HI’m sure you’re at home, reading this and everything has long become boring by now. Every day is like the previous and, if you’re responsible enough, you have the constant feeling that there’s something more productive you should be doing right now. Let’s agree, that this is the best-case scenario. We hope you and your family are safe and healthy and boredom is the monster you are dealing with right now. If it is, read on and see what you can actually do to protect your own sanity from evaporating. As a side note, if you have kids, a whole other set of rules applies, and your sanity is pretty much gone anyways (kidding).
- Have your finger on the pulse. Keep yourself connected to the outside world. If you have terrible reception at home, take care of it and purchase a mobile phone signal booster. Just do whatever it takes so you can reach people easily and vice versa. If you are not aware of where can you get such a device, try www.mobilesignalboosters.co.uk or https://www.phoneboosters.co.uk. There’s a catch though. Don’t overdose on the news. Just make a habit of reading the news at a certain designated hour and don’t check your feed every second your brain gets a bit bored. Protect your mind from an unnecessary amount of (often pointless) flow of information.
- If you are working remotely, by all means, take reasonable breaks. It’s a difficult situation to be in, especially if you have a family to take care of simultaneously. You’re probably not accustomed to spending all your time at home. But just remember, that’s temporary and soon your normal life will come around again.
- Embrace your hobbies. In case you are not working right now and scrolling your newsfeed on social media, just stop it. I’m not saying you have to be doing something super-productive all the time and reading Dickens novels, but please, stop scrolling on your phone. That’s just called damaging your eyes. You have hobbies, right? Remember what they are and busy your mind with that. Again, it doesn’t have to be productive, it just has to be enjoyable. Do you enjoy reading? Great! If it’s drawing you like, by all means, get to it. Anything that can be accomplished indoors is positive. Just refrain from harming yourself or others in the process, intently or otherwise!
- Work out. Now, this is a must. If your normal day-to-day life involves any kind of movement, now is the time to compensate for the lack of it. And it’s more serious than you think. Your mental health very much depends on your physical health. And in order to stay healthy, we need movement. As much as possible. During quarantine, that means working out at home. You don’t need to put in hours of workout each day, or any fancy equipment. Thankfully, there are tons of available exercises online. If you like dancing, that’s a great stress-reliever and you don’t need to be at a party to dance your heart out. Plus, that’s a wicked workout!
- Be patient with yourself and your loved ones. It’s hard for everyone now. And, let’s face it, it’s probably not that bad if you are reading this. Don’t be too hard on yourself and don’t expect too much. If you are thinking “I could have completed my thesis by now”, or “I could have learned Spanish”, that’s probably not true timewise, and the human brain doesn’t work that way. You have to ease yourself into something productive. Don’t expect hours of brilliant work or a newly acquired skill in less than a week. Take it one step at a time and you’ll see the results! Make sure you are starting from a small commitment and then build your way up to greatness!
Plus, be patient with your family. if you want to murder your spouse by now, it’s a good idea to talk things out. You are probably spending way more time together than you normally would, and the anger doesn’t mean you don’t love your spouse anymore. It just means you each need your space and quiet time, which is absolutely normal and you can arrange that with minimal effort. As to the children, they need your time, it’s true, but let’s face it, they are going to watch a bit more cartoons these days and that’s ok too. Take a deep breath. We are not superheroes. And it’s not going to be perfect.
We all need awareness, understanding, togetherness, love and a bit of luck. So please, stay safe, protect people around you and remember to smile every once in a while!