Staying mentally fit and stimulated can be hard at the best of times, but right now, as you’re surrounded by your four walls that feel like they are closing in by the day, it seems almost impossible. This can affect you in a variety of ways. You struggle to concentrate on work, but you also find it difficult to relax. You get restless. You feel the seconds ticking by, but then somehow end up several minutes back again, every time.
To overcome this, you need the proper mental stimulation and activity so that you can handle everything the day brings and more. However, it can be tricky to work out how to find this mental stimulation if you’re not used to doing so. Here are some tips for everyday mental stimulation.
Give Yourself a Schedule
A schedule may be the very last thing you want to figure out right now, but if you want to work from home without losing your mind, it’s an essential part of the process.
But why? Creating a schedule and sticking to it will help keep you on task and allow you to gauge how your day is going. If you’re working, it keeps you on task and enables you to understand what projects or duties demand how much time. If you’ve got nothing to do, it gives you something to move through as the day goes on.
With every completed task, you can scratch it off, and this gives you a little dopamine hit that motivates you towards the next task until you’re done. You’ll find you’re less distracted, and even work faster, too.
Be As Active As Possible
Mental and physical stimulation go hand in hand, so if you can, make sure that you get as much exercise as possible. This can be as simple as taking a walk or running around the block or doing weights at home.
If you don’t have dumbbells or anything else, you can always improvise with bodyweight exercises, or use everyday items, such as milk jugs, pots, or pans to help build strength. It won’t be the same as going to the gym, but pushing yourself every day will make you feel better and help to break up the day.
If you feel like you have nothing to do, it’s very easy to stay up all night long playing on your phone, reading, watching TV, or playing video games. However, all this does is make the next day worse for yourself, and future you will hate past you with a passion.
Sticking to a sleep schedule allows you to get the rest you need and will help you wake up more naturally and feel more energized. This is especially useful for people who struggle to wake up every day, and while you may not feel tired, you can still start your bedtime routine to ease you towards sleep.
Staying sharp, especially if you live alone, is crucial. It’s effortless to laze on the sofa all day long, watching TV and playing video games. While there is nothing wrong with doing this, you’ve got to do other things, too, and keeping your mind sharp is the best place to start.