As the number of coronavirus cases begin to spike in Philadelphia and on Hawk Hill, many students may find themselves stuck in quarantine. As we know, this can be increasingly lonely, isolating, and repetitive. However, as always, it’s important to preserve your mental health and sanity. While quarantine can be dull, it’s completely possible to adopt good habits and to renew yourself during this time.  Below, we’ve offered some tips to make your quarantine one to remember!

Yoga

The benefits of physical exercise on both the body and mind are unmatched. According to the Help Guide Organization, exercise helps with depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues as well as physical chronic conditions. To relieve tension and stress, yoga is an amazing way to make quarantine enjoyable. Yoga not only relaxes the body and mind, but has various benefits such as bettering posture, strengthening muscles, and improving focus. While quarantining, start small by trying some easy beginner poses and stretches!

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Guided meditations

In the midst of being isolated from others and potentially coming in contact with COVID-19,  your thoughts can become cluttered with worry.  Guided meditations, which are a category of meditation led by a teacher, are a great outlet for clearing your mind and inhibiting anxiety. If your stress is at an all time high- don’t worry! Guided meditations serve to create deep relaxation for its participants. They are also perfect for quarantine as they are easily accessible through Youtube and are encouraged to be completed in a quiet setting. SJU also offers a weekly examen that is easily accessible by smartphone, tablet, or laptop computer. They are encouraged to do individually and alone, which is great if you’re stuck in quarantine.

Get dressed

Being in quarantine can make it extremely easy to spend the entirety of your days wearing pajamas. After all- we get it! No one is going to see you anyway, right? While we can understand this thought process, it is still very important to get dressed daily as it establishes a routine and intention for that day. Being productive in quarantine can be difficult as you may lack motivation, but getting dressed is the first step to starting this process.

Get caught up on schoolwork

With finals approaching, students are inevitably feeling the pressure that is coupled with college courses. Throughout our fast paced daily lives, it can be hard to stay on top of every subject and assignment. However, in quarantine, this hectic schedule slows down, allowing students to catch up on missed work or to even get ahead. Not only are we recommending that you spend some time hitting the books, but we also believe that it can be extremely helpful to assign a specific area of your room for this activity. For example, your bed is for sleeping (not doing homework) and your desk is for work. This can provide variation and ensure that you’re not spending the entire day in bed. And don’t let your quarantine room get too messy. Although it may be tempting to keep adding to that pile of laundry in the corner, keeping your living space somewhat clean is important in de-cluttering the mind. It will also keep bugs away.

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Listen to music

We can all agree that lightening the mood in quarantine is a necessity! Listening to your favorite song is a quick way to put a smile on your face. While we encourage you to listen to a comfort song- don’t limit yourself! Branching out and finding new music can be as rewarding as it is an adventure! Also, don’t be afraid to crank up the tunes and have a dance party by yourself!  Who cares if you’re bad at dancing because no one is there to see you!

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On Hawk cHill, you’ve learned a lot about how to get through quarantine with workouts, activities to stay busy at home, and even Netflix. We hope you enjoyed this article and that it offers some more ideas on how to stay sane during your isolation period. Happy holidays!