Stem The Pandemic Blues
- Double down on physical self-care — especially exercise. The first step in boosting happiness is to take care of your body. Physical experience will always influence your emotional experience. Exercise is the magical elixir of life. Even taking a quick walk can do the trick. Research shows that a mere 12 minute walk is sufficient to create an upbeat, happy mood."
- Meditate. "You'll actually foster inner joy by slowing to meditate for even five minutes at a time.
- Improve sleep. A good night's sleep is hard to come by when you're self-quarantined, but rest is crucial to both physical and mental wellness. Set an alarm to go to bed, just as you set one to wake up in the morning.
- Connect with other people. We're fortunate that we have so much technology we can use to connect with people who aren't nearby. Now's also the time to look out for our loved ones who may not know how to use these technologies. Make sure they're not left out or isolated.
- Make your bed and declutter your space. A lot of people feel more inner calm and happiness when their outer surroundings are more clutter-free. Decluttering can be difficult now, with more people home and a heavier load on your household, but whatever you can do can help give you a sense of control over your life.
- Experience nature — even if that's just looking at a photo. We may have to work a bit harder to access nature right now, with many county and state parks closed, but if you can put that extra effort in, you'll likely be happy you did.
- Say thank you. Rather than noticing what you don't have, pause to give gratitude for what you do have. The trick here is to really immerse yourself in gratitude not only by say, writing down a list of things you're grateful for, but by thanking everyone who crosses your path, including yourself. One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make others happy. So ask yourself, 'How can I lift other people's spirits?'"