The universe has a funny way of showing us that we are not in control. We could wake up one day and our lives could completely change and there is nothing we can do about it. I would have never imagined that I would be in a situation where I am being forced to stay home, struggling to find tissue paper or staring at a bunch of empty grocery aisles but that’s where we are now. Knowing that our world has changed the question is do we resist the changes or do we accept it and try to be positive? I’m choosing to stay positive because the biggest challenge isn’t the food panicking or the lack of home appliances. The biggest challenge is emerging out of this in great mental health and seeing the silver lining. Choosing to stay positive has helped me realize that no matter what is happening we all have a reason to feel blessed and things could be worse. Here are 4 ways to stay positive as you quarantine during these challenging times.
Here are 4 ways to stay positive during this quarantine
Wake Up and Get Dressed
As tempting as it is to be on a quarantine vacation, sleep in all day and bum on the couch it could ruin your productivity. If you are working from home, turn on your alarm like you typically would, wake up and dress like you are going into the office. If you aren’t working then its best to still wake up, get dressed and design a schedule for yourself. Your schedule can be something as simple as your mealtimes, reading time, exercise block, and downtime to socialize over facetime with some friends. Even if you have nothing to do, think about some of your favorite hobbies and create a schedule to insert some structure and balance into your life at this time. Whatever you do, do not stay in your pajamas. Get ready, put on that mac lipstick, feel beautiful and be the badass that you are!
Eat Healthy and Workout
Eating healthy and working out is the best way to keep your immune system active and energized. Since the grocery is one of the few places we can all go to during this quarantine why not pick up some fruit and vegetables and make a healthy meal? Being isolated can be very lonely and eating healthy is a great way to combat depression so make sure to eat a good amount of protein. Things like chickpeas, beans, lentils, and peas are a great plant-based option, but depending on your eating restriction you can also do meat, fish, and legumes which gives a great supply of zinc. Personally juicing makes me feel great! I typically buy a bunch of fruits and then google search for some green smoothie recipes to spice things up. While eating is fun we also need to burn it off. Although the gyms are closed you can definitely work out at home. Whether you like working out, doing yoga or simply meditating, grab a mat and break a sweat! If you don’t know what workouts to do, go on Instagram, hashtag home workouts and find your favorite fitness influencer and start working out. Doing all of this will not only help your brain function better but it will also help you stay sane, positive and confident.
Create an Affirmation and Gratitude List
It’s easy to get so caught up on the reality of the quarantine that we forget that we are blessed to be alive. While millions of people are dying in different parts of the world, and hospitals are struggling to take in patients, you are here to tell the story and that’s huge. Something that has been helping me stay positive is constantly reminding myself of everything I am grateful for. When I wake up in the morning I pray and meditate then grab my journal and start writing my daily affirmation. It typically looks something like this. “ I am thankful for my family and friends” or “I am thankful to be in good health.” Making this list allows me to stay in a state of gratitude and makes sure that no matter what challenges come my way I am never ungrateful. Try this technique and watch how beautiful the rest of your day becomes.
Keep your Mind Activated
Time used to be the biggest excuse but now that we have all the time in the world, it’s best to use it wisely. If you have nothing to do, right now is the time to get curious about your hobbies and do more of what you love. I have been using my extra time to learn new skills, get back into blogging, and stay healthy but you can do what piques your interest. Think about one new skill you would like to learn, hop on youtube and learn how to master that skill. If you are creative, take this time to do some social media content planning, pull out your tripod and start taking photos of yourself. If you’re not creative, take this time to figure out how you can create multiple streams of income. And if that task is too demanding you can simply read some books and increase your knowledge. An idle mind is the devil’s playground so make sure to keep your mind active, use this time wisely, look cute, have fun, eat healthily, and remember that you are blessed to be alive.