With cold winter weather people are forced to stay at home. For Americans this has been a change of pace over the last year as being on-the-go has come to a screeching halt with COVID-19, unemployment, and now the weather. For those with social lifestyles, being homebound can lead to delirium and even feelings of suicide. Keep motivation up and a positive spirit. Here are a few ideas to ‘make it through’ the most difficult of days and make staying at home fun:
- Get up early. Starting the day at a reasonably early time wards off laziness which can lead to negatively.
- Make plans for the day. Have an idea of what you want to do or accomplish.
- Learn something new.
- Make a scrapbook your photos of family, friends, or trips. Create a photo collage as a gift for someone else.
- Make exercise as a mandatory part of your day.
- Set aside time for prayer and meditation.
- Listen to music.
- Listen to motivational speakers.
- Join in on business networking groups online.
- Join an online book club.
- Login to the library and check out e-books, movies, and audio selections.
- Enjoy the outdoors. Work or play outside. Go for a walk. Get some fresh air. If you cannot leave the house, take a trip online using Google. Create a theme for the day. Find items around the house to dress up like the culture and eat food typical of the country you visit.
- Find a hobby that you can enjoy. Check books out from the library.
- Find work online. Search on TikTok and Facebook.
- Make a portfolio of your work.
- Start your own business.
- Change your environment and work elsewhere. Switch rooms to work in. Rearrange furniture in a room around at home for a new look. Find new energy working at the library, a coffee shop, or another place.
- Reward yourself with what is within budget. Treat yourself to a soda, chocolate, order a pizza, a movie, a new outfit online, a new subscription, play a game, find a recipe to make, collect items on Pinterest, or download a new app.
- Add “house projects” as part of your schedule—those projects you’ve been putting off. Clean and organize your house, storage areas, and car.
- Sign-up to volunteer online.
- Have a karaoke party with yourself or others. Turn on closed caption to see lyrics of songs you can listen to on your phone and sing your heart out.
- If you are in a job search, set aside job applications which are overly frustrating. These are the ones which are too involved or ones which are a struggle to fill out because the data fields do not easily take information. Set them aside until later or bypass them all together.
- Be sure to plan for unemployment calls which have intricate voicemail systems or long hold times. Set aside time when you are doing something else and don’t mind holding on the phone. Make it a time to relax with a favorite drink, give yourself a foot spa, sew, or flip through a magazine. Have something to stay busy with as you are on hold. These types of calls can cause undue amounts of frustration and add to an already existing feeling of despair.
- When hopelessness and despair starts to creep in, stop and breakdown your time to just get through the next hour, the next minute, or even the next second.
- Still feeling frustrated? Switch gears and take a break from what you intended for the day. Find a blanket, soft pillow, and curl up and take a nap.
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