Staying Healthy at Home

April 13, 2020 – Bonnie Pickel, User Services Assistant Supervisor

I’m gonna be honest with you, this quarantine hasn’t been a fun time. My mental health has been struggling, but I’m trying to do a couple different things during the day to keep busy and distracted…

  1. Do Chores: Keeping busy with chores is a good way for me to still feel productive at the end of the day. I try to make sure I do at least one bigger chore and a couple smaller ones a day. For example, today, I mowed the lawn, took my dog on a walk and did some work from home stuff.

  2. Binge a Show: I think one of the best distractions right now while we all sit at home is to find a show you love and binge watch it. I’ve been watching old school Degrassi episodes through Amazon. It’s a major nostalgia trip and it keeps me off my phone and away from the news.

  3. Artist Live-streams/Author Readings: a lot of musicians/authors/artists are doing special things online while we’re all stuck at home. My favorite singer/songwriter Ben Gibbard did two weeks of daily live-streams from his home studio and would take requests and have special sessions. For instance, he set up voting and played the top ten songs fans selected. Authors are also starting to do read from home live-streams that are great, not only for kids, but for adults too.

  4. Reach Out: text that person you haven’t talked to in awhile. FaceTime your mom. I’m trying talk to at least two people a day (not including my wife). If not on the phone, through text or email. Try to stay connected to the people you care about, it will really help.

It’s been really helpful and calming knowing there’s still some routine I can follow while I’m home all day. Ben Gibbard’s music has definitely helped my mental health while so much of the world is in upheaval. Talking to my friends and keeping up to date on Facebook has been so helpful, too; knowing I’m not alone in all of this.

Stay home, stay healthy.


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