I don’t know about y’all, but this quarantine stuff is finally starting to get to me. While my state has only officially been doing it for a couple of weeks, I’m heading into about a month or more of it personally, as I live with someone who has a lower immune system. While the walls aren’t starting to close in yet, things are definitely getting more difficult.
I’m missing family, friends, going out to grab a coffee, just being able to go wander a store if I wanted to, the beach, so many things. It can start to get a little overwhelming, especially when you start to go down the Things You Miss spiral (been there, it’s not fun). So, rather than focusing on what we’re missing out on, let’s focus on making the most of quarantine.
- Give yourself a schedule for each day. I know, the days are starting to get a little bit crazy right now. I have worked from home before, so I’m a bit more accustomed to it, but I also am used to being able to go out and do things after work and on weekends, so it can get a little blurry when you’re in the house all day every day. So make yourself a schedule for each day. During the week, I get up at the same time each morning, make myself some coffee, breakfast, check email/social media, etc. then head to work. Then after that, I get my workout in, then cook dinner, and then it’s time to relax after a work day. Whether you’re working from home or you’ve been furloughed and are out of work, give yourself a schedule of things to do. It’ll help you to add a bit of normalcy to your life again.
- Take the time to learn a new skill! There are lots of free classes online offered by Harvard, I’m going to sign up for a few and you should too! https://online-learning.harvard.edu/catalog/free If these courses aren’t something that would interest you, there are many other things you can do. Watch Youtube tutorials on painting, practice your singing skills, learn how to cook, take the time to do something you’ve always wanted to learn, because let’s face it, most of us have too much time on our hands right now.
- Try a new recipe. This is one of my favorite things to do, and I’m going to try a new macaron recipe (fingers crossed I don’t burn anything), and I’ll make sure to post the recipe as well as some pictures of my dessert! Yes, I’ll share the pics even if it’s a total disaster.
- Keep up with your workouts. Some of you may be missing your gyms or fitness classes, but that’s no reason to slip with your workouts. I get it, it’s hard to workout on your own, sometimes the motivation isn’t there. BUT your health is super important, especially in times like these, and working out can be really beneficial for your mental health as well, so make the time to get some cardio.
- Get some sunshine! We’re like plants in that we do need sunshine. Aim for 30 minutes of sunshine a day if at all possible. You don’t have to go outside and lay out for hours, but take some time, sit outside in your backyard or on your patio or at least open a sunny window. The fresh air is good for you, as is the Vitamin D.
- Complete some home reno projects! Even if you’re in a rental, I’m sure there’s something you’ve been meaning to do with your home, even if it’s just reorganizing a storage closet or going through some items. Now is the time to get it done! I’m doing this currently, already ripped out fixtures in my home and am working on making it my own.
- Give yourself an at-home spa day. One thing I’m really missing during this quarantine is being able to get my hair cut. I procrastinated getting mine done, and now I’m going on about Month 5 without a hair cut, and Month 3 of no massages or nails, which are a part of my stress management plan and something I allow myself to splurge on once a month. However, since I can’t go to the spa, I’m going to bring the spa to myself. I’ve got a deep conditioner for my hair, nail polishes, face masks, amazing smelling soaps and bubble baths, and a glass of sparkling wine. I’m set! Will I do as good a job on my nails as a professional? Heck no, but it’ll be relaxing and I’ll get to pamper myself a bit during this quarantine. I highly recommend though, leaving your hair alone. Don’t even look at those scissors. You’ll regret it if you try to do an at-home hair cut.
- Make time for yoga. How many of us used to say “oh I’d love to try yoga but I’m just so busy!” I know I did, but yet, when I do make time for yoga, I always feel absolutely amazing after it. Like I said before, with nothing but time, might as well give it a shot. If you need a yoga mat, lots of stores are still shipping things, so you can get one in a couple of days.
- Have Facetimes with family and friends. Spice up your Facetime convos by playing a game! Play Uno, play charades, have family game night, watch a movie together. Just because we’re isolating from one another doesn’t mean we can’t stay connected. Take this time to reconnect with someone you’ve been thinking of lately. It never hurts to reach out to an old friend, especially if life just got in the way of things.
- Help someone in your community. There are so many ways to do this that don’t require any face-to-face interactions. Help an elderly neighbor by getting their groceries for them when you’re heading to the store for your essentials run. Donate cat or dog food to your local shelter, make masks for friends or even for healthcare workers. Order some pizzas and have them delivered to the hospital. Doctors and nurses are working around the clock right now, and even something as small as that could totally brighten their day.