Stop worrying about COVID-19?
The situation is serious, but that does not mean you need to feel worried all day long. Taking good care of your mental and physical wellbeing is now more critical than ever. Here’s how.
First things first. Do you want to stop worrying about COVID-19? Take a break from your incoming news stream. Pause your inbox, messengers, and turn your phone to airplane mode. Done? Good.
Are you ready? This is not another list that advises you to listen to an audiobook, plan your next vacation, and smile. Here are 26 inspirational things you can do instead of worrying:
Things to do for physical wellbeing
- Do an online workout you haven’t done before (search youtube for terms like Tabata, HIIT, Ashtanga Yoga or your favorite song + Zumba)
- Learning the Emotional Freedom Technique to reconnect with your trust (Here’s an excellent English or German instruction for beginners)
- Out of your head and inside your body by shaking
- Take a bath and tune on the mind & body Spotify playlist
- Spice up your tea break with the “golden milk” Ayurveda drink
- Treat yourself with self-pleasure (if you’re a woman and need inspiration check out OMGyes)
Things to do for mental wellbeing
- Create your profile on Goodreads, find friends, catalog your books, read and create a want-to-read list (If you want to increase your smartness, consider writing book reviews on the books you read. Repetition and reflection is a great brain gym).
- Make a list of persons who have influenced you positively in your life so far. Send a message of gratitude to at least one of them (If you want to go the extra mile, send a card or a letter — beautifully designed with calligraphy). Make your message concrete: What did this person for you and how affected it your life?
- Meditate (if you haven’t meditated before NOW is the perfect time to start, have a look at the Apps Calm or Headspace).
- Do an online university course. (The best-rated Coursera course, which is also my favorite, is by Barabara Oakley: Learning how to learn. Here’s also a list of 190 universities that launched free courses.)
- Draw (if you know great resources for drawing, please let me know in the comments, and I’ll add them here)
- Create or restructure your Vision board (You do not know your visions? Read The Big Five for Life and ideas will come to you)
- Take a virtual tour of the world’s best museums
- Take 30 deep breaths (or learn how to do the breath of fire).
- Start with Bulletjournaling (Here’s why and here’s a visually fantastic guide on how to start).
- Watch a documentary (if you want to stop worrying you should watch something uplifting — trailers to Heal or I am)
- Read a book for at least 30 minutes (Here’s technical advice on how to read a book — a classic guide to intelligent reading)
- Sleep (you think rest is a waste of time? take a look at this TED Talk)
Other things you can do to feel better
- Organize your apartment (Here’s a guide on how to get started with Marie Condo)
- Plan and implement a new morning routine (Here are 5 exceptional morning routines)
- Go through your recipe list (or look for new recipes) and go ahead preparing a gourmet dinner
- Learn about your financials and how to achieve financial freedom (Mr. Money Mustache is the right place to start).
- Find a reason to laugh and laugh. What about Kimmel’s Halloween Candy? (Laughing is the antidote to worrying).
- Organize a trivia night via Zoom for your friends
- Larn one new song on an instrument in your apartment, record it and send the video to your loved ones — if you do not own an instrument go ahead and sing :)
Ready, set, go! Pick one and explore whether it eases your worried mind and makes you feel better throughout your (quarantine) days. Any additional tips in mind? I’d love to learn about them in the comments. Take good care of your mental and physical health. ❤