Even in a less-than-ideal situation, you can still make the most of your time. Here’s how to thrive when you’re stuck at home.
It’s March 2020. The world is in a state of panic. Our future is uncertain.
We’re in the midst of a global emergency, but we must maintain a positive mindset, even in this frightening and stressful situation. I know it’s hard. Trust me, my anxiety kicks in every time I turn on the news.
But I think we should try to view this situation from an objective standpoint. Time for a reality check!
Let’s examine the facts:
- This situation is only temporary.
- Things will get better eventually.
- Certain aspects of our lives are still within our control.
- There are new opportunities available to us.
It’s totally understandable to feel like everything is falling apart. I’m not trying to make light of this terrible situation at all. However, I believe in always looking for the silver lining, even in the darkest of places.
So, today’s post is about finding opportunities within challenges. Many of us are confined to our homes, but we can still make the most of our time.
Keep reading for 15 tips on how to thrive when you’re stuck at home:
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1. Get dressed for the day.
I love lounging around the house in pajamas as much as anyone does, but I feel more intentional when I get dressed like I’m going to work (or at least to a coffee shop).
Getting dressed for the day will put you in a productive state of mind. Especially if you work from home, it’s important to be in the right mindset to conquer your to-do list and get things done!
2. Order grocery delivery and cook your meals.
If you don’t want to risk going to the store, I get it! This is where grocery delivery services like Instacart come in handy.
Nutrition is a crucial part of maintaining your physical and mental health. If you can, try to get groceries and cook healthy meals while you’re at home. You’ll feel better and have peace of mind that you’re taking care of your body in this uncertain time.
3. Form an at-home exercise routine.
Now is a great time to take on that at-home fitness challenge you’ve been wanting to try. Alternatively, you could look up strength training exercises that use bodyweight or minimal equipment.
If you feel up to it, consider going for a walk or jog around your neighborhood. You’ll be safe as long as you can maintain a reasonable distance from other people.
And of course, wash your hands and shower frequently to maintain your health.
4. Follow best practices for wellness at home.
Being cooped up inside for too long can take a toll on your wellness routine. Fortunately, there are ways to take better care of yourself when you’re at home.
Check out this post on 18 Work From Home Wellness Tips. Even if you aren’t currently working, you can apply the tips to your lifestyle!
5. Consider looking for a remote job.
If you’re too stressed out, I understand why you might not want to work. However, if you feel like you’re in a bad spot financially, getting a remote job could take a lot of pressure off of you.
While many companies recently had to lay people off, others had to hire hundreds or thousands of new workers. There are opportunities out there. You just have to find them!
I recommend doing a quick Google Search to find the latest openings. You never know what you’ll find until you actually look!
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6. Focus on personal growth and living with intention.
Self-love and personal growth helped me survive the lowest points of my life.
I know it’s not easy to focus on self-improvement when you feel like the world is crashing down. But from my experience, a positive mindset and a productive lifestyle can get me out of any rut!
If you need to redefine your intent, I suggest writing a mission statement for personal growth. It will help you plan your short-term and long-term goals based on what you truly want in life.
7. Consume beneficial content and avoid negativity.
Like I mentioned earlier, I can’t watch the news for too long or my anxiety goes through the roof.
It’s important to stay current on the latest recommendations from the government, but too much consumption of stressful content can be detrimental to your mental health.
Especially in this nerve-racking time, I suggest you limit your consumption of content that elicits negative emotions. For example, the news.
Instead, try to consume content that is beneficial for you. You could watch a romantic comedy, listen to a self-improvement podcast, or read a “For Dummies” book to learn a new skill.
Anything that gives you life, makes you feel happy, or teaches you something new counts as beneficial. So, turn off the news, pour yourself a glass of wine, and watch your favorite TV show!
8. Stay productive if it helps you manage stress.
I’m happiest when I have something to do. That’s why I try to stay productive at all times.
If you’re the same way, try to keep yourself busy. I have a couple of posts that may give you good ideas:
- 130 Productive Things to Do When You’re Bored
- 15 Fun, Creative, and Productive Things to Do When You’re Stuck Inside
9. …or just relax and practice self-care.
I stay productive because it helps me. However, it’s essential to prioritize your mental health, especially right now.
If you just don’t feel up to doing anything, don’t feel bad! It’s not worth it to force yourself to be productive if nothing beneficial will come out of it.
If you’re struggling to deal with stress, try practicing self-care. It will hopefully help you feel more relaxed and at ease with the current situation.
Here’s some self-care inspo for your routine:
- 60 Easy Self-Care Ideas for Everyday Life
- 30 Ways to Practice Self-Care in Under 30 Minutes
- How to Build Your Own Self-Care Routine
- How to Plan the Perfect Self-Care Day
- 31 Self-Care Kit Ideas for Physical and Mental Wellness
- 25 Relaxing Self-Care Sunday Ideas
10. Organize your home (and life!)
When I’m organized, I feel less stressed. Here are some things that help me:
- Decluttering my desk.
- Cleaning my room.
- Organizing the files on my desktop.
- Sorting the apps on my phone into folders.
- Creating spreadsheets to organize my blog and social media content.
- Planning my schedule for the week.
For more ideas, check out my post on 12 Habits of Super Duper Organized People.
11. Find a new creative hobby.
A creative hobby will distract you from the negativity in the world, and it can also help you diversify your skillset. You could even turn your new hobby into a side hustle if you want to earn some extra cash!
Don’t know which hobby to try? Check out these posts:
12. Create a vision board or focus board.
I’m talking about two different things here. See the difference below:
A vision board will help you clarify your dreams and manifest everything you want in life.
A focus board will help you organize your thoughts and visualize your goals. Think of it as a mind map for personal growth!
Both are tools that will help you create a life you love. And being stuck at home is a great time to make one!
Learn how to make your own vision board.
Learn how to create your own focus board.
13. Slow down and appreciate the little things in life.
Everything moves so fast. It’s easy to get caught up in a busy routine and forget what truly matters in life.
While you’re at home, just slow down. Practice mindfulness. Enjoy the small pleasures in your day.
For inspiration, read this post on 75 Little Things in Life Worth Celebrating.
14. Be grateful for what you have.
Gratitude is the key to a positive mindset. Instead of worrying about your problems all day, think about all the things you have. Be grateful for your life in its current state, even if it’s not perfect.
You could even start a gratitude journal. I’ve learned that when I write down my thoughts, they become stronger and more likely to come to fruition.
Check out this post for more ideas on how to show gratitude.
15. Spend time with the people you love.
If you live with your family, now is the perfect opportunity to spend quality time with them. Hang out, play games, laugh together, and show a little extra love to the people you care about.
However, I also understand that self-isolation is important right now. If you think it’s best to stay home instead of visiting your family and friends, you can still enjoy quality time together.
Here are some ways to spend quality time with your loved ones while keeping your distance:
- Facetime them!
- Watch a show or movie on Netflix together.
- Host a virtual happy hour.
- Play online multiplayer games.
There are tons of ways to stay connected. Keep brainstorming!
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