Exercise

There is an entire universe of free yoga classes on YouTube and some local practitioners have started uploading classes, and some instructors are live-streaming their classes from home. If you are not in actual quarantine, go for a walk or run outside, while keeping your distance from others.

Meditate

Dont’ be put off this idea as it can very helpful.  The New York Times has a helpful guide on how to start.

Limit your time online

Installing a website blocker will temporarily force you off websites like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram which can give you anxiety.

Take a bath

A relaxing bath can made even better with bubbles, salts, oils, candles, and face masks. 

Think about what you’re grateful for

You can do this in a journal, writing down one gratitude a day, or doodling out people, pets, and other things you’re grateful for in a sketchbook. 

Embrace a hobby

Partake in a hobby that you really do just for fun: don’t be tempted to show it off on Instagram or turn it into a side-hustle. Relatedly, do something with your hands: crocheting, beading, embroidery, woodworking can provide great release.

Cook and bake

Take a cue from Quartz’s food reporter Chase Purdy, who writes: “For many, cooking at home is intimidating—and nobody wants a recipe to go wrong when they’re already managing the stress of the world beyond their front doors. But instead of being an added source of stress, in a time of self-imposed isolation, cooking can be an act of self-care.”

Do video therapy

Many therapists are offering videoconferencing as an option for their patients, during what is a highly anxious and isolating time for many.

De-clutter

Organise the drawer that has been begging for order, rearrange the living room furniture, or finally get your filing cabinet in order.

Watch something upbeat

It’s highly tempting to catch up on prestige TV right now, but a lot of current critically-acclaimed shows tend to be depressing or stressful. So throw in something fun, like a musical. Try some old Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movies. Nothing takes your mind off an epidemic like a mind-blowing tap number.

Read a book

Books are a great bet for escapism. or try out an audiobook while taking a bath ( see previous idea) 

Hang out with your pet or kids

Teach your dog a new trick.  Bake a cake with your child.  

Learn something new

There’s a nearly unlimited number of online classes on websites like edX or Skillshare, whether you want to learn coding or needlepoint.

Remember that you’re not alone

These tips are about self-care, but humans generally need community to be happy. Write a letter to your older relatives , get on a Google hangout with your co-workers, and FaceTime your friends. Also: if you’re still able to go outside, consider helping a neighbor in need of a some shopping or medication.

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