This has been a truly trying time for countless Americans. Not only does the novel coronavirus pose an immediate threat to people’s long-term health and lives, its presence has facilitated major changes in the way we live our lives. If you’ve been furloughed, isolated from loved ones or overtaken by stress throughout this difficult period, it’s important to realize that you’re not alone. Although the last year has been an absolute beast, there are still plenty of things to be thankful for and numerous reasons to stay positive. If maintaining a healthy outlook throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has proven challenging, consider putting the following tips to good use.
Devote Time to Your Favorite At-Home Hobbies
Hobbies can be a boon to a bored mind, particularly during extended periods of being stuck at home. Even if most of your pre-pandemic hobbies entailed leaving the house, you should have no trouble finding engaging pastimes that can be enjoyed from the safety and comfort of home. The right hobbies can alternately keep your mind stimulated and relaxed and provide you with countless hours of pure enjoyment. For example, lovers of the written word can use this opportunity to start reading their way through their book backlogs. Additionally, with the sheer bulk of video games being released these days, you’d be hard-pressed to find a gamer who doesn’t have a bevy AAA titles to start playing. Furthermore, nearly everyone has a massive backlog of television shows, streaming programs, movies and other media, and spending copious time indoors is the perfect excuse to start making a dent in yours.
For best results, devote some time to at least one of your at-home hobbies each day. Spending just 30 minutes to one hour engaged in an activity you enjoy can have a significant impact on your general outlook. Above all, hobbies can serve as a great reminder than even during an ongoing pandemic, there’s still plenty of fun to be had.
Remotely Connect with Your Loved Ones
The highly infectious nature of COVID-19 has facilitated the need for many of us to avoid seeing friends, family members and other loved ones in person. Needless to say, if you’ve grown accustomed to seeing certain people on a regular basis, suddenly being unable to see them can prove incredibly disconcerting. Still, it’s important to realize that not being able to visit with people you care about in person doesn’t mean these individuals have simply vanished from the face of the Earth. Additionally, with more avenues for remote communication available than ever before, there’s nothing preventing you from connecting with your nearest and dearest on a consistent basis. The more you connect with these individuals, the less isolated you’re likely to feel – and the less isolated you feel, the better-equipped you’ll be to combat depression.
Exercise on a Regular Basis
In addition to keeping you fit and healthy, regular exercise can be a boon to your overall outlook. When many of us think of exercise, we immediately envision feats of intense physical endurance. Luckily, getting a good workout doesn’t have to entail pushing yourself to your limits. Just 30 minutes of light exercise can have a positive impact on both physical and mental health.
Eat a Healthy Diet
Eating healthy can play a large role in feeling healthy. So, if you’ve regularly been indulging your junk food cravings throughout the course of the pandemic, now is the time to rethink certain choices. Limiting the amount of junk food you keep in the house can help curb your cravings and facilitate healthier diet choices. Stocking up on fruits, veggies, nuts, beans, whole grains and other health-conscious foods and trying your hand at healthy recipes can effectively counteract years of unwise eating habits. As you’ll find, the notion of healthy foods lacking in the taste department is a myth. For example, anyone in the mood for a refreshing treat is sure to love a tasty shake made from dairy-free protein powder.
When faced with a situation as serious as the COVID-19 pandemic, staying positive can be a tall order. Given how deeply the threat of this virus has ingrained itself into every facet of our lives, it’s sometimes difficult to remember what life was like before the pandemic hit. However, even in times like these, it’s possible to maintain a positive outlook, find things to look forward to and feel good about the future.