6. Take classes online
You’ve always wanted to take that Asian cooking class, attend a spinning workout, speak Spanish, or learn about digital photography. Online classes can be a stimulating way to relieve boredom.
7. Get an essential oil diffuser
Oil diffusers do more than make your environment smell better and lift your mood. They also provide healthful benefits, such as relieving allergy symptoms. Some symptoms are not very obvious — these are 16 symptoms you may not know are actually allergic reactions.
8. Use a weighted blanket
Weighted blankets, which weigh anywhere from 5 to 30 pounds, are coverings that simulate pressure as applied by one’s hands and relax the nervous system. This kind of pressure has been known to boost the neurotransmitter serotonin, which helps to regulate sleep and provide a calming effect.
9. Try meditation and mindfulness apps
Time in home isolation provides you with an opportunity to access meditation and mindfulness apps. They can provide a welcome departure from the stress of the news and improve your mood.
10. Declutter your home
Being surrounded with too much stuff may not be healthy. Studies on the effects of decluttering one’s space offer some evidence that it benefits mental health. Cluttered rooms are distracting, make people feel more anxious, and may contribute to insomnia. Cleaning up a home can seem like a daunting task, but you can make the job easier if you have a list of items to get rid of (many of which can be donated or recycled). Here are 50 essential items it’s probably time to replace.