Some humor during trying times
With news coming out every day about the COIVD-19 crisis, it’s easy to get glued to the TV screen or your phone, and the constant updates can be overwhelming. This may be why some have taken to the internet to laugh in the face of adversity by creating some memes we can all probably identify with. HI Now host Kanoe Gibson and Kainoa Carlson are going through some of their favorites.
While laughing helps to reduce stress, sometimes you need more than humor to help you get through tough times. Here are some simple steps you can take to help maintain your mental health that are within the shelter in place and social distancing guidelines.
Tip #1: Start a routine and stick to it! For example: if you normally go to the gym in the morning, find online fitness classes and get a home workout in before going about your day. Try and maintain as much normalcy as possible.
If you have kids, make sure they have a routine as well to prevent boredom. If you’re doing online learning with the keiki, have a structured timeline similar to their school day. Of course, limit screen time and include them in activities like cooking or gardening when possible. Make every opportunity a learning experience!
Tip #2: Don’t obsess over the news. It’s also important to limit your own screen time! Stay informed, but don’t obsess. Consider checking it in the morning and evening and limit your notifications for important announcements only.
Tip #3: Leverage the power of technology. If you live alone, there are ways to virtually connect with others by social media or video calls. This can reduce feelings of loneliness or anxiety.
Looking for more tips? You can read the rest here: Tips to help your mental well-being during the coronavirus pandemic