It’s okay to acknowledge that THIS IS HARD! Its good for our mental health to have things to look forward to, Its okay to be upset or disappointed that something you’re looking forward to is cancelled. It’s okay to not be okay. Just don’t panic. Ask for help when you need it and be kind to yourself.
Get some sun! Lots of places are closed but nature isn’t #recreateresponsibly. Vitamin D deficiency is common in persons with anxiety and depression. But, safe exposure to vitamin D can have many benefits including lowing depression, fights disease, boost your immune system, and increase energy. It can be hard to get enough vitamin D each day through sun exposure and food alone, so taking vitamin D supplements can help.
Amp up your health habits! It only takes 30 minutes of movement a day to begin reaping the benefits. Regular exercise can relieve stress, lower depression, and boost your immune system, all exactly what we need right now! Doesn’t need to be hardcore or even all at once, start by going for a walk in your neighborhood (good combo of vitamin d & exercise), or have a dance party (be sure to tag us in those @goodvibe.collevtive) See Dance Party Starter List below for examples of songs you can’t help but move to.
Get HYGGE with it! Pronounced "hue-guhe," this Danish concept cannot be translated to one single word but encompasses a feeling of cozy contentment and well-being through enjoying the simple things in life. In other words, love the space you create. Items around the home such as candles (be especially careful van friends), twinkle lights, warm beverages, soft blankets, a good book or movie come together to create a hygge space. Hygge is all about keeping things simple but it also encourages people to live a little and say yes to that extra slice of cake. And after a couple stress-filled years, it's no mystery why Americans are all in for hygge. At its heart, hygge is more about creating a certain atmosphere than things, so buying lots of expensive stuff is the opposite of hygge.
Spread “smiles” when and wherever you can! Smiles are contagious and have an incredible ripple of joy effect when set into motion. Right now, people are stressed and leaning toward the negativity can become a default without even realizing it. Hopefully we’re all still wearing masks in public so spreading literal smiles are a little harder these days. Sending a metaphorical smile can be a simple as sending a meme or nice text message to a friend. Surprise Venmo $5 to a buddy, buy them a beer or coffee! With all this extra time, you could create something artistically for someone and mail it to them. Even if what you make turns out horrible, you are sure to get a smile out of your loved one and that will inevitably lead to more!