BEIRUT: As millions of people remain home due to the novel coronavirus, there's an urge to find effective home activities to boost everyone’s mental health.
Samar Abu Assaly, Mental Health Pyscho-Social Support Consultant, argued that maintaining good mental health while being socially distanced requires indulging simple yet efficient activities like coloring and listening to music in our daily routine to mitigate high-stress levels caused by coronavirus. This will also prevent people from developing disorders such as Alzheimer in the long run.
“People have survived the first months of self-quarantine and now it’s their time to sustain in a more relaxed environment and accomplish their work and life duties without negatively affecting their own mental well-being, ” she told Annahar.
While being at home, multiple activities and options can be done to boost people's mood. These options entail jigsawing puzzles with family members, learning a new language on YouTube, redecorating a room, cleaning up clutter from the day, learning a dance routine, looking through photo albums, and connecting with the ones they love through online applications.
In addition, people who are interested in writing can start a challenge like the seven-day journaling challenge to reflect on their day, health, and well-being as well as to ask themselves what brought them joy today.
And since technology occupies a major part of our daily lives, people can still recognize its benefits via downloading informative and enriching applications such as Udemy, Aljazeera, Reuters, etc. that offer free or cheap courses. For example, the Fabulous Application uses science to better people’s well-being and build healthy habits.
For the elders and children who suffer from reading difficulties, they can also have the option of learning online by checking audio Arabic books through KitabSawti or any other application that offers similar free services.
During our busy lives, we don’t get much time to reflect. Thus, being at home isolation allows each person to reflect on their lives. Reflection involves going into deep serious thoughts and answer questions such as: Am I happy with what I’m doing? Did I choose the major that suits me? Is this the right thing to do?
“Self-care must be our top priority today to surpass this critical situation,” mentioned Abu Assaly. “Thus, it’s very important to meditate and visualize what we want to manifest. Unplug your phones or put it away sometimes and stay off social media.”
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