Ten Good Ideas to Engage Your Mind

We’ve all been self-isolating and maintaining social distance for weeks, working hard and making sacrifices to keep ourselves and our families healthy during the global Covid-19 pandemic. But what about your mind? Quarantine at home can pose challenges to mental health, especially if you’re alone, but there are so many things you can do to ward off depression and anxiety by staying connected and engaged. Here are ten ideas from Cook County podiatrist Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos.

  1. Explore unfamiliar technologies. Sure, new platforms like Zoom might seem overwhelming at first, but take your time and be patient with yourself as you learn. The results will be worth the effort.
  2. Take a class. There are many free lectures and college courses available online now.
  3. Do you have a hobby? Join a Facebook group for people who share your interest and engage in conversation with like-minded fans.
  4. Did you skip Game of Thrones or Breaking Bad? Binge-watch a television show that you always meant to watch.
  5. How about those classics that you always meant to read? Here is your opportunity to investigate Treasure Island or War and Peace.
  6. Commit to an entire series of novels or films. Are there kids at home with you? Read all the Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings books aloud as a family, then enjoy a marathon movie screening.
  7. Travel without ever leaving home. Many museums and exotic destinations are offering free guided tours online.
  8. Would your family enjoy baking something complicated for dessert together? Check out a how-to video on YouTube and teach yourself a new skill.
  9. Organize a mini family reunion online. Pick a date and time and invite everyone from coast to coast.
  10. Arrange a no-contact jigsaw puzzle swap with a friend. They can do one that you’ve finished, and theirs will be new to you.

Keep feet, ankles, and lower legs safe and healthy while you’re at home. Call the My Chicago Foot Expert staff at (773) 561-8100 or click here if a problem arises. Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM will work with you to determine the most appropriate next steps.

Stavros Alexopoulos One of Chicago’s top podiatrists, Stavros Alexopoulos, DPM, treats routine to complex foot and ankle issues. Dr. Alexopoulos is currently accepting new patients at My Chicago Foot Expert located near Ravenswood, North Park, and Jefferson Park.

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