The lockdown can be a challenging time for many especially those who are stuck all alone. These unprecedented times have decided to stay much longer than we expected it to and so it can be mentally and emotionally challenging. Apart from doing meditation or some form of physical exercise, here is a list of 15 things you can do when you are alone to uplift your mood while you are craving for some company too.
1. COOK YOUR FAVOURITE DISH
Cooking is also considered to be a therapy. When you cook your favorite dish and treat yourself you feel happy. The preparation of the dish engages and excites you and while you eat it, it can surely pump you up.
What can be more fun is face-timing your mom while you make the dish so that you don’t feel alone. This way you can hit two targets first being having someone’s company and second being impressing your mom with your cooking skills!
2. PLAY VIDEO GAMES WITH FRIENDS
If you like video games, then playing games with your friends can be a good outlet to kill boredom. Multiplayer games like Fortnite, Valorant, etc can keep you glued for long hours. Most of the games are available on PC, laptop, MAC, and even mobile phones now making it accessible and handy!
3. READ A BOOK
Are you a Bookworm? Do you love drowning yourself into mysteries, rom-com, or thriller novels? If yes, then you won’t ever feel bored or alone. As people say books are your best friends and if you love reading there is nothing better than this. Not only will it engage you but enrich your vocabulary as well.
4. DRESS UP
Like cooking your favorite dishes even dressing up can be a good refresher. Dress up in your favorite clothes, click pictures, and feel happy. Getting ready can uplift your mood. It is a must-try and will also divert your mind.
5. CALL, TEXT OR VIDEO CALL YOUR FRIENDS
This being one of the most recommended things to do. Talking to friends can lighten and brighten up your mood. Sometimes we don’t realize the importance of just sharing whatever we have in our mind with our near and dear ones. It might feel pointless at that time but trust me you will feel better.
6. EXPLORE NATURE
Nature can be a good source to relax and calm your mind, body, and soul. The freshness and the newness can reduce fear, anger, and stress. It can rejuvenate you and play an important role in reducing blood pressure, heart rate, and the production of stress hormones. Hence, not only can it benefit you emotionally and mentally but even help in keeping the levels of the body normal.
7. ENGAGE IN GARDENING
Just like exploring nature, gardening can also be a good stress releaser and what’s better than having the company of beautiful, colourful and blossoming flowers? Not only will you have a colorful and lively company but it can also improve and rejoice your mood!
8. DOODLE OR DRAW
Doodling or drawing can make your brain active. It puts your brain into some type of activity and doodling can also be a way to let out your thoughts. It has also said to make you feel more aware and controlled about your thoughts and feelings.
9. TAKE NAP
Doctors and Sleep experts suggest that a quick nap can energize you up. It increases alertness, boosts creativity, reduces stress, and improves motor skills too. When alone you can feel frustrated so taking a nap can be an effective method to heal and be at peace.
10. ENGAGING IN SELF CARE AND PAMPERING
Pampering yourself can make you feel loved. It arises a feeling of self-importance and self-love which can play a major role in times like these when you are alone.
11. WATCH THE SUNSET (ENJOY THE LITTE THINGS)
Enjoying the little things around you like watching the sunset is said to have psychological effects like improving the long-lasting satisfaction in life and relieving stress. While having a rough and tough day watching the sunset can wash away your worries.
12. CREATE A DIARY
There is no better way to express yourself than penning down your thoughts. In this process of writing, you might get more aware of yourself and this can also be a good form of introspection.
13. CLEAN YOUR WARDROBE
Cleaning your wardrobe is an activity recommended by many. It has proved to ease you up and erase the confusing state of mind you might be in. It is considered to be a way of controlling some of the chaos you might be experiencing. Cleaning is also considered to be therapeutic, so it is a must-try!
14. WATCH A HOW TO YOUTUBE VIDEO
When you learn something new you always feel a sense of accomplishment. Learning something as small as how to stitch to learning a new language can make you feel contented and bring a sense of satisfaction.
15. REMOVE THE EXCESS UNNECESSARY EMAILS
As mentioned earlier cleaning can be therapeutic. It has shown to reduce stress and anxiety. It is also said to play an active role in providing a direction and hence stabilizing the mind. So cleaning every once or twice a week is a good activity to inculcate in your routine.
Try to incorporate some of these things in your routine and I am sure you will see the results. You will feel happy and your mood will be much more stable and lively.