COVID-19 Guide

Help for the isolation blues

Three ideas to find joy in your everyday life

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we each have our own set of worries and frustrations. No one is immune from the effects of living with all of the changes and stressors during these challenging times. Though some of us may share similar experiences, others may have complicating factors such as issues with health, finances, childcare and elder care that can make day-to-day life more difficult.

Here are a few ideas to make things a little better without putting your health or the health of others at risk:

Novelty

Do something new or in a different way. For example, eat by candlelight or try a different recipe. In a recent virtual church youth group, a youth leader created a scavenger hunt for items around the house. Participating in a new activity sparked great joy. Simply doing something new or different can make you feel more alive and more engaged.

Rediscovery

We all have coffee table books that once caught our interest. Rediscover the delight of things that are already in your home—a book about motorcycles, lighthouses or cute puppies. Rediscovering items that have brought you joy in the past may bring that joy right back into the present.

Humor

Laughter is the best medicine. It can elevate a person’s mood. Find a good laugh on the internet, on a favorite comedy show or movie, or in a book. Remember that family picture that cracks you up? Laughter can be helpful during difficult times.

Hopefully, these ideas will get your creative juices going during this pandemic as we proceed one day at a time toward a brighter future.