Coronavirus isolation is a real thing. Here’s how to stay sane and actually have fun during COVID-19 quarantine life.
So many of us are currently in coronavirus isolation. While you may be feeling isolated because of the coronavirus, it’s actually possible to be productive and have some fun. Use these tips and de-stressing activities to keep your sanity and have fun while in coronavirus quarantine.
Nowadays, we’re all taking steps to flatten the curve with the COVID-19 pandemic, from working remotely and social distancing to avoiding public spaces when possible. But all these measures mean you’re spending *a lot* of time in your home, probably more than you’ve ever spent before.
Cue binge watching all the shows you’ve saved onto your Netflix “My List” and scrolling miles on your Instagram feed. Once you’ve burned yourself out with those activities, how do you stop yourself from going stir crazy and make the most of the time in your own digs?
How to Stay Sane in Isolation
I have a few ideas about how to spend your time while in isolation. In this blog post, I’m sharing 50-plus (!!) self-care activities that will keep your spirits high and help you stay at home for long periods without going crazy.
And you can actually have fun while you practice social distancing. I’m also revealing one of my best, easily actionable tips to leading a healthy lifestyle, which is important now more than ever before.
And because there’s nothing more soothing for your mental health than whipping up a cozy meal, I’m even including a recipe (with ingredients that have likely made your freezer essentials checklist!) for a breakfast that will put you in a positive mood for the rest of your workday. Let’s get started!
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Self-Care Activities to Keep Your Sanity
Read the book that’s been sitting on your bookshelf for two years: check. Vacuum the staircase: check. Binge watch all of Love Is Blind: check. If you’re already a week into self isolation or shelter in place, you might feel like you’ve run out of things to do—and are starting to feel pretty antsy.
Or maybe you’re feeling sad, worried, or stressed, which is totally understandable. That’s where these self-care activities featured on my blog come in. You can even do the outdoor activities while physical distancing and wearing a face cover.
They’ll help your mind and body stay sharp all while helping you de-stress from the coronavirus chaos taking place right now. Can you guess which one is my favorite?
Healthy-Living Tips for Home Isolation
Whether you’ve been in home isolation for 24 hours, 14 days, or 20 days, you want to feel sane.
While you’re saving lives and protecting people by staying in quarantine to help protect the most vulnerable persons, it’s important to focus on your mental health. Treating your body well is a *huge* part of self care, and that means creating good-for-you nutritional habits.
Since it feels like the world is spiraling out of control right now, it’s the perfect time to take charge of your own health. In this Oxygen article, I share my number one tip for leading a healthy lifestyle.
Spoiler: It’s something the Queen of England likely does every single day. If you’re feeling like a list of 20 is too much to take one, choose one activity from this list to try today. By the way, if you feel grief or a sense of loss about the COVID-19 situation, that’s totally OK.
And of course, remember to wash hands often and to watch out for coronavirus COVID-19 symptoms if you’ve been in close contact with anyone who’s tested positive for the virus.
If you do develop symptoms of COVID-19, which might include loss of the sense of smell and taste, please for the greater good quarantine yourself! Those front-line workers have to deal with enough.
Amy’s Quarantine Recipe to Try
Make this breakfast: Berry Pancakes!
Food or medicine? In this case, I say food! You’ve probably seen lots of people on social media cooking up many delicious dishes.
There’s nothing more calming than cooking up a delicious, homemade meal that warms your soul (and fills your stomach). Need something to do with your partner or the kids (or whoever you’re under quarantine with)? Whip up a batch of these blueberry ricotta pancakes, which are jam-packed with antioxidants but still fluffy as can be. Who said you can’t have pancakes on a weekday?
You might also enjoy making no-egg cookies, which are especially great during the quarantine because they require very minimal ingredients.
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I’d love to hear from you! What are your top tips to keep your sanity in isolation?
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Want to go shopping with a dietitian? Here’s your chance! I just opened up my very own storefront, full of plant-based meal plans, grocery lists, recipe books, and more!