Tips on staying happy and busy during quarantine
from our Activity Director, Ruthie McQuinn
Something that has proved incredibly beneficial for the physical and emotional health of our residents is establishing a routine. Because we are unable to go on outings or have visitors, our normal routine has been disrupted greatly by the pandemic we are facing. Creating a new routine for our time in quarantine has kept us busy, active, and positive. Getting up, eating meals, and going to bed at the usual times is a simple yet effective way to regain some normalcy. Incorporating exercise into our routine via Face Time with our Tai Chi instructor, Bob, or doing chair exercise videos using YouTube has been great for everyone. Some of our favorites are Kassandra and Adriene‘s chair yoga classes. (Click their names to access the free online classes!) Other valuable components of our quarantine routine include getting fresh air (walking outside, collecting eggs and taking care of the chickens, etc.), and projects/hobbies. This can be as simple as reading a book, coloring and listening to music, doing a puzzle from the newspaper, or as fancy as a home improvement, craft, or art project. Designating times to work on certain things is the key. Another thing we are purposeful about is limiting the amount of time we spend focusing on the news. As important as it is to stay up to date with what’s going on in the world right now, it is equally important to find balance and not obsess over it. It’s too easy to get overwhelmed. For us, reading the newspaper in the morning and watching the evening news is just the right amount – as long as the news isn’t the last thing you watch before going to bed! Something fun must follow. Hopefully some of this information is helpful to you. It is certainly helping us stay sane during a crazy time.
Blessings to you all!