Your Mental Health and Quarantine
Adjusting to social distancing is undoubtedly challenging, and it can take a toll on our physical and mental health. While social distancing is necessary right now, there are some things you can do to stay mentally fit. Here are some tips to help you cope.
Did you know that exercising and keeping physically active can improve mental health? Even though gyms and fitness studios have closed their doors, that doesn’t mean you can’t stay active and exercise at home. Release your endorphins with the following activities!
- Take an online fitness class - There are a plethora of free online fitness classes that you can search for on Youtube or Vimeo. From yoga classes to Zumba, you’ll be able to find a workout that’s fun for you. Some local fitness centers may be holding virtual classes, so check their social media pages to find out their online class schedules.
- Get out in the yard - From pulling weeds to mowing the lawn, doing yard work is a great way to get your body moving.
- Dust off the home gym equipment - If your treadmill or stationary bike has been converted to a clothes rack, perhaps now is the perfect time to get motivated to use it again and get your blood pumping!
Do the Things You Love
When you find time to do something enjoyable, it can help lift your mood. Here are some activities that can keep you busy and mentally healthy:
- Read a book
- Try a new recipe
- Do an art project
- Rearrange the furniture in your home or redecorate
- Do a crossword puzzle
- Put together a jigsaw puzzle
- Play a board game
Limit Your Intake of News
While it’s essential to stay informed, keeping the news channel on all day about the COVID-19 pandemic can be detrimental to your mental health and could make you feel anxious. Limit watching the news to once or twice a day. This also includes limiting your time on social media as well, as newsfeeds are flooded with posts about the pandemic. Instead, watch a funny movie or put on your favorite show!
Contact Kirby Medical Center
At Kirby Medical Center, we’re dedicated to helping our community find ways to achieve better health and wellness. Trying any of the above tips can help you stay both physically and mentally healthy while social distancing.
If you are concerned about the COVID-19 pandemic and the community, you can visit KMC’s Medial Response page for more information.