Being homebound and with stress about our world and daily life can be though for ourselves and hurt the relationship with our inner self and also with family and partners with whom we are with. We should embrace new tactics to deal with our new routine and I’m sharing a couple that aid my mental health during this quarantine.
Improve your wellness: Meditate more often
I strongly believe that meditation is not about settling the mind or having “no thoughts” but is about to learn about our own thought process. Sometimes we are cruel to ourselves and act very aggressively against our selves. We even say things with our inner evil voice that we wouldn’t dare to tell our partner or friends. Because of that action meditation is key. You can learn and get faster at recognizing that evil voice and be more reasonable. Are you really stupid, idiot, or a mess just because of one-time failure? Or some mistake you did. You are not. And having this thought training, meaning meditation on your side you will get faster and better at policing your inner voice and being more kind to yourself.
Improve your wellness: communicate to others the difference between alone time and together time
This is truly important! You know that time when you are on the sofa super comfy listening to a video or just reading a book calmly and someone at the house comes and starts talking to you. You answer fast, hoping that it will suffice but then… other question and another and yet another. You start to get upset and murder she wrote. I’m being a tad dramatic here but it is important to voice out, especially if we are stuck in the same space when it is people time and alone time. Some people don’t understand this or is just because our partner or spouse is just over-excited about something and cannot “read” that we are in another time zone… the alone time zone. Talking and being polite explaining that it is important to finish the book/chapter or video now and we will give our full attention, later on, is a great skill to develop for now and for later in life. This will not only aid your wellness it will also help to avoid discussions at home!
Schedule themed nights or movie nights
This is great and for me aids me with my mental health. Being home has made me feel stuck to a routine of domestic chores like cleaning and working and not having a special treat night to just sit back and relax. Scheduling a night to see a series of movies or just to order in or even cook something ( i love cooking and for me is not a chore most of the days) I’ve been really happy about quarantine. I’ve done Asian themed nights, Mexican nights, and even Italian nights with some fresh pasta! These small treats make me happy and break the everyday routine for me, I challenge myself to try a new recipe and do something that we can enjoy as a family!
Improve wellness: Make things that are sharable
This is my best rule! Do things that you imagine yourself sharing on social media or that you would talk with a friend about. The point is not sharing something but usually we can know right away if our chores, tasks, and adventures are something that we would share or not with another person. We should aim for those activities and things that we believe that are sharable because those are the things we are proud of! Make things and engage in activities that you feel proud of. Usually behaviors like her drinking, smoking, laying all day on your pajamas, and just indulge in mindless tv binging is not good or something that we would happily share. On the contrary, having a homemade cocktail at our balcony, watching a documentary, the latest series or some iconic movie is something we would share.
And you what are your tips and tricks for wellness during this homebound period?