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Tips to help your mental well-being during the coronavirus pandemic

Stay sane while staying home

Whether you’re working from home, homeschooling your kids, or just in the mix of wondering what’s gonna happen tomorrow, maintaining your mental health in these trying times is extremely important. HI Now host Kanoe Gibson and guest host Kainoa Carlson have some tips within the shelter in place and social distancing guidelines that may help.

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.

Tip #4: Enjoy the outdoors. We live in Hawaii, where there’s some of the best weather on the planet, so get outdoors! Even if it’s just in your backyard throughout the day or taking a walk around the block, some fresh air will do you good. Studies show that 15 minutes of sunlight will boost your mood and your vitamin D intake. Of course, no parks and no crowds… continue to practice social distancing.

Tip #5: Learn something new. Take this time to learn something new! As the saying goes, “there’s an app for that,” and there’s also a YouTube video for anything you might be interested in learning. Take advantage of online resources to try a new skill.

Tip #6: Get a good night’s rest. Getting a good night’s sleep goes goes a long with sticking to a routine. Try to avoid lying around and taking naps throughout the day so you don’t disrupt your sleep schedule, and try to get at least seven to eight hours each night. This is probably one of the most important things you can do to keep your immune system boosted.