Being quarantined has even the happiest of people a little bit down. If you’re feeling’ “blah”, here are a few simple ways you can turn that frown upside down…
Dance more: You may not be in a dancin’ mood these days, but you know there’s that one song that could get you there. It doesn’t matter if it’s Steve Winwood or Lizzo, whatever gets you moving will be good for your soul. I’ve even heard of companies having dance parties over Zoom. I know the thought of that makes some of you nervous, but who cares? Let loose and have fun. We’re on quarantine rules now.
Rest more: Sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day. If you feel like working from home is making you work way too much, it’s time to make rest a priority. According to research, happy people sleep better and sleeping well makes you happier. It’s a win-win situation.
Socialize more: If you live alone, then you may be spending a lot of time alone right now. Your mood is greatly influenced by those we surround ourselves with, so surround yourself with positivity however you can. If you need a daily conversation with your neighbor from the safety of your own front yards, then go outside and yell across the street if you have to. Also take advantage of FaceTime and any other similar video chat apps. It’s uplifting to be around the people you care about, even if it’s only in a virtual way.
Give more: One of the best ways to make yourself happier is to give happiness to someone else. Studies have shown that those who volunteer are happier than those who don’t. An act of kindness can also have a great effect on you. Come up with some simple ways you can make someone’s day and see if it turns your mood around. Obviously, your options may be limited right now, but even if you can’t donate your time, you can always lend a financial hand to those who are on the frontlines. Find a way to thank first responders for the hard work they’re doing right now.