Taking a Mental Vacation from the Coronavirus Pandemic

Daniella Cressman
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During the pandemic, it is easy to be stressed out. The news is rolling out a new set of stories about violence and destruction almost every day, and you are likely concerned about exactly how long this pandemic is going to last. During these challenging times, you’re probably looking for ways to chill out and escape from all the noise, if only for a little while.

1. DO YOGA

You can do some yin yoga or start a restorative practice. You probably have more time on your hands than you normally would and it certainly wouldn’t hurt to invest in self-care. You might as well use it to invest in your health.

2. DRINK K-CHILL

Drink. Relax. Be happy. We offer a wonderful beverage that is excellent for your health. This is definitely a good way to unwind after a long day.

3. MEDITATE

Meditation is often touted for its benefits, and for a good reason. It helps with anxiety, depression, and brain fog. You might struggle at times, but that’s okay because many people do. It’s such a challenge to sit still and observe your thoughts, but it has so many wonderful results if you practice consistently.

It’s ideal to meditate for twenty minutes in the morning and twenty in the evening. However, it’s essential to remember that meditating for three minutes consistently is better than meditating for long periods of time on one day and then not meditating at all for weeks. This practice will have a positive influence on every area of your life.

4. EXERCISE

Exercise helps you feel better. If you live in a city, you might want to dance along to an instructional video. This will help you feel more energetic; it’s important to keep staying motivated and not let the craziness of the world right now bring you down.

If you decide to go to a park, always wear a mask. If you’re in the country, it’s a good idea to head out into super rural areas and go for a hike. Having an incredible adventure can be quite healing; you could simply go for a slow nature walk near a stream or, if you are feeling more adventurous, you could hike up a more challenging, steeper trail.

5. COOK YOUR FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD

Do you like lasagna, baked beans, or nachos? Whatever your comfort food is, don’t be afraid to treat yourself. This meal will be nourishing for your body and your soul, which is probably exactly what you need right now.

6. LISTEN TO MUSIC

However dismal life may seem right now, it is nice that a lot of musicians have released music during these challenging times. These songs can help you escape from reality for a little while. Living in someone else’s world for a few moments is something you will most likely appreciate.

7. SKYPE

If you’re living by yourself, you might feel incredibly lonely during these trying times. While visiting virtually will never be exactly the same as seeing your buddies in person, it is at least something. This will likely help you feel less alone, and it’s important to engage with others and maintain your relationships.

8. ZOOM EVENTS

A lot of people are very grateful for Zoom right now. Without it, it would be difficult to do anything at all without risking contracting the potentially fatal coronavirus. Luckily, there are plenty of virtual events you can enjoy, from book clubs to virtual concerts. It will never be the same as gathering together in person, but at least it’s better than nothing for now, and you don’t have to risk your health to entertain yourself.

9. MOVIES

There are plenty of old movies that you might want to watch if you are feeling nostalgic. If you need a good laugh, you could watch a standup comedy routine. On the other hand, if you are feeling discouraged and having trouble navigating hopelessness, you might instead opt for inspiring documentaries about navigating the human experience. There are many of them on Netflix, including The Secret, which has invaluable information about the power of positive thinking.

10. READ

Many authors have just released their most recent books! Whether you prefer horror, romance, or science fiction, there are a myriad of options to choose from. If you love reading nonfiction, you might want to read some self-help books. There are so many excellent nonfiction titles that have recently been released about every form of self-care. It can’t hurt to know how to take care of yourself and maintain your health from experts in nutrition, fitness, and mental health, especially these days.

11. VISUAL ART

If you are fascinated by the appearances of objects, landscapes, and people, then you might want to experiment with drawing, or any other type of visual art you’re interested in. Maybe you love drawing Manga characters. Perhaps you will discover your love of photography. It never hurts to explore your creativity and see what happens: The results may astound you.

12. PLAY AN INSTRUMENT

Perhaps you used to play music but something happened in your life that caused you to stop practicing. Maybe you’ve never picked up an instrument in your life, but now might be a good time to start. It’s good for your brain and it’s very freeing: Whatever you are feeling on a particular day, music will give you the opportunity to express it!

13. WRITE

Writing is a very solitary activity, which is quite suitable for these times. Try your hand at a short story or a novel. Query a few magazines about a nonfiction article idea you have, or jot down your thoughts in a diary. During these times, it can be easy to lose hope and to continuously be disappointed about the situation we are in. Nonetheless, now more than ever, it’s important to engage in positive thinking so that you can cope.

Having an optimistic attitude will help you get through these tough times. Make sure that you take care of yourself physically and mentally. It’s important to work out, eat well, and keep your immune system in good shape. Remember that, although we are physically apart, our actions have an enormous impact on the masses, and we are deeply connected emotionally.

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