In these times of self-isolation and quarantines, it is easy to become bored and not sure what to do. I feel as though it is essential to keep the mind stimulated. There is plenty to do that doesn’t include watching Netflix all day.
Netflix or watching tv is excellent and can be a nice break from the news. A lot is going on in the world right now.
One option is to do a puzzle. These puzzles can be the cardboard kind or a crossword puzzle or sudoku. According to a USA Today article, puzzles have a lot of benefits. They improve memory, visual-spatial reasoning, lower stress levels, and can improve one’s mood.
Mood improvement can be a vital benefit. Being cooped up in a house with either just yourself or your housemates can drive you crazy. We all need some mood-boosting at this time in the world.
Another thing you can do to pass the time is read. Reading can transform your world. There is potential to get into a different world and maybe forget about the crazy times we are in.
Reading can expand your vocabulary, improve memory, stimulate your brain, improve your focus and concentration, and increase your knowledge. It has also been known to reduce stress. (Lifehack.org)
I have personally found that writing is a great thing to do. I have been keeping a personal journal for quite some time now; this allows me to write my thoughts down. Once they are on paper, I can make sense of what I am feeling.
This process allows me to feel relaxed and see the issues I am facing with a clear mind. I find it like talking to someone without them talking back.
The critical thing to remember during these times is self-care. Take care of yourself. This may mean taking a break from the news for an afternoon, getting outside, and get vitamin D. I strongly feel like making sure you keep in contact with friends. We are lucky enough to be in a time where it is easy to communicate with each other from a distance.
Just remember to listen to what your body and mind are saying you need. This is a time where we need to take care of ourselves. Good luck with your quarantine.
If you are interested in this blog, please read my story by clicking here.