How to stay healthy during home-isolation?
Maintain a healthy diet
- Make good nutrition a priority
- Make the most of family meals
- Stock healthy choices in your fridge and pantry
Exercises at home or in your room
- There are many free exercise programs to stream for free:
- CorePower yoga – Free yoga classes are offered to everyone.
- Blogilates- YouTube channel and website offers a massive library of pilates-style toning classes. In response to the outbreak, they created a 14-day quarantine workout plan.
- HIIT workouts - 20-minute high intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts you can do at home.
- Planet Fitness is offering free 20 minute workouts online and via their app. The online program is called “United We Move,” with workouts being streamed live on Planet Fitness’s Facebook page daily at 7 p.m. ET and also available to watch later, for those who cannot join in the live stream.
- MyFitnessPal offers 7-minute At-Home workouts
- Love cycling or running outdoors? Try these free trail videos created by two Yalies!
Stay connected with family and friends
- Eat regular meals with others in your home or even via Facetime
- Use different forms of communication including phone, text, email, messaging, and video call (Facetime, Zoom, or Skype)
- Responsibly use social media such as Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn
- Make tech easier to watch with others online.
Attend to your mental health
- Maintain a routine
- Get a good night’s sleep
- Stay active- talk a walk or spend time in your backyard and avoid areas where large groups of people may be.
- Limit screen time
- Call a friend or loved one on the phone or use Facetime
- Find help- Telehealth options allow people speak with a professional therapist online, by phone call, text, email, or through a video call
Try a Meditation App*:
- Calm : fee-based, Yale Advantage members receive 57% off annual subscription fee.
- Headspace : fee-based, free trial period, some free COVID-19 guided meditations available.
- Insight Timer : free or by donation, meditation, yoga, live sits and talks.
- Smiling Mind : free and paid options, practices for kids and schools, adults, work and home.
- MyLife Stop.Breathe.Think : free and paid options, for kids and educators.
*Please note, Yale does not cover the cost of fee-based meditation apps.
Games and activities to do solo or remotely with friends and family
- Multiplayer app games for IPhone & Android
- Listen to upbeat music (and dance!)
- Board games or puzzles
- Arts and crafts - online art classes
- Watch movies
- Journaling or creative writing
- Rearrange/organize/declutter/clean your home
- Start a gratitude list
- Try a new recipe
- Learn a new language
- Garden, even indoors with potted plants, herbs, or flowers
- Work on small home repairs
- Create a blog/podcast/Instagram about your experience
- Try a new hobby
- Take a free online course
Connect with a higher source through spirituality
- Many churches, synagogues, mosques and other religious organizations are offering services online.
- Prayer can be a powerful way to process difficult emotions and to tap into gratitude for what one has, such as before a meal - whether in person or even with a friend or family member over the phone or on Facetime.
- Reading spiritual texts and devotional books can provide hope and inspiration.
- Yale Environmental Health and Safety: Staying Safe and Healthy While Working From Home
- Action for Happiness: Coping Calendar
- Psychology Today: Staying Happy While Social Distancing