Communicate: While staying at home is challenging emotionally, mentally, and socially,
technology makes it easier than ever to stay connected. Phone calls and
text messages may be second nature by now, but you could also consider
video chat programs like
FaceTimeon the iPhone or
Google Hangouts on any device. It can be a good compromise when being together in person
is not possible. You can even arrange a time to get together virtually
with friends and family for coffee, dinner or drinks. Create a time and
then all log in to a chat program together!
Exercise: Get out your resistance bands, yoga mat or walking shoes! There is nothing
like exercise to make you feel whole again. Just make sure to avoid larger
groups and practice social distancing. If you wanted to stay indoors,
YouTube has exercise videos that could help you get started. Also, the
Nike Training Club apphas great exercise videos, as does
Meditate: It’s a good practice during this challenging time. Consider downloading
a meditation app on your phone or computer, such as
Ten Percent Happier(which offers a free “Coronavirus Sanity Guide” with meditations and other resources) and
Calm. Please note, these apps require a paid subscription to access the full
app, but they usually have free trial periods or limited free sessions.
Try a new hobby: Did you love to write poems as a child, or perhaps you loved drawing,
coloring or painting? Were puzzles your thing, or sitting down with a
great book? Some hobbies may require supplies that you don’t have
at home, but you might be able to order them online. Other ideas include:
Knitting, calligraphy, writing, baking, taking an online class, watching
movies, learning a new language or fixing or tinkering with something
around the house.
Cook: Prepare a meal with all the foods in your refrigerator that you have
been stockpiling. If you live near an older adult in your neighborhood,
consider dropping off a portion of your cooked bounty to them. (Just be
sure to practice good hygiene habits like frequent handwashing while cooking.)
If you need meal ideas, check out our
Cooking for Wellness blog, which features recipes our registered dietitians have taught in our cooking
classes or chef demos.
Listen: Music is a balm for stressed nerves. If you’d prefer stories or
news, there are millions of podcasts available on thousands of topics.
Find music online, through an app like Spotify or Pandora, or pull out
the CD player or boom box. If you’re looking for Playlist recommendations,
we heard that University of Rochester President Sarah Mangelsdorf has
enjoyed a Spotify playlist called “Quarantunes” curated by Rita Wilson while quarantined with her husband Tom Hanks