Are you going crazy being holed up in your house all day during the lockdown? Read our article for easy tips to keep your mind fresh.
Our brains naturally like to be active. When we are not keeping them busy, they wander to subjects that might be stressful, and there happen to be a lot of sources for stress in the world today. During this unprecedented time of social distancing, where we have to avoid meeting in groups or standing too close to each other, a lot of activities that would otherwise keep our brains occupied are suddenly off the table. More now than ever it is important to keep our brains busy especially with the extra downtime. But what can we do to keep the mind working?
1) Try To Maintain a Daily Routine.
Studies have shown that maintaining a routine can limit stress. If you are working from home, for example, try to keep the same morning routine as if you were going to the office—shower in the morning, change into work clothes, sit at a desk, keep a regular lunch, and avoid distractions. If you are not working, then create a realistic routine for yourself that you can maintain. Perhaps have a healthy breakfast, exercise in the morning, prepare a meal for the family in the afternoon, and spend some downtime with hobbies that keep your brain working.
Exercise can help maintain our physical as well as our mental health. With social distancing, going to the gym may no longer be possible. However, there are many forms of exercise you can practice at home. Stretching, body weight exercises, and cardiovascular exercises can all keep our brains healthy. Take advantage of the spring weather and go for a nice walk around your neighborhood, run along your favorite trail, or bike ride around the less busy streets in town.
3) Get In Touch With Your Creative Side.
Many people have ideas for projects that never happen due to lack of time. Well, social distancing grants us that time. Create that online blog or video series you have been planning. If you are interested in the arts, start investing time into creating collages, paintings, or other crafts. While restaurants have taken a back seat, feel free to experiment with the healthy meals you prepare. Creativity can keep your brain working and off the stressors of our times.
4) Put Time into Hobbies that Stimulate your Brain.
Our hobbies can help maintain our brain health and lower our risk for cognitive decline. If there is a series of books you have been meaning to try, now is a great time. Activities that challenge the brain, such as crosswords, word searches, Sudoku puzzles, arts and crafts, and puzzles are great uses of time that will pay off in the short and long term. Playing board games with friends and family at home can keep your brain working while maintaining a social connection.
5) Stay Socially Engaged.
Humans are social creatures, and social distancing does not mean social isolation. Not being able to gather in large groups or get too close to each other should not particularly mean a halt to your social relationships. Technology has given us video calls, and in a time when gathering together is not an option, seeing each other as we talk is an important way to maintain that connection.