Staying home doesn’t have to mean staying inside your home or apartment. It means, as we’re constantly reminded, not to be closer than 6 feet from another person. But it doesn’t mean you have to be indoors.
And being outdoors has MANY advantages.
So, yes, if you’re a runner or a bike-rider and you can do those things in a lightly populated area so you can stay away from others that is very beneficial for your mental health as well as your physical health. You’re aware of those endorphins activity produces that calm your thoughts and feelings as well as relaxing on your body.
But, even a short walk is helpful. If you’re able to walk briskly that’s even better. And if you can socialize with a family member or friend on the opposite side of a 6 foot wide trail that’s even more enjoyable and useful.
Activity is important but even sitting outside can be helpful now that the weather is improving for the most part. Find a place to sit outdoors and read or listen to a podcast or talk to someone from 6 feet away. Or maybe you like to draw; that would be a creative and relaxing outlet.
Those of you who garden are probably already involved in this beneficial activity so know what I mean.
At times you may decide to get into your car and drive to a pretty place like the B’Hai Temple or down a city street to see the spring flowers and flowering trees in bloom in front of homes. Or maybe a drive into the countryside listening to music or a talking book would be uplifting.
The change of scenery can help break the monotony and can actually contribute to your immune system if you’re eating nutritiously, getting enough sleep, and finding things at which to laugh.
You can take charge of the unplanned time you have. Find ways to make it a mood-changer.