The lock-down might be coming to an end, but social isolation is going to be a part of our lives for the foreseeable future. It’s a part of human nature to desire physical interaction and a thriving social circle. Without it, we don’t feel whole. Perhaps it’s time to toss aside the mainstream notions and do things the right way when living in isolation.

1. Stop Focusing on Establishing Control

One of the many reasons why self-isolation has been tough on us is because we’re constantly focussed on establishing control over our daily routine. Fixed hours at work or schools, marking calendars for the next big gig, scheduling cleaning, booking appointments for the weekend — basically, we were all stuck in a vicious cycle of monotony, and it’s been tough to move past it. But it’s been over two months since the lock-down was first announced, so it’s safe to say that our routines have changed and there’s no point fighting it. Just take one day at a time and this too shall pass.

2. Choose to Socialize Online

Don’t jump at the chance of stepping out of the home just because the lock-down is coming to an end. There’s no dire need to socialize in a physical domain when we can achieve that interaction over the web. If we really think about it, it’s a blessing in disguise. Face-to-face communication isn’t limited or restricted anymore. Connecting over video calls also provides emotional well-being as it lights up our brain in a way that’s similar to when we see our folks in person.

3. Move Around Frequently

WFH doesn’t entail sitting down at a desk and staring at a screen for long periods of time without movement. Moving around — not limited to a workout session per se, decreases the odds of anxiety taking over the mind. And any form of physical activity relieves stress, further easing the heart and body. This is probably why we feel happier after taking a stroll or playing a sport.

4. Build Skills

All the things we didn’t have time for back in the day — we can give it a try now. Granted, this doesn’t include literally fulfilling wanderlust fantasies, but there’s always an option to take a virtual tour to a new place through books, documentaries, songs, and writing. And once the ball starts rolling, explore art, build things, and find something to connect with! Once we create a safe space for ourselves we can stay immersed in a pleasant activity or two and watch our worldly worries slip away.

5. Eat Healthy, Sleep Soundly

Go ahead and do a grocery run (order online) as often as required. What we put into our bodies matters because it drives us to think clearly, and if this hasn’t been a priority earlier — now is the time to form healthier eating habits. Consuming nutritious food creates a balance between emotional and mental wellness that puts our disrupted sleep patterns to rest and helps attain a full night’s sleep. So bid farewell to sleepless nights and welcome the dawn with a warm smile every morning.

Follow this guide and lead a healthy lifestyle filled with newfound hobbies and opportunities.