This stay-at-home order has been a whirlwind to say the least. Some days I feel awesome. I’ll be up early and get my daily walk in by 10AM. Other days I struggle with insomnia and can’t muster up any ounce of energy to get out from under my sheets. But even on my ‘down’ days, I’ve found little things that help make me feel better when I’m not feeling so hot during this quarantine, and hopefully it can help you too:
- Keep a journal.
– Write down how you’re feeling that day. What you ate. What you did or didn’t do. Your goals for the day. Honestly, just jot down anything comes to mind.
– For me personally, I like to keep a very detailed log of my day. This way I’m able to compare the days to determine some of the causes of why I felt worse on certain days compared to others, and how to fix that.
- Take a social media break.
– Too much social media has never been good for me. I get lost in the comparison of my lives to others and I oftentimes will feel defeated. I think especially during this quarantine, it’s good to take a breather from it all, even just for a little bit.
– It doesn’t have to be something drastic like deleting all of your social media. (I’ve tried this numerous times and it just doesn’t work for me.)
– It could perhaps be taking a day off of social media or for me, I simply turned off the notifications for all of my social media. This has definitely cut down on my time endlessly scrolling through my feed.
- Read a book.
– Read that novel you’ve been meaning to get to. Check out that self-help book that your coworker has been recommending. Or maybe look for a book that can teach you a new skill. The options are endless.
– The libraries here are open for curbside pickup. I’m not kidding you, I rented out about 7 books. There’s just something about snuggling up to a good read in my fuzzy papasan chair that just makes me feel so warm & cozy.
- Cuddle a puppy (or any other furry animal)(or person)!!!
– I’m so grateful to be at home with my pupper Sushii. I wholeheartedly believe that dogs can sense when you’re feeling upset or nervous. Or it at least seems like my dog can sense it every time. He’ll snuggle up next to me and never leave my side. It’s the sweetest, most heart-warming thing.
– So snuggle up next to your puppy, furry animal, or favorite person. Sometimes you forget just how far a long embrace can go.
These are just a few things that played as a reminder for me of how the simplest of things can bring happiness. It reminds me to take a step back from the big picture and look for the little things that bring me joy. : )
**This post was written a couple weeks ago when I was back home in Minnesota, just have not gotten around to posting it.