Even if you’re not sick or part of the at-risk population for contracting the coronavirus, it’s always a good idea to do things that improve your health and boost your immune system! Social distancing may make it difficult to do the things you’re used to for yourself and your family, but this gives us all a great opportunity to get our creative juices flowing and come up with alternative ways to keep healthy even in our home quarantine!
1. Clean & Organize Your Home
Our living space has a significant impact on our moods, and being confined to the same four walls for days on end is a great reason to give our space a little makeover! Clean up clutter, fold or hang up your laundry, rearrange your furniture, anything to change things up in your space. Rearranging the furniture can make your home feel fresh and new, and it gives your brain something to do during and after the activity which improves your mental health!
2. Try Yoga or Change Up Your Practice
Yoga is probably the easiest exercise to do when you’re at home, and it’s accessible to anyone who can breathe! Chair yoga has gotten an unfair reputation as being just for the elderly in the senior centers, but yoga in any form, including chair yoga can be incredibly beneficial for people of all ages and abilities. It’s also a perfect time to get started or try something new too! Facebook is being flooded with free yoga videos with studios being closed for the pandemic. The William Hotel’s own Lindsey Hayden, owner of Gro Yoga has several free yoga practices available on her website as well as on The William Facebook page. You can also now schedule your own private yoga session with Lindsey when you stay at The William for a COVID-19-safe getaway!
3. Listen to Music That Brightens Your Mood
As humans, we love music. Music is healthy for our minds and souls. Singing, listening to, and playing music are all great ways to improve your mood and beat the quarantine blues! Don’t believe it? Just see how different you feel before and after listening to your favorite song! Play an instrument? Pull it out and spend some time playing your favorites or learning something new! Fun fact: If you listen to, play music, or sing together with your fellow quarantined buddies, your hearts will beat in sync with each other, building a stronger sense of community!
4. Get Out in the Fresh Air
Getting outside, especially in nature and sunshine is so, so good for our health! The ultraviolet light from the sun kills viruses, and the natural light boosts our moods and gives a sense of well-being. If you are able, get out to the Cibolo Creek Trail, take a walk in the park, or even just take a stroll down Main Street. The William Hotel is a great place for fresh-air lovers to get a brief getaway as each of our 11 rooms open onto our New Orleans-style balcony (no enclosed hallways!) and each room has its own outdoor chairs for you to sit outside your room and enjoy the view above Main Street!
5. Try Some New Healthy Recipes
Now that you’ve probably got some extra time on your hands, try some new, healthy recipes with the ingredients you have on hand or with the fresh produce box you picked up from your local restaurant! There are thousands of healthy-cooking recipes and tutorials on the internet, plus lots of creative tweaks and adjustments you can learn to transform old recipes into something new and exciting! Food not only nourishes our bodies, but also our mental and emotional health, which is even more reason to put a little extra love and care into your meals, especially now! This is a great time to try new things and maybe find your families new favorite recipe.
6. Give Back to Your Community
Giving back to and helping your community is incredible medicine for us personally and for the health of the community. There are so many ways you can help without even having to leave your house right now! Check out this blog for some creative ideas on giving back. Even donating a small dollar amount or sending a meal delivery to someone in need is so very impactful. Browse your Facebook feed, call your local shelters, and find out how you can safely make a difference in your community!