At the moment, the world might feel as though it’s been flipped upside down. As the pandemic continues, everyone is having to get used to this new normal of staying inside, only being limited to one form of exercise a day and being isolated from their loved ones. And because of this, it could wreak havoc on your mental health.
Which is why it’s so important to find activities that keep your mind active throughout the time. Although it might be difficult to find the motivation for these, the long term benefits make them more than worth it in the long run. But where do you start with this? If you’re stuck for inspiration, here are 5 ideas that you could use:
Learn a Language!
Ok, so this isn’t the easiest activity. But it can prove to be very beneficial in the future when it comes time to travel again. There are so many apps now available that let you learn a new language in your own time.
With fun quizzes, video tutorials and more, you’ll be able to learn a language from the comfort of your home. It will also ensure that your brain is kept active and that you’re discovering an extraordinary new skill.
If you have a backyard, then this is the perfect opportunity to get out and give it the TLC that it deserves. There are so many benefits that you can reap from gardening, from reducing stress to improving body strength and your sleep pattern. These benefits are particularly important at the moment, if you’re feeling shut off from the outside world.
If you want to channel your inner Bob Ross, then why not try painting? Whether you paint something on a blank canvas or you invest in a paint-by-numbers kit, you’ll have a wonderful painting at the end of the process that you can hang proudly on your wall.
Plus, it’s a calming and stress-easing activity that you’ll enjoy doing while in the lockdown. You might even love it so much that you make it a hobby after quarantine is over!
One of the most traditional ways to keep the mind active is to complete a puzzle or a jigsaw. But these activities are even more prevalent in the current times. No matter if you love to complete a sudoku challenge, a jigsaw, or a crossword there are plenty of places that you can get them from. For example, there are Crossword Subscriptions available online that are delivered straight to your door.
Connect with Loved Ones (Virtually!)
Another way to boost your happiness, reduce anxiety and keep your mind functioning is to connect with your loved ones via video call. Seeing their faces and catching up with them is a wonderful activity to do during this time, no matter where they are located in the world. A blessing that’s granted by technology, you’ll feel more connected with them the moment you see them on the screen.
This is a contributed post. While Amber didn’t write it, she has approved it for you all.