Posted on Jun 22, 2020 in Senior Activities
The COVID-19 pandemic has been a trying time for people all over the world. People of all ages and backgrounds have been forced to stay at home during these uncertain times; many without a job or a sure future. People are forced to stay at home in order to decrease the number of cases and to preserve their overall health and wellness.
Though the quarantine is imperative, people are growing bored and restless. People are running out of things to do and occupy their minds while stuck at home; especially the older generation who have been in quarantine longer than younger people. An expert from a company that deals with in-home care for seniors pointed out that seniors are looking for things to occupy themselves, but some don’t know what else to do besides watch TV. This post will detail some tips to keep busy during quarantine, while also keeping your mind and body healthy.
No matter your age, it’s important to keep busy during quarantine in ways that will improve your overall wellness. Whether you are 16 or 65, here are 5 tips to practice health and wellness while in quarantine.
This is the best way to stay occupied in a healthy way while in quarantine. With modern technology, staying connected to friends, family, and loved ones has never been easier. Talking to people in your life that you love and care about can help you deal with the feelings of isolation, anxiety, and boredom that you may be feeling while in quarantine.
Talking to friends and family requires minimal effort and can have vast benefits. Whether you text, call, video chat, or talk on social media, you are going to likely feel better as you are forced to stay at home. Likewise, you may be helping your friend or family member too if they are also experiencing feelings of distress.
Learning a new skill is always a great thing to do to improve your mind and body’s wellness. During this time, you will have ample time to learn and develop your new skill while keeping busy. Not only will you benefit from what this new skill teaches you, but you will also have something to look forward to as you continue to get better. Some new skills to consider include:
Yoga is known for being beneficial to the mind and the body. Yoga is something that people of any age can learn how to do and can absolutely be done all in the comfort of his or her home with the help of online yoga classes. There are various kinds of yoga, however, they are all centered around practicing mindfulness and strengthening the body.
During these trying times, yoga is a great way to escape as it teaches mediation as well as important values. Yoga teaches one how to focus on positive values in life and to let go of things that he or she can not control; two things that are imperative during the quarantine.
In addition to yoga helping the mind, it will also keep the body healthy and in shape while stuck at home. It’s easy for people to sit on the sofa all day and watch TV, and though this isn’t bad some days, if people do this every day that they are in quarantine, they run the risk of putting on weight while stuck at home. Yoga will prevent this as it will get you up and moving, strengthening all of your muscles.
Reading a new book will keep your mind occupied and may even teach you something new. People of all ages can do this entertaining pastime while in quarantine. If you don’t have any books at home that you have been waiting to read, consider ordering some online. Some popular titles to look into while practicing social distancing include:
Whether you are a good baker/cook or not, now may be the time to get better and try some new recipes. With almost nothing but time on your hands, look up some recipes online and get the ingredients to make them. Not only will you get to eat something tasty for dinner, but you will also be able to broaden your areas of expertise in the kitchen.
Perhaps try a different dish every day or have a themed night, like, Italian on Mondays and Mexican on Tuesdays, and so on. This will be fun for the whole family, and as long as you make it a point to cook with quality ingredients, it can also be healthy too.
As quarantine continues, do your best to keep busy. Keeping busy will improve your overall mental and physical health, which is very necessary during the COVID-19 pandemic. Keep these five fun and easy tips in mind as you consider what you are going to do tomorrow.
About the Author
Kelsey Simpson enjoys writing about things that can help others. She lives in South Jersey and is the proud companion to two German Shepherds and spends her free time volunteering in dog shelters.