Whether you're venturing out of the house yet or not, there's no doubt that you may be going through a little cabin fever!
When your home starts multi purposing as your office, gym, daycare, and living space, you’re bound to feel like you’re losing your sanity. Not to worry, KABAKI has come up with a few tips to help you out.
GET SOME FRESH AIR
Spending too much time cooped up indoors is bound to make anyone feel stir crazy. Try to get outside, if you can. The Environmental Protection Agency research says that people spend on average 90% of their time indoors. In fact, they say that indoor air can be more polluted compared to air outside in major cities and may lead to risks associated with indoor air pollutants. Getting outside and reconnecting with nature is one of the best things you can do for both your physical and mental health. Studies show that spending just 20 minutes outside can lower stress hormones, boost self esteem, improve your overall mood, and some doctors even recommend spending time outdoors to deal with chronic stress. So take the doctors orders and go for a walk around the neighborhood, spend time in your backyard or a local park, or even plan a family camping trip. A great site for finding private camping spots in case your public spots are still closed is Hipcamp. Check it out here.
PUT THE SCREEN DOWN
Being at home all day, it’s easy to get in the habit of watching TV or scrolling online more than you had before. While it’s great to still stay connected, don’t forget to put the screen away and set apart time to focus on your mental health and wellbeing. Excessive screen time is linked to mental health issues such as depression and anxiety as well as sleep issues. To read more about how screens can affect your sleep, take a look at our article on Creating Daily Habits To Be Successful Working From Home.
LEARN SOMETHING NEW
If you have a little extra time on your hands, try learning a new skill! This can be anything from learning a language, brushing up on your cooking skills, or starting a DIY project. There are various online resources available to foster skills. Subscription based resources such as Masterclass or Skillshare let you learn from some of the best industry experts on a variety of different subjects. You can also learn various skills for free on YouTube. If you want to learn a new language, Duolingo is a great free online resource or you can download the an app to your phone or tablet. Really, the possibilities are endless!
Just because you spend time indoors doesn’t mean you still can’t socialize. Utilizing video calls such as Facetime or Zoom can make the distance between friends and family feel a lot smaller. If you can safely distance yourself, go for walks with friends or sit in a park. There are also some amazing tools online that can make spending time apart much more fun such as Netflix Party. Netflix Party is a Chrome extension that is free for Netflix users where you can watch your favorite TV shows, movies and live chat with your friends at the same time. Although it may not be ideal, it doesn't mean you can’t get creative with different ways to socialize with your friends and family.
FOSTER A PET
Need a little company? Foster a pet! Fostering a pet is different than adopting a pet. With fostering, you’re giving an animal a temporary home until they are adopted by someone else. Fostering a pet decreases the number of animals that are euthanized in shelters every year, so essentially you may be saving an animal’s life. Fostering a pet is also a great way to ease loneliness and research has found that having a pet can actually reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. And if you really can’t fathom letting your foster pet go, most shelters give you the option of adopting them yourself!
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