Overwhelmed by staying at home for an extended period of time? Whether you’re teleworking, self-isolating as a precaution, or caring for family members, being prepared can make the experience much easier. Here’s 6 of our best tips and tricks to get through a long period of time at home.
Take Care of Your Mental Health
Make sure to look out for yourself and your mental health when you’re at home for an extended period of time. If you’re bored, the standard remedy is activity. Try a new DIY project or organize that closet you’ve been putting off. If you’re feeling anxious, staying active, eating healthy, and avoiding alcohol and caffeine can help. If you feel isolated, combat solitude with phone calls and video chats to friends and family.
Keep Busy to Pass the Time
The best way to make time fly? Stay busy by trying new, fun activities. Try keeping a journal — research says journaling can improve mood and reduce stress. Are you a baker? Check out our endless list of recipes to keep you busy in the kitchen. If reading has been on your to-do list, now’s the time to pick up the latest best-seller. If you’ve still got the urge to travel, take a virtual tour! Many museums offer online, interactive tours.
Stock Up on Pantry Staples
Keep your pantry full between grocery runs to make simple meals a breeze. We recommend getting canned foods with a long shelf life — think canned fruit, tuna, vegetables, soup, and more. Dry goods like cereal, crackers, popcorn, and nuts are good ways to bulk up a meal or enjoy a snack. Add spreads like jam and peanut butter, and you’re prepared for whatever comes your way.
Keep It Clean
As a precaution, you’ll want to clean and disinfect rooms regularly. Some of our favorite cleaning solutions to have on hand are bleach, multi-surface cleaner, and vinegar. We also like to stock up on brushes, scrubbers, and sponges. Don’t forget the gloves to protect your hands! And always remember — clean first, disinfect second to kill harmful germs.
Prepare with Pharmacy Essentials
Prevent unnecessary trips to the pharmacy by stocking up on your essentials. If you take prescription meds, coordinate with your Hy-Vee pharmacist to get a 90-day supply. You’ll also want to stock up on non-prescription medications to relieve symptoms, in addition to cough syrup and nasal decongestant. Don’t forget tools that can help you monitor your health — think digital thermometers and pulse oximeters.
Let Hy-Vee Help
Still need a few odds and ends? Hy-Vee is here to help. Shop using Aisles Online and get your groceries delivered, or choose curbside pickup. Delivery is free for Hy-Vee Plus members! We also offer drive-thru pharmacy services in many locations. Some stores even offer contact-free delivery. Give your local store a call for details.