Coping with extended periods of quarantine is not easy. But you can use the time as a positive, to your advantage. Below are some suggested things you can do to retain your mental health.
- Make a well-being plan for the week.
- Make a routine for your day and stick to it as much as possible, After all, this is a practice for retirement and the key to a long life is keeping your mind and body active.
- Each day, go to bed on time, wake up on time, wash, dress, clean your room/ the house. Make breakfast, and plan your day, and help your family plan theirs.
- Stay connected: use the phone, video calls, SMS etc to talk to your close friends, colleagues, and those around you in need of company. Check-in with old or vulnerable people.
- Make a list of your hobbies, and new hobbies of skills you would like to acquire. Make a list and put time aside in the week for these things. You might consider, for example, read and not just Facebook!, Cook, Learn a language, Write stories, letters or refresh your business contacts.
- Make a Stress scrapbook. Make a list of the things you are worried about them, make notes on each worry, and put time aside each day to update this book. When the book is closed, you should not occupy your time with its contents. Reserve a specific time each day to concern yourself with these matters.
- Physical and mental health regime. Put time aside each day to Pray/ reflect/ meditate, Take exercise in the house or garden, Keep a list of things you are grateful for or proud of.
- Look at old photos of holidays, friends, family. Remind yourself what adventures you have had in life.
- Spend time to listen to your favourite music, for a specific amount of time, or listen to a new genre that you didn’t have the patience for before. E.g, listen to all of Mozart’s work on internet radio, Youtube etc.
- Make a list of talents or personal skills you wish you were better at, and make time to research them.
- Think also about career skills you can develop in this free time. What are you lacking in your career/ free time that you would like to be better at?
- Research future holidays: For example, I am planning a motorbike trip around Europe when time permits and I have researched YouTube for the best driving roads through the Alps. I now have a list of 50 great places to see. This is the route I found https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vax5nQzpJdc Do the same, make a holiday plan and use the internet to research each place.
- Make a life plan, as described in the article below. Following this plan, it will allow you to adjust your life according to your wants. Usually, we don’t need major changes to get a significant uplift in happiness/ well being, Read more about life plans here: https://blog.whitemountain.ro/2018/10/how-to-win-at-life/
- Make a list of home improvements you will need in future to optimise your home, for example, for sale or rental later should that apply.
If you have any ideas to add to this list, please email me at info@whitemountain,ro and I will add them.
Download a helpful stress scrapbook and daily planning sheet in the following link. Completing this simple sheet each day will not only make the time pass faster,m but you will actually benefit from the time, which could be days, weeks or even months. Complete the sheet every day. Don’t work on an outdated list or your brain will convince you to ignore it. Fresh list, daily, and do as many of the things you list as you can. 100% guaranteed to make you feel better about this period. Download and print this page. Routine-plan-for-quarantine
Further reading on coping with the boredom of quarantine.