By: Alexis Atkinson
The world is suffering through a global pandemic. Currently, most of the US is shut down. Over 200 million Americans are ordered to stay inside their homes for a minimum of 4 weeks. It hasn't been easy for a lot of us. I am sharing my top 5 things that I do daily to keep my mental health in check, something I find very important.
You probably hear that being said over and over again, and for good reason. The first thing I like to do when depression starts to hit is to go outside. Whether I take a bike ride around my neighborhood or go for a run, it's sure to relieve some of that angst energy. Listening to the birds, watching the fish in the pond, or passing by a turtle helps you stay present. That is what we need to do during this time-- stay present.
Personally, I don't paint well. I've never really had that artistic touch. Regardless, painting makes me feel good. You can express your emotions through a painting. Whether it's abstract or a scene in you head, you decide.
There's something about writing your feelings down on paper with a good ole' fashioned pen and paper. There is a physical release that happens when you perform the act of writing your feelings. There is no way to deny them, and to only accept and validate your feelings, and move on. Rip it up after if you feel the need. Or, simply write a story. Write an article if you'd like about something that interests you.
4. Cook or Bake
Cooking is a great way to show self care. Nourishing your body and taking the time to invest in your health can be super beneficial for your mental health. Taking the time to cook or bake something fabulous will only make you feel good after. (That is, if your spouse or children clean the kitchen up after you.)
5. Watch a Documentary/ Read a Book
Learning about something new is a great way to take your mind off of what is going on around us. Is there something that you've been interested in learning about but haven't had the time? Now is your chance. Watching documentaries can be relaxing yet educational. Of course, reading a book can transport you to another world -- if you let it.
There you have it. Those are my top 5 things that I have done during quarantine to stay sane. So far I have baked bread multiple times, tried some new recipes, done yoga, run almost every day, painted a picture of a chameleon, written articles, and educated myself on different topics of interest.
Stay safe out there.