This has been a hard time for everyone on the planet. Whether you are directly affected by this terrible virus that has taken over the globe or someone who is just trying to stay safe and navigate through it, it has been something that impacts everyone. There are so many people in the world that don't know what to do. In fact, I can honestly say that no one knows what to do except to stay inside until this all calms down.
Unfortunately, staying indoors is a lot harder than it seems. Celebrities can’t even handle it and they have mansions and property the size of stadiums. So, I thought why not come up with a list of things to do and share it? Which brought me to writing this post. It may seem like an odd first post to be writing but the reason I am able to start this site is because of Covid-19. Being quarantined in the house and away from work has been driving me nuts, but I figured finally starting a real online business would prevent me from going crazy.
Which brings me to the first suggestion of how to keep busy. Start a website or blog. Always wanted to put your thoughts and words out there? Go ahead and do it! I promise the effort it takes to write down your thoughts and opinions will take your mind off the fact that you can’t leave the house, at least for a while. Have some stuff you want to sell? Put it up on a website and create some cute descriptions to catch people’s eye!
Number two is do a DIY project, or two or three! Always wanted to put your skills to the test? Now is the time! There are so many DIY projects out there to do and starter kits that you can find online. Just because you are social distancing, doesn’t mean delivery has stopped (thank goodness, and thanks to the people still delivering). Make some scented candles, or cross stitch some fun décor for the house. It can even maybe generate you a little bit of money if you are able to sell it online, maybe on a website you create.
If posting your thoughts is not for you, then start a journal. You wont have to show anyone if you don’t want to and it is a great way to get your emotions out. Writing them down can really help, especially if you are feeling upset or angry. If what you are feeling is happy, then it can be a positive to look back on. I will admit that sometimes I go back and read journals that I have kept from when I was younger and I just smile at the good entries. Even writing words of affirmation or just snippets that you know will lift your spirits if you look back on it when you are feeling down could help alleviate any negativity you are feeling down the road.
Take time during this quarantine to learn a new skill that you may have always wanted to. Don’t know how to French braid? Watch one of the hundreds of YouTube tutorials out there. Dive into photography and explore some editing apps that you may not know how to use. Cooking and baking can be so therapeutic for some people, so why not learn how to make a new dish or a fancy dessert? Play around with different recipes to find what works best for your taste buds. You could also take an online class! It can be pricey, but there are some discounted courses out there due to the current quarantine situation. What better way to pass the time and improve your education at the same time!
Tired of staring at a screen watching endless amounts of Netflix or Disney+? Read a book or book series (or re-read your favourites). When was the last time you read Harry Potter? Get back into your favourite series that you haven’t read since you were younger, like The Chronicles of Narnia or even re-read your favourite adult series like The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo series. I have so many books on my shelf that I haven’t read yet and have been meaning to for so long. I just finished Ali Wong’s book and couldn’t stop laughing the whole time! It is a great way to give your eyes a break from the tv or computer and give your brain something new to focus on.
Want to get fit? Do a workout challenge! Not only will it pass the time, but you can get in shape or stay in shape. A couple of my girlfriends and I are doing a 30 day splits challenge. There are also so many at home workouts you can find online to get your body moving. Personally, I like Tone It Up on YouTube and aerobics videos from the 80s and 90s because they are just fun. I’m not big on weights and I have always danced so I like more cardio based workouts like aerobics, running, and dancing. Plus, you can put on a fun workout outfit and if you live alone no one will judge your neon spandex attire.
If you haven’t already done this last one, then go ahead and organize your house. It is also a good time to deep clean! Take everything out of your kitchen cupboards and drawers and give them a good wipe down and then put everything back in a super organized way. Do the same for your bathroom and ten move on to the bedroom and colour code your closet! Unless it’s already colour-coded, mine usually is because I have mild OCD and all my clothes are organized by colour and style.
These are just some suggestions I can give for how to stay sane in this time of isolation. The more we stay in and fight this crazy pandemic together, the sooner we can all get back to real life! I also want to take this time to say a big THANK YOU to all the healthcare workers, grocery employees, postal workers, pilots and flight attendants, first responders, police, bank employees, delivery drivers, and ANYONE else who is still working so that the rest of us can still have access to necessities like food and prescriptions and be living a semi-normal life under these conditions. These are the real heroes because they are putting themselves out there and are unfortunately taking the brunt of peoples anger which is NOT fair at all. We owe them all some respect and kindness, so thank you!!
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