Stuck at home? If there is one thing that came from Coronavirus, it is some creative ways to occupy time and cope with being stuck indoors. If you are stuck at home, deal with the monotony and boredom in some productive, constructive ways instead!
Stuck inside? Confined to your home? Whether you stuck at home due to weather conditions or quarantined due to a virus, it can take a toll on your wellbeing. The monotony and boredom can wreak havoc on your mental health, so it pays to have things to do. If you rely on mobility aids, you may feel stuck frequently; work with a reputable vendor to find equipment and devices to improve your quality of life today.
Confined to your home? Try these tips to make it easier:
Stick to a Schedule
Fight the urge to hang out in your pajamas all day when you are confined to your home. This can set the stage for an unproductive day. Make a point to stick to a schedule every day; get up, go to bed, get dressed, and eat regularly and on-time. It really does make a big difference.
Another fantastic way to cope with being cooped up, such as during a quarantine, is with gardening. What a perfect time to grow something! Flowers blooming can brighten a mood and who doesn’t love fresh vegetables, picked off the vine? Start simple using a pre-potted herb or flower plant from your local grocery store.
Start a Healthy Habit
Someone once said that it takes 30 days to create a habit; why not start a new, good habit during the next 30 days? Some ideas include a daily exercise video program, yoga, meditation, or maybe cutting out caffeine or sugar. Do you smoke? What a great time to quit. Maybe your new habit is an afternoon walk with the pets- whatever it is, do it every day.
Try to eat well and curb the splurges during this unpredictable time. Worry and fear can make us want to overindulge and overeat- after all, food is very comforting. However, the added weight can make us more susceptible to sickness and ailments, while also making us feel depressed. Eat a balanced diet of whole, fresh foods- with plenty of fiber- whenever possible.
Try a Hobby
It is easy to get busy with life and forget all about the hobbies and activities that we once enjoyed. If you are stuck at home, make this a time to lose yourself in a new- or old- hobby. Even if money is tight, there are some hobbies and creative endeavors that you could try. For instance, pick up a paintbrush, rearrange the living room, start collecting stamps, or pull out the sewing machine; the choice is yours!
Take Care of Yourself
When you are confined to the house, it is the perfect excuse to pay a little extra attention to yourself and your own needs. Give yourself some well-deserved self-care in the form of something special for yourself every day- i.e. cook a gourmet meal, take a hot bath, read a good book. Do something that makes you feel better.
Pamper your Pets
Make time stuck inside to be the perfect reason to spend more time with pets; give time to their needs during this downtime. Your pets may sense that something is off and could feel anxious or nervous; make them feel better with some care and attention. Worried about catching a virus from your pet? Don’t be- just use common sense and wash your hands after handling or playing with your furry friends. Pay attention to the laws of your region during a crisis, such as the pandemic, to ensure that walking your pets publicly is fine and safe before taking them out.
Reach out to Talk
Call someone and hear a human voice at least once a day- whether it is your mother, a neighbor, or a friend that you are concerned about during a difficult time. An email or social media message is no substitute for human contact; without it, we can become isolative and depressed.
Get Rid of It
Jump into decluttering, spring cleaning, or purging stuff around the home. This can be very liberating, and you may feel a lot lighter and better after. Make it easy by creating three piles: one to keep, one to give away, and one to throw in the trash. You can enjoy the items that you do keep a lot more when there is less clutter and visual noise in your living space. It has been shown that clean space and tidy surroundings make it easier to focus and concentrate.
Make your home a safer, more accessible one with devices and aids from Pacific Mobility. From a grab bar near the sink to a reaching tool to access high shelves, sometimes simple items and changes make the most significant difference. Call us today for a no-obligation needs assessment and learn more about how to improve autonomy and quality of life.
President, Husband, Father, Grandfather Graduate of UC Davis- Bio Sci Major- Go Aggies! Jeff has extensive experience in all of Pacific Mobility’s products and services, and specializes in accessibility products as well as stairlifts, ceiling lifts and custom wheel chairs. His hobbies include spending time with family, gardening, mountain biking, exercising and off road motorcycle riding.
24 years as Owner/President of Pacific Mobility Center – selling, installing, and servicing stairlifts, porch lifts, ceiling lifts, pool lifts, handicap ramping, specialty wheelchairs, scooters, power wheel chairs, and other power mobility devices
Certified Environmental Access Consultant since 2008
Licensed General Contractor since 1998
Certified Aging in Place Specialist since 2016
Board Member for Home Access Professionals
Member of Association of Members of the Accessibility Equipment Industry (AEMA)