To say that it’s been a rough year would be putting it lightly. At this point, most of us are running on fumes. We’re stressed, exhausted, and run-down —and with many regions of the world facing a second wave of COVID-19 (and further lockdowns), it doesn’t look like it’s going to get better anytime soon.
Amidst such an atmosphere, the best thing any of us can do is keep ourselves occupied. Find a way to fill up all the seemingly-infinite spare time many of us now have. Find something constructive, fulfilling, and creative to help you pass the time.
Here are a few that we highly recommend.
Plant A Garden
Per Psychology Today, there are multiple mental health benefits associated with gardening. For one, a bit of fresh air and sunlight does everyone a bit of good. And even if you have an indoor garden or greenhouse, there’s simply something relaxing about caring for and cultivating a crop of plants, whether for food or simply for aesthetics.
Moreover, green space is proven to have many positive effects on our psyche, including helping with both anxiety and depression.
Create Some Art
There are few things more fulfilling than creative expression. Ever since the earliest days of human existence, we’ve expressed ourselves through art. And while you cope with the stress of isolation and quarantine, so can you.
Train yourself to learn a new craft, like cross-stitch or oil painting. Write a song, or try your hand at some poetry. Practice calligraphy, try making something new or learn a new instrument.
Not only can this help you take your mind off the stressors in your life, but it can also help you better cope with, understand, and manage your emotions. By channeling your thoughts and feelings into artwork, you can develop a new, deeper understanding of who you are as a person, and how you relate to your surroundings. Plus, immersing yourself so thoroughly in creative flow is incredibly relaxing.
Learn To Cook
Last but certainly not least, consider cooking or baking. There are countless recipes and guides on the Internet for everything from delicious desserts to filling and healthy dinners. Why not try your hand at a few?
Teach yourself to mix up your favorite dessert. Practice making some new meals that catch your attention. Learn how to make your own bread, or create your own sourdough starter.
Being stuck inside doesn’t mean you can’t still eat well and treat yourself, after all. And learning to prepare your own meals is both more satisfying and far healthier than constantly ordering in. Take our word on that one — delivery gets expensive after a while.
Better Days Will Come
The coronavirus pandemic won’t last forever. And even if you’re in an area suffering through a second wave and another lockdown, that, too, will pass. In the meantime, the best you can do — the best any of us can do — is manage the day-to-day. Find something that fulfills you and enriches your life, and lose yourself in it.
You may be surprised at how much it helps.