These are trying times for all of us — not only is the entire country at risk of infection from a dangerous new viral outbreak, but we’re being asked to self-isolate. This can have extremely detrimental physical and psychological impacts if not done correctly, no matter how necessary it is that we abide by these government orders. They become more cumbersome each day. New ones are also likely to be implemented.
In other words, now is the time to learn how to cope!
Measures put into place by state and local governments in the United States are much less strict than those put into place by other countries like China or South Korea. As such, you’re allowed to venture outside. And you should go outside. You need exercise, and fresh air has been proven to have a net-positive effect on personal well-being. That means you can keep walking the dog, go for a jog whenever you start to feel stir-crazy, or hike for hours in the woods.
Keep in mind that you should be engaging in these activities alone. If you have company, you need to stay six feet apart for your health and theirs. This is necessary to halt transmission of the virus. Going out in large groups is strictly forbidden. Take this seriously.
Although supplies in grocery stores are limited right now, keep trying until you find the fundamentals: fresh fruits and vegetables, canned foods, and dry goods like beans and rice. Tortillas are a great option if you’re looking for foods that stay fresh. You can even use them to make PB&J! Tofu, Kefir, yogurt, apples, carrots, and pears will all stay fresh for a few weeks. You can freeze other foods. Frozen fruits and veggies retain nearly all of their nutritional value, so feel free to stock up!
There are other ways to relax as well. Making a routine is one of the most important things you can do when you’re stock at home every day. Don’t sleep in just because you can! You’re not a teenager anymore and it’s your job to stay healthy and happy. Get up and go to bed at the same hour each day. Have a cup of coffee, take a shower, and get dressed as if you were going to work.
From there, either work from home or, if you can’t, spend time with the family as if it were your job! This will help you get a little extra exercise. Eat meals regularly and limit snacking. Instead of spending time looking at screens, you can read a book, listen to music, or do a crossword puzzle from the newspaper. The opportunities to get through this unscathed are endless.