Staying sane during this time can be a challenge. As we are all learning how to stay indoors and keep our distance from one another, we’re developing new routines and rhythms to pass the time.
Luckily, there are many ways to avoid cabin fever while staying safe. Read on for a few tips on what you can do during this uncertain time.
While you can’t just get up and travel wherever you want at the moment, that doesn’t mean you can’t travel from the safety of your computer or phone! Many zoos, museums, and even amusement parks are offering virtual tours while they are closed. For example, check out videos of Disney World ride experiences or take a virtual tour of twelve different museums right from your couch. There is no reason why you can’t enjoy yourself while you are stuck at home! It’s also a great way to keep your children entertained without leaving the house.
Take Care of Your Mental Health
If you look hard enough, you’ll find plenty to do while you are stuck at home. However, constantly being in the house because of social distancing can cause a lot of anxiety and depression. This is especially true for those of us already suffering from a mental illness who are now being asked to stay indoors.
Finding men and women’s mental health help in your city is more important than ever, so please don’t be afraid to reach out. If you already have a doctor or therapist, see what kind of additional help you can get during this time. Many therapists are offering remote support via Skype or text message, so take advantage of these options if necessary.
You more than likely have some type of gaming system at home, even if you have to pull out the old Wii gaming system from the closet!
Avoid cabin fever by setting up the systems that have gotten put aside for years and firing up the old games that have been collecting dust. You might also consider playing open-world video games online as a way to pass the time and keep your mind alert.
What better way to stay in touch with friends and family than by playing games together online? Another way to stay sane at home is to pull out the old board games. Remember how long a game of Monopoly took? Well, now you have the time!
Tackle a Project
If you are spending more time at home, why not tackle that project you have been putting off? Get the family together and paint the spare bedroom, or build a new flower box outside and get planting. Learn how to crochet or knit or pick up your dusty guitar and start strumming away. Improve your cooking skills by making homemade snacks and meals from scratch.
Now is also a great time to pick up the phone and make those calls to old friends and distant family members you have been putting off. You’ll enjoy the added bonus of actual conversations with people you love.
Look Ahead to Future Travel
Now is the perfect time to start planning ahead for travel in late 2020 or 2021. Several companies have flexible policies for cancellations right now, like American Airlines, which right now is letting customers rebook any flights through September 2020 if they were booked before May 31st, 2020.
You can also move around any new travel booked before May 31st for later in the year, without change fees. AA isn’t the only one — all major airline carriers have cancellation policies in place right now, so booking future travel likely isn’t as risky as you might think.
With patience and perseverance, we will all get through this tough time together. If you are wrestling with your mental health during this time, reach out as soon as you can. Remember, you are not alone!