For some of us it is week 2 or maybe 3 of quarantine …who knows at this point right? What we do know is that we are all getting a little stir crazy and anxiety is setting in because infections are going up, deaths are going up and restrictions are becoming tighter. If your child’s school hasn’t closed for the remainder of the year, you may have received notice today or some point this week extending the homeschooling protocol. My child’s teacher didn’t say anything about an extension, but she did set up a virtual classroom for my son’s kindergarten class after a week; last week they were officially on Spring Break.
So, how can you ease the quarantine blues? So many businesses where you would normally go to relieve the stress and tension are closed such as gyms and spas – so my suggestion would be to bring it to where you are. Of course it’s hard to do when everyone is in the house and you are never alone, but find the time…even if it requires an early night and an early rise to treat yourself to meditation and spa time or a good old sweat session before everyone wakes up.
Although gyms are closed, there are several outlets offering free trial periods during this time of quarantine. Not only is it good for the mind and spirit, but it is also good for the body and the immune system as well. Exercise improves your overall health and helps the body boost the immune system. Physical activity can help to flush bacteria out of the lung and airways which may reduce your chance of getting a cold, flu or other illness.
What can you do to move your body? First off, go outside and soak up some good God – given vitamin D! Walking, bike riding or just getting some fresh air can change the way you feel. Even introverts like myself feel the walls closing in from time to time and need to feel the sun on my skin and see the natural landscapes. I’m upset right now because my yard guy hasn’t come and my grass needs to be cut something awful. The way my allergies are set up at the moment…I just can’t do it and I really want to sit in my backyard and read.
Next, if someone calls you, don’t sit for the call unless you have to work at the computer. Get up and move for the duration of the phone call. I know a lot of people don’t actually talk on the phone anymore, but with the working from home and families having to be in contact from afar I think there is less texting and more talking. So while you’re talking get up and move.
The kids are home, take time throughout the day and drop the electronics and JUST DANCE! Don’t yell at the kids, yell at ALEXA and tell her to GET THE PARTY STARTED! Dance until everyone is sweating and out of breath. Switch it up. If you don’t have and Echo, turn on YouTube and find one of the million dance exercise videos you can jam to. You can move, sweat and have lots of fun while doing so.
If that doesn’t get you moving, the following Apps are offering free workouts from the comfort of your home:
- Daily Burn – 60 day free trial. Normal cost $20/month
- Tone it Up – 7 day free trial.
- Beachbody – 14 free trial.
- 7 minute workout – in app purchases
- Peloton App – 90 day free trial. Aside from running and cycling you can find strength and yoga workouts which would normally cost $13/month.
- Adidas Training by Runtastic (non premium membership)
- Yoga for beginners. (Completely free)
- Yoga Down Dog. (Free while COVID-19 is keeping people home per website.)
- Obe Fitness (they normally have at least a 7 day trial available and fun workouts. They even shout you out when you join a class!)
- YouTube – there is an exercise video for everyone on there…happy hunting!
These are just some of the offerings to get your blood pumping and get your body releasing endorphins to make you feel good, happy and forget the world outside your window at least for 7 minutes, 10 minutes, 30 minutes or however long you decide to move your body. Double check all offerings for the fine print to make sure you’re not charged if you wish not to keep them. We are all in this together all over the world. I hope this can help ease some of the tension and anxiety we may be feeling at this time.
If you know of any other sites, apps or ideas, please leave a comment!💋💋