Our mass participation in self quarantining certainly can be argued to be a good thing in terms of saving lives. But the flip side is it is severely restricting our capacity to maintain our mind & body as easily. And if you are in a flat or condo with little in the way of garden space and adjoining neighbours, beside or below, you feel the problems even more.
So this article addresses 4 categories causing massive problems as a result of quarantining and closings to the places and environments we rely on for our health, including very clever ways to make the most of our limited options.
Our brains rely on physical activity to stay mentally sharp. Almost everyone feels the difference in mental performance after a good morning workout, compared to just rolling out of bed onto a laptop. With closed gyms and trails shortchanging workout routines, what can we do to counteract inactivity so our brains actually stay sharp and emotionally resilient during quarantine?
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If you have a large garden or live out in the country, you may not appreciate how awful the workout situation is for people stuck in urban apartments and condos right now.
With no gym or outdoor safe area to work out, and with neighbours in connected units none-too-happy by workouts that are loud, what can urban quarantine citizens do quietly and (almost) silently for a good workout in their cramped homes with no equipment?
Actually, a lot. For cardio and core, exercises like crossover running plank, and squat punch get the heart going without sounding like you’re falling through the apartment unit below you. For leg workouts, pistol squats and levitation squats are nearly silent and equipment free.
For addressing arms and chest from lots of angles with no equipment or noise, divebomber-pushups are a great workout, and for a back workout, the reverse snow angel and the back widow hit all the checkmarks as well. Learn these techniques, and your living room floor can be a quiet, effective gym for the time being.
Quarantine conditions have accelerated everyone realizing the actual status of our human relationships. Being trapped 24/7 with others, being isolated from friends, and worrying about the seniors in our lives, are all happening to all of us, at the same time. Consider these 3 focuses to keep your relationships as a source of strength, rather than stress, during the quarantine.
1- Be aware of the introvert/extrovert spectrum within your home. A person you’re quarantined (including your kids) may tend towards introversion and need periods of alone time more than yourself. Conversely, an extroverted spouse or kid may be relying on more interaction each day than you need yourself to keep them psychologically sound.
This can create tension between personality types trapped in quarantine. Be mindful of these differences, and talk out the best way to balance different ideals of interaction.
2- Take this time to meaningfully reconnect with friends. A cool trend that seems to be emerging from quarantine life, is friends and family gathering on video calls. In some ways, it is bringing us closer together than normal social interaction.
Many in-person social gatherings are mainly comprised of distraction: a ball game, a movie, a loud noisy restaurant, etc.
Instead, virtual-gatherings force more person-centric interaction, and with so much time on our hands, we’re reaching out to old friends, catching up for the first time in ages around a shared, historic experience. Turn this event into a meaningful reconnection opportunity with those you love.
3- Focus on the elders in your life. Covid19 is not only more dangerous for older citizens in terms of virus lethality. It also is more dangerous to them in terms of adaptation capacity. Many seniors have never ordered groceries online before.
They may not have a social network keeping them abreast with links with accurate, up to date virus information, and their underestimating the need for them sheltering in place, could be fatal to them, far more so than most. Challenge yourself to monitor the safety and psychological wellness of a relative or neighbour in their senior years during this crisis.
Even if your home is a tiny apartment, it’s all you have for the time being in providing scenery and aesthetics for your life. Study after study have shown a profound relationship between valuing the aesthetics and beauty of our surroundings, and our psychological health. If your financial situation allows it, use this opportunity to order new artwork and decor, rearrange the furniture into something that meets the eye better, and eliminate clutter.
Maximizing the beauty in the space-consuming your view 24 hours a day, goes a long way towards psychological health. We’re often too busy to value the environmental psychology created by our home. Now more than ever, it’s importance to our health is paramount.
Share this with your loved ones who you sense might be lacking some of these insights for how to best cope with Covid19 quarantine. No one of these things will make a huge difference, but a balanced approach towards all 4 focuses, can make a huge difference in emerging from quarantine as healthy and well as you were when it began.
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