Top Tips to Survive Quarantine
We are living strange times and being at home for long might be difficult. Here are some top tips to Survive Working From Home/Being in Quarantine.
1. Keep a routine
This must be the most important one. Keeping a routine is halfway to keep your mental sanity. If you are working, this might be easier, but if you're not, you need to keep doing the same routine, except work will be replaced by other activities - we will get there.
By keeping a routine I mean, wake up and go to bed at the same time as before - changing your "usual hours" will not only not help you get to normal routine once quarantine is over, as it might tired you more. Get dressed to work, even if you don't work from home. It might feel good to stay in your pj's one day, two days, three days, but after a few days, your mood will be different, your will unconsciously, have less will to do anything during your day.
2. Keep your mind and your body healthy
Whether you are working from home or not, you should keep doing some physical activity. Either it is yoga, bodyweight, flexibility, you choose it. What it matters is that you do something, so you don't find yourself in the sofa all day, you manage your weight from all the cooking happening around, you increase your energy levels, and even improve your sleep.
If you are working from home, it is important that you take regular breaks to stretch your legs and loosen up a bit your body and mostly, try not to stay in the same position all day long. A good trick is to go to the kitchen to drink water, rather than living the water bottle next to you. However, this comes to my next point which is: drinking water! Once home, we drink much less than when in the office or outside. Find a way to remind you to drink water. Keep a glass next to you that you will refill in the kitchen, install an app to remind you, have an alarm - but drink water!
Adding to this, keep your mind healthy. Reduce the amount of intake news, since there's only one subject now; listen to the birds singing outside, and if you feel like, you can also try some meditation apps. When I was depressed, I found in meditation the peace I was looking for, and learnt to calm down anxiety and stress.
3. Do what makes you happy
In line with keeping your mind healthy, doing what makes you happy has huge impact in keeping a good mental health. Now, more than ever, we have the advantage to do all the things we wanted, but never had time to. Do a morning dance, an afternoon karaoke, learn to do bread, cook everything you always wanted to try, read more, knit, paint, create. Keep your happiness levels high!
4. It's ok not to be ok
Not every day will be the same. Not every day our mood will be the same, either because the sun is not shining and the weather really affects our mood, or simply because it's not a good day for us. And that's ok! We all have days like that and we shouldn't feel at all the pressure to do something. There will be days where all you want is to stay in the sofa and watch the last season of "La Casa De Papel" and that's ok. The important message to retain here is that in case these days last long and we start feeling like we are sinking, getting extremely tired for no reason, it might be time to ask for help - in the NHS or Mental Health Foundation websites, you can find who to contact.