables, drinking eight glasses of water. You can even pick your favourite book and coup up in your bed with a hot cup of tea, take a boozy shower or even try out a new recipe on your own.
- Engage in social interactions virtually- Give more time to your family and keep friendships alive, with small acts of kindness. Play mini-games together, talk about your internal struggles, give series/ movie recommendations or simply revisit the old memories with your friends. This is a testing time for everyone. Make your closed ones remember, that they’re not alone in this, we all are together!
- Binge-watch your favourite shows- Sometimes when I feel low, I always turn to watch F.R.I.E.N.D.S. It’s not just a show for me it’s a way to distract my mind from the harmful thoughts I’ve been experiencing lately. Likewise, you could watch your favourite show that will take your mind off from the everyday stress we go through. Sometimes, the mind can be a dangerous place to be. Indulge in small distractions now and then and make sure to complete your movie wishlist while this quarantine lasts.
- Keep the hope alive- You cannot control the situations around us but you surely can control your mind and body. Practice calming your mind through meditation and slow breathing for 10 minutes every day. It will keep your negative emotions in check and help you to develop patience even in the worst situations.
Finding serenity amongst chaos can be a gargantuan task but there’s no competition to see who can attain ‘inner peace’ first. Remember, it’s OK if the crisis is affecting you — be kind to yourself. Adapting to this new normal is tough and everyone is dealing with it in their own way. But, in my opinion, it’s normal to feel glum right now. Isolation, job insecurity, health scares and financial stressors are hitting us all. So, what can we do about it? While there’s no magic cure for feeling down, there are some small steps you can take that may help you feel relatively better. Take one step at a time.
Ankita is a life enthusiast. She doesn’t conform to the pre-defined norms of society and questions everything. Through this blog, she wants to enlighten everyone with her perspective, calmness tips and ideas which has helped her in life for choosing the right and become a better human being.