Coping During Lockdown
- Put yourself on a news diet. Limit how much you read about COVID-19.
- Check-in once a day with the stuff you need to know. (Michigan.gov is a pretty good source.) Then stop.
- Bring back the art of conversation. Try talking about things other than Coronavirus.
- I know the TV is an easy solution, and I'm not saying don't watch it. Just don't make that the only thing you do with your time. Do a hobby. Read a book. Play a board game with family members. Cook. Do some yard work.
- Go outdoors. This is one of the more under-rated things we can do to help ourselves.
- Give your dog or cat a little extra love. You'll both feel better.
- Sleep more. (Most of us don't get enough sleep.)
- If you work from home, tinker with your workspace. Can you make it better?
- Move your body. Don't just sit. Even if you don't have an exercise routine, go for a walk, ride bike, work in the yard…
- Watch a comedy. It helps to laugh.
- Re-read a favorite novel. (Revisiting something familiar can help with overwhelm.)
- If you have a partner, get physical. Affection, touch, sex—these things have the potential to sooth us, give us pleasure, and sometimes even heal us.
- Savor your food and drink. When we savor, we pay close attention to the experience of eating and drinking.
- Start a project. Look around. What needs fixing? Cleaning? Building? Creating?
- If you're working from home, take more breaks if you can. Especially if you have to do a lot of stuff with video conferencing, which seems to wear people out.
- Give your spiritual life some nourishment. Pray, meditate, read poetry, read holy books, or engage in introspective writing. These things are good for the soul.