8 ways to improve your mood during the quarantine
This Covid-19 virus quarantine has us all in a stressed state. Some of us might be dealing better than others, but in this time, we have more specific needs. Being stuck in our homes, not working, with our kids doing distance learning, is HARD! Your mood boost can’t come from many of the things we do when we are in a normal time. It takes a little something different to improve your mood during quarantine.
Normally, a post like this from me would tell you to do a face mask (the fun kind), use a sugar scrub, or go to the gym. Yet, for many of us, that isn’t possible. Many of us are still in quarantine from Covid-19, and going to the store for a mask is frowned upon and gyms are closed.
Right now you might have to get a little more creative, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t find ways to improve your mood.
When you’re thinking about how you will start to improve your mood, write out all the things you want to do. What can you do to help put yourself in a better mood? I love writing things out, from my ‘to-do’ lists to self-care lists. I use lists to keep myself organized in the best way I can.
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This is a favorite between my daughter and I. We do this often to just lighten the mood, get out of a funk that we are in, and laugh some.
Crank that music up as loud as you wish and dance it out. This always makes me think of Greys Anatomy. I love having that Meredith & Christina moment when things get really rough. There’s something about just moving your body and dancing it out when you are feeling down or stressed.
Many times this can be accomplished with headphones, and other times it is accomplished with music blaring out of the Bluetooth speaker. I am a forever fan of Skullcandy headphones, I love that they are priced affordably and hold up well, I have both this set and this one currently that I love. I try to keep one or the other charged, but I’m horrible about charging my headphones.
Organize your space
I think that most of us have that space in our home that is just disorganized. Maybe it is something we have been putting off for a while. I know, for me, it’s always the little piddly stuff that just doesn’t have a good home.
Take a few moments and attack that space. Get it over with. Make it better. When I actually go to do this type of project I usually have to psych myself up a bit. I know it’s going to be a big project. I know it will be a pain. Yet, I know that once it is finished, I will feel so much better about my space. Cross something off your list that you’ve been putting off.
Freshen your space
This one kind of goes with organizing your space. but goes at it from a different angle. Do something that changes your home. For you that could mean buying a new shower curtain & changing up the bathroom colors. It could mean starting a flower garden. You could even just buy a couple of pillow covers for the living room or bedroom.
When you look at freshening your space you’re doing something to change the energy in your home. You’re changing the feel. Starting fresh is so rewarding.
When we just moved, we put everything into storage for 2 months while we lived with the in-laws. Once we found a place to live, we realized that a few of our boxes were missing deep in the storage unit which is still full of things that don’t fit in our much smaller home. This meant that we had to buy some new things in order to set up our new home. What happened was that our home took on a new, fresh feel that we love.
Light a candle or start diffusing
This is probably one of my favorite things to do to change my mood. I love burning candles and diffusing oils. Every day that I am home I am guaranteed to have one or both going. I love warm fall scents, and burn them year round. My favorite affordable candles are the Mainstays 3-wick ones from Walmart. They’re $3 each, so even if they only last me a week, I’m not out $15-25 for that weeks worth. I will never turn down a Yankee, Bath & Body Works, or hand crafted soy candle, but I love my $3 candles just about as much.
This one is probably one I struggle with most, even though I know it will help my mood probably more than anything. Going for a walk, run, or just exercise is a great way to change your mood. It releases endorphins and helps to make you feel better all over. You never regret going, you only regret the workout you didn’t take.
When you get moving, you don’t have to do anything major. Go outside, get in the warm sunshine, and move your body.
I wrote a whole blog post on why stay at home moms need to get dressed every day. It really makes a difference in how you feel and how productive you can be in your day. When you get up and get dressed & ready for the day it just sets your day up for success.
At this point we are 80 some days into the Covid-19 quarantine, and for most of us, jeans are out of the question. Getting up and getting out of pajamas or sweats is very important. When you are trying to be productive in pajamas it just doesn’t go well. Getting up and ready for the day sets you in a different head space.
Getting outside is similar to moving you body, and I almost deleted this section, but it is different.
Go outside and play with your kids, go swimming, enjoy a boat ride, take a walk, or even just lay in a hammock. There are so many things that you can do. I am one of those people who fry even if they only look at the sun, but I live for summer and being outside. Planting and tending to my flowers, going for walks with my family (and before moving, with my bestie).
Being outside, relaxing, and enjoying nature is an amazing thing. It doesn’t have to be during the day either, sitting around a bonfire, having a drink and enjoying time with friends and family is definitely high up on my list of ways to put me in a better mood. I do well around water, around a bonfire, and around the people that I love most.
Talk with your friends
My friends group chat is really a saving grace some days. We all talk throughout the day. We are able to talk about the good and bad that happens in our days and work through it. From parenting issues, to air conditioners breaking, to work stuff, we just talk about it all.
The best part about talking with friends that really, truly get you, is that you realize that you’re not alone on this motherhood journey. Your mom friends will understand your struggles. Knowing that you’re not alone in whatever struggles you are going through will absolutely help your mood.