How to Overcome the Quarantine Slump

I think we can all agree that while some people are living their best lives during this quarantine, a lot of us have been stressed, upset, and maybe even a little bored. Today, I’m going to talk about how you can overcome those feelings – while still maintaining your 6 feet distance. 😉

  1. Soaking up some sunlight. It’s no secret that Vitamin D is a cure for a worried soul. When I’m out in the sun, whether I’m sitting on the beach or going for a walk around my neighborhood, I instantly feel better. Vitamin D helps you make serotonin and reduces brain inflammation. You will, emotionally and physically, feel 100 times better.
  2. Start running for exercise. Yes, you read that correctly. Casey Tuggle is suggesting During this pandemic, most gyms have closed, and a lot of people (including myself) aren’t really feeling too safe getting back into the gym just yet. Running is a way to avoid crowds while still getting in your exercise. As someone who is far from a runner, I’ve decided to start using the Nike Running Club app that comes on my apple watch. They have programs for any level runner, and I’ve actually been keeping up with it pretty well! (There are a ton of running apps out there like that if you don’t have an apple watch, and I highly recommend using an app to track your progress.)
  3. Cook new things. I actually took this a step further and am trying an entirely pescatarian diet. I figured the extra time at home would allow me to cook more, and it’s been fun learning new recipes and trying new foods! My boyfriend and I have definitely made some uh-oh’s, but that’s all a part of the process and it’s keeping things fun in the kitchen!
  4. Clean out your closet. This is a great way to (1) get rid of old stuff – Marie Kondo style, (2) make room for new stuff, and (3) generally feel like you have more room, less clutter, and a nicer space. I actually went the extra mile and reorganized everything in my closet by type/color, so now I know exactly what I have and am able to plan fun outfits accordingly!
  5. Reorganize your bedroom. This is something I did alllll of the time as a kid. I love having a “new” space. I honestly like to move a lot for the same reason. But right now, since we’re all stuck at home, this is a fun way to liven up your space and make you feel like you’re in a fresh and comfortable area.
  6. Now that I’m done with law school, I’m actually able to spend more time reading for leisure, and it has been a game changer. I always loved reading growing up, and with school, it was difficult to find time to read the books I wanted to read rather than a big ol’ Constitutional Law book. Some of my favorites are:
    1. Girl, Wash Your Face – for uplifting girl power
    2. Into the Water – saucy drama
    3. The Woman in Cabin 10 – suspense/thriller
    4. The Shack – spiritual guidance
  7. Finally, we’re ending on a more professional note. If you feel like your “slump” has stemmed into depression, I strongly advise you to seek counseling. I have undergone counseling in various stages of my life for various reasons, and I always feel enlightened, uplifted, and like a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders. Counseling used to carry such a negative stigma, but people are so much more accepting of the importance of mental health, so now, I encourage everyone I know to seek counseling services. Having someone who is totally disconnected from you help you seek through your thoughts and determine the root of problems and address how to fix them is NOTHING to be ashamed about, as it’s more helpful than probably all of the other things on this list combined!

 

This post is sponsored by Ray of Hope Counseling Services. They have multiple locations in Georgia (including my college town of Athens!), and are open and providing tele-health services via phone and online sessions, so you don’t have to wait until the quarantine is over to talk to someone!

Ray of Hope Counseling Services is a group of psychotherapists, who provide individual therapy, couples counseling, and family therapy. Each therapist is licensed and educated to provide an excellent level of care, including the therapist in Athens. The therapists at Ray of Hope also have additional training and hold certifications in their specialty area.

 

Let me know how you’ve stayed sane during this quarantine! And if you haven’t, try one of these ways to get back on track!

Stay safe, everyone!

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