What Makes You Happy? Self-care in the Age of COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Lori-Ann Thompson

Welcome to This Home Spun Life! Our mission is to help you create a cozy and convivial atmosphere that promotes well-being. We are in a special time right now  with the rise of this pandemic - trying to deal with the new reality of a virus that is spreading at an alarming rate. It has impacted so many of us, and it will get worse before it gets better.

Life is complicated and disorienting, so I wanted to share a few ways to add some happiness to this stressful time. This is in no particular order.

  1. Take a break from the news cycle. Of course, stay abreast of important information from the government and local authorities about things that need to be done in you daily life to keep you safe. However, you don't need to binge-watch the new channels, or jump every time a news alert comes across your phone. Get off the internet for a while. Dedicate a certain amount of time each day to watch the updates or read the newspaper. 
  2. Go outside. Be in nature. Go for a walk around your block or apartment complex. Do some gardening. Feel the sun on your skin. There are so many benefits to sunshine and fresh air. Remember, keep the mandated distance from others, and continue to practice good hygiene.
  3. Exercise. You don't need the gym to exercise. There are so many movements that you can do at home or outdoors without gym equipment: yoga, Pilates, jumping jacks, weight training with items around the house, a brisk walk/jog. You can find ways to work up a sweat.
  4. Take some much-needed "Me Time." Now is perfect time to recharge. Take a nap. Have a relaxing soak in the bath. Read that book, while enjoying a cup of tea. Meditate. We don't regularly get time to be by ourselves (and I know many of you have a full house right now, but carve out some time - even 20 to 30 minutes). You need it for your mental, physic, and physical health.
  5. Engage in hobbies/art. This time off has exposed the fact that a lot of people don't have a hobby - something they do solely for fun. Now is a great time to explore what you may be interested in learning. On the other hand, if you're like me, then you have a LOT of works-in-progress that you haven't had time to complete. Take this time to pull a few out and wrap them up. Just have fun.
  6. Eat and drink well. I know we are stressed and scared, but don't over-indulge in the snacks and soda. Cook some healthful meals. Eat smaller portions and savor the flavor. Experiment with new ingredients. The supermarkets are still stocked with fresh produce. You and your family need these nutrients to keep your bodies fit and healthy. For beverages, switch soda for fruit juices, healthy teas, and infused water. Of course, a glass of wine never hurt either ;) .

 These are some ideas for how to intentionally incorporate some happiness in your life. Share your ideas with us in the comments. Thanks for visiting. Stay safe.

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