Hobbying In A Time Of Isolation

We’re all on edge because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The anxiety is not just our imagination, either! In times of outbreaks, especially on a scale such as this one, it’s normal to feel stressed or anxious. Take note that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released guidelines on how to maintain our mental health regarding the outbreak, which we should all know. The virus is a physical threat, and to combat it, most governments have instituted quarantines and social distancing. The lack of social interaction and not being able to leave home can cause us to feel antsy.

On top of that, there’s the anxiety caused by the threat of the coronavirus. We can’t go out to meet friends or go out to our favorite restaurants. The outbreak is creating a time of high stress for everyone.

But the quarantine doesn’t mean we should stop doing what we love. It means that we should probably be doing our favorite activities all the more to keep ourselves together!

Group Listening From Far Away

Having a hobby has long been proven to relieve stress, similar to my previous post on how keeping a journal can help with mental health. A lot of us have different interests, and if you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know I love music and movies. With all this time at home, we’ll probably have a lot of time to go through our music libraries again. We can go back and listen to albums we haven’t heard in years.

But you don’t have to indulge in your music hobby alone. We live in a time of nearly instantaneous communication! Now would be a great time to ask friends about what music they like. With all the various ways to listen to music out there, you can organize a listening party – you and a group of friends can join up online and listen to music together.

Listening parties are a great way to discover new music and share your favorites. It also lets you keep that human connection we’re all surely missing by now.

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Movie Night

Maybe you’d like to watch a movie instead of listening to music. Again, social isolation because of COVID-19 doesn’t mean we can’t go out and watch a movie with friends. Similar to how a listening party is hosted, put up a video call with friends and watch a movie together. Cook up some popcorn and your favorite drink, and you’ve got that movie night with friends.

But not all of us want to hang out with all our friends all the time. There’s nothing wrong with watching movies alone. Marathon that long movie series! If you feel up to it, you could also train your brain and analyze the film – identify some storytelling techniques and tropes, look for insights that you might not have had when you first viewed the movie.

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DIY When You Can’t Go Out

Can’t go to the store? No problem. Now’s the time to touch up old projects and give everything a fixer-upper. Look around at past projects and see what might need a little repair or some love. Even the most durable things have difficulty against the test of time and elements. But don’t trap of some DIY projects that are probably just going to be a waste of time!

Maybe you’ve got some extra materials lying around! Consider it a challenge, not a drawback that you can’t go out to get new stuff. Work with what you’ve got, eliminate wasted material. If you’ve got some scraps, see what you can put together! Who knows what you’ll be able to put together?

Try Doing Something New

And of course, it doesn’t hurt to try something completely new. Start making art, or if you’re into music, learn to sing. Don’t be afraid to begin anew, and remember that everyone’s a beginner. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with making some mistakes when you start. But there’s a project that everyone should take on.

Take Care Of Yourself

Taking care of yourself is probably the most important project you could take on. There are three hobbies listed here, but there are a lot out there. But if you’re feeling down, anxious, or stressed, it’s okay to take a break. If your hobby isn’t helping you calm down and relax, it’s okay to put it down for a while and rest.

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Being stuck at home doesn’t mean we suddenly must dramatically improve our hobby abilities. What’s most important during this pandemic is that we keep healthy, both physically and mentally.

Take care of yourself, everyone!

Psychiatry: Teach Special Children Music And Art With Tender Loving Care 

Teaching children with special needs is a bit more challenging compared to children in a regular school. It requires double of everything because of their capabilities when it comes to communication. But when teachers find the right approach to getting into their fragile minds and emotions, the flow of the therapy is more efficient. Children dealing with mental health conditions will be able to express themselves and be more productive. 

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6 Songs That Are Ideal For Counseling Kids With Special Needs 

 

Music is a part of our way of life. Every one of us has a preference when it comes to it because just like food, it also nourishes our soul. And although there is music therapy which is designed to address mental health issues through using music primarily, it can be used as an aid or a tool to relax and find the inner emotions. 

 

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Cheer Up: Top Songs For Sound Trip

 

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Are you feeling down lately? Do you want to get over that feeling? There are a lot of things that you can do to cheer yourself up. One of which is resorting to the availability of songs coming from great artists all over the world. A recent study shows that listening to music can help a person improve his mood or brighten his day.

 

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“Therapy doesn’t have to be talk-based; there are some modalities, like music therapy and art therapy, that can help you get those in tune with those emotions without having to cough them up verbally.”  Hannah Goodman, LMHC said. With that, I have decided to compile a list of lovely songs to listen to during your gloomy days:

  1. Happy by Pharrell Williams

The beat of this song will inspire you to keep moving or dancing. This song reminds its listeners that one’s life can change when he knows how to find happiness on his own. You do not need to rely on someone or other people before you can get the pure bliss you deserve.

 

  1. Here Comes The Sun by The Beatles

This masterpiece is one of the classic songs from the world-renowned group called The Beatles. If you are having a rough day at the office, then make sure to look for this song on your phone and play it. You will surely smile with its sweet lyrics and lovely tune.

 

  1. Shake It Off by Taylor Swift

Sometimes, all it takes to become happy is to let go of all our inhibitions and reservations. This is the message of Taylor’s Swift song entitled “Shake It Off.” It reminds you of the significance of accepting one’s shortcomings. Always keep in mind that you do not need to get approval from the people around us. “Focus on yourself and your own happiness and do not compare yourself to others.” Marc Romano, PsyD said.

 

  1. Imagine by John Lennon

The song is precisely what you need if you want to believe that more good things are going to happen in your life. You will realize that the song is full of hope. It inspires you to keep going. This masterpiece was beautifully written by John Lennon himself. Since its first release, it has become a world favorite.

 

  1. All You Need is Love

This is another beautiful piece by The Beatles. The song tells us the importance of having love in our hearts. Based on the song, all you need is love. Somehow, it sends a reminder to all of us that life can be more beautiful, regardless of the circumstances present, as long as there is love.

 

  1. Ain’t No Mountain High by Marvin Gaye

When you are feeling alone and sad, listen to Marvin Gaye’s “Ain’t No Mountain High.” It will make you think of all the great people you have in your life. This song will make you want to get in touch with your friends and family who are miles away from you. Remember, “People with a healthy self-esteem tend to view failure as an event. People with low self-esteem often view failure as fatal. This thought process pummels one’s self-esteem and overtime being a failure becomes their identity.” counselor Monte Drenner said.

The songs listed above are just six of the thousands of beautiful songs written by great artists around the world. Try to explore the different songs and find your favorites. Put your top songs in a folder or on a list so that you can listen to it anytime you want. Music can set your spirit free. Let the music heal your sorrow, grief or sadness. The best thing about listening to songs is that you can do it anytime you want.