Covid-19 has quickly turned all our worlds upside down. Shelter-in-place, self-quarantines, shutdowns, and remote work have become the new normal for many of us, as scientists and doctors work to find treatments and create safety guidelines. It’s an unprecedented and overwhelming reality and one that can easily take a toll on your mental health. To stay sane, it’s important to look for positive opportunities. Here are some suggestions to do that through humor, safe socializing, and self-improvement.
Have Fun with Your Clothes and Accessories
Let’s start with a little lightheartedness. Pandemic T-Shirts and clever masks may seem like a strange idea at first but consider this: as we slowly get used to the sight of people in masks and PPE in public, we could all use a little change. If we see a clever phrase or image, like a meme or the logo for a band or TV show, it may bring a smile to our masked face. And we could all use that!
Make Your World Smaller with Online Meet-Ups
A silver lining of our shelter-in-home world is that many of us have discovered something that we hadn’t been using: video conferencing! While this has made it possible for many people to work from home, apps like Zoom and Microsoft Teams have helped others stay connected with family and friends across the county. Many have hosted virtual game nights, or video watch parties to keep spirits light.
Learn a New Skill
There’s never been a better time to try something new that you’ve always wanted to do. If you’ve ever wanted to learn to cook or play an instrument, ordering a few items online and taking advantage of online tutorials can make it a reality. Now is the time to take a chance, or at least read that book you’ve been putting off, or binging the series you’ve been saving.
The pandemic is unchartered waters for all of us, but these little things can help improve your mood, and maybe even your life!