It is no secret that many people are struggling to stay sane during the COVID-19 crisis. With remote work, kids crawling up the walls, and an endless parade of Zoom meetings, mental health has certainly taken a hit over the last few months. All of this begs the questions, how can you maintain your sanity during COVID-19? 

To help you get and stay mentally fit for the remainder of the pandemic, here are three answers to that question.

Read a Book

Before people spent hours each day binging on Netflix, before the internet, and even before television, there were these things called books that people used to read. As a matter of fact, books are still around, and now is the perfect time to read one—or many.

More than ever, during the COVID-19 pandemic, people are spending their days looking at screens and living virtually. Books provide a tangible way to move out of the digital and into the analog/real world. Even if it’s been a long time since you cracked open Dickens, Hemingway, or even something more modern like Rowling, it’s never too late to start back up again. 

And, despite misconceptions to the contrary, many libraries are open and handing out books via curbside pickup. Or you can order one online. Either way now is the perfect time to read a book.

Start a New Hobby

During COVID-19 the top hobby or way to pass the time has typically been watching shows and movies. Lame. For the creatives and doers out there, passive consumption of digital media was never really an option and many have started other, more active hobbies instead. 

Knitting has become more popular, gardening is always an option, and baking is a great (and delicious) way to pass the time. 

What makes a new hobby such a great way to help you maintain your sanity during COVID is that it helps you structure your time and make life feel more ordered and not like a continuous blob of seconds, minutes, and hours. 

Other hobbies some are trying during these trying times are board games, writing, and learning something new like a language or an instrument.

Go Outside

It is a scientific fact that sunshine and fresh air are good for the human body. While many are concerned about crowded indoor places, there is no city or state in the country that is currently saying people should stay indoors at all times. 

We need outside time to feel ourselves and maintain our sanity. Whether it is going for a walk, a jog, or riding your bike, getting outside will go a long way to keeping you both physically and mentally fit. And there are plenty of outdoor hobbies like bird watching, geo-caching, and even golfing, that allow you to kill two birds with one stone.

Chances are, if you read more, pick up a new hobby, and spend more time outside, it will go a long way to keeping you sane during COVID-19.

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