These 5 Things Are Bringing People the Most Joy During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Mental, physical and emotional wellness is critical now, perhaps more than ever.
"They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do and something to hope for," Tom Bodett once said.
While all of the above are vital, something to hope for is clutch as we continue to stay home to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic—with no definitive finish line. As Americans have pivoted their work life, home life and hobbies, the wellness app company LifeOmic surveyed nearly 2,300 of their users to learn more about what's bringing them hope and joy amidst the stress. (P.S. If you want to track your healthy habits while at home, they just released the LIFE Extend app, free to all users.)
When asked to rank several activities in terms of what respondents valued the most and have found most day-brightening, survey respondents ranked these as the tops.
1. Connecting with loved ones.
Although in-person family meetups and friendly hangouts have decreased during the pandemic, connecting with others in new and unique ways has become a priority. Zoom, FaceTime, Skype and other tech tools are allowing everyone from cross-town neighbors to long-lost college roommates to far-away relatives to reconnect or stay in touch.
In fact, it's even allowed some to rekindle and grow relationships: 62% of respondents are connecting daily or weekly with loved ones (compared to 49% connecting monthly or less before COVID-19 came to the U.S.). About 8% more people are also making the effort to connect with loved ones at least once per week.
2. Scoring a good night's sleep.
Without late nights out on the town or long evenings at the office, sleep can be a bit more of a priority than before. One in five respondents ranked sleep as their most enjoyable healthy habit. But insomnia is also (unfortunately) having a moment, according to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF). So if you need a little help calming your thoughts, check out these NSF tips (and perhaps listen to a few of Dolly Parton's bedtime stories).
3. Rocking at-home workouts.
Gyms are closed and many recreation paths are packed, so more people than ever are turning to home-based workouts. Before the coronavirus, 23% of those surveyed worked out daily at home, and now 40% do. And those who rarely if ever broke a sweat are stepping things up: 27% of them are getting their heart rates up every day. Need some inspiration to follow in their fit footsteps? These are the 6 best at-home exercises, according to a personal trainer, and here are some uber-effective living room workouts for every fitness level.
More than one in 10 of those who had never practiced meditation before have started dedicated mindfulness practices to try to manage stress during the pandemic. (By the way, you can now do a virtual meditation with sleepy sheep on a farm to help you relax.)
5. Trying new recipes.
Whether it's a bit of stress baking or a solution to clean out the fridge of old produce, those who reported that they're trying new recipes at least once per week has jumped from 36% to 63%. Even the restaurant revelers are joining the cooking club, too. Nearly 50% of those who used to try a new recipe once a year or less are now digging out their aprons: 29% of them are giving new recipes a shot at least weekly. We have thousands of recipes hanging out here to help inspire your next kitchen adventure.