As many of us are staying at home to flatten the curve during the Coronavirus pandemic, we’re feeling stress, anxiety, fear, and a loss of control during this time. We are in the middle of a crisis, and it is normal to be afraid, worried and overwhelmed. Even though you may feel stuck, or even bored, there are a lot of activities that you can do to help lower stress and help with self-care and self-improvement.
Here are some ways to feel productive, accomplished, and lower your stress:
Improve your Home and Yard:
Catch up on all house work.
Do yard work.
Do small home projects, such as repainting a room.
Wash your car.
Create Routines and Plans:
Keep a routine sleeping schedule, exercising schedule, and eat meals at the same time each day.
Plan for your essential shopping trips by planning meals in advance, and making an inventory of food supplies, toiletries and medications.
Practice Self-improvement and Self-care:
Make a vision board.
Take online classes.
Relax outdoors in your yard, deck, porch, or in a park (if allowed).
Play an instrument.
Listen to music.
Listen to podcasts.
Play video games.
Play board games or card games.
Exercise at home with online workouts, or in a home gym.
Socialize at a Distance:
Spend time conversing with your the people in your household.
Have phone calls or videoconferences with family and friends.
Talk to neighbors, while maintaining a safe distance.
Participate in social media.
Talk to friends and family about your worries and fears, or reach out to mental health professionals offering telemedicine appointments.
Reminisce by looking through old photos and keepsake boxes with those who live with you.
Volunteer to help others, anything that you can do safely at a distance, such as calling seniors, or donating money or food to a worthy cause.
There are so many ways to stay productive and lower your stress during this trying time. I suggest you try some of the activities listed above. As a Certified Professional Organizer®, I usually help my clients to reduce stress and improve productivity through in-person, hands-on home organizing sessions and time management sessions. During this pandemic, I am exclusively offering virtual appointments. If improving your home environment or your routine is something you’d like to do, and you want the guidance and assistance of an organizing expert, feel free to reach out to me to schedule a free consultation call to discuss your needs. Please stay safe and take good care of yourself!