Photo//Leah Higgins

Staying (mostly) inside and away from people all day really can put a toll on my emotional, physical and mental health. Luckily, I’ve found a few things that are helping me stay sane during quarantine: 

  1. Reading

I’ve spent a lot of time with my nose in a book since quarantine started. I mean, if I can’t escape what’s going on in the world by booking my next vacation I might as well escape reality for a few hours with a good book. 

  1. Meditating

Taking 10 or 15 minutes a day to let my mind go and be at peace has really helped me out more than I anticipated. I’ve been using the app “Headspace” for over two weeks now since we’ve been in quarantine and I can honestly say it’s helped me be calmer, more patient and given me the much needed space to just be. 

  1. Zoom calls

I’m sure everyone has seen this everywhere, but having a Zoom call or a FaceTime with friends and family has given me back my sanity. I consider myself a social person, so not having contact or being able to have a get-together with friends and family has been hard on me. So making plans via Zoom or FaceTime (even if I find myself wanting to cancel) has been so helpful in making me feel like a real person. 

  1. Making myself a to-do list

Every single day I try to come up with a type of schedule and to-do list to keep my work, classes and self on track. Even if it’s one or two things that I put on my list to get done, crossing something off of my schedule each day makes me feel a  little bit better and a lot more productive.

  1. Getting outside 

One of the most helpful things for me has just been getting outside and enjoying the little things. Sometimes, even going to get the mail for two seconds is more than enough to boost myself. Often, I’ll go read to meditate outside for a literal change in scenery or take a walk around the neighborhood. Fresh air really does some good. 

That’s what’s helped me most this last month during quarantine. What’ve you been doing to stay sane during these trying times? Let us know @michiganjournal!