Are you bored during lockdown?

Mark Ontolan, reporter

The coronavirus canceled your spring break plans, sporting events, concerts and late night rendezvous. While restrictions are slowly being lifted, we are still facing a summer with no schoolwork but plenty of time at home. When boredom strikes, it’s going to call for some serious creativity. Here are some ideas you can do to keep yourself busy during this crisis.

First, chat with a friend. Call, text, email or video chat with your friends and family. Just because you’re socially distancing, doesn’t mean you can’t connect. Research shows that social support can make you more resilient to stress.

Second is to listen to music. Listening to music can help people in the face of a scary and stressful experience. Studies find that music reduced anxiety and while bolstering people’s moods.

Third is to sleep. Aim to get seven to eight hours of sleep, because when you’re sleep- deprived, your body has a harder time fighting infectious diseases.

Fourth is to exercise. Exercising at home can get your body in good shape, and it’s healthy for you. Physical activity can improve your muscle strength and boost your endurance, and exercising delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and helps your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. 

The most important thing is to stay mentally and physically healthy during this outbreak.

Changes in structure and information were made on 5/18/2020.