It’s such a sobering time. Everything is changing. Everyday events are disrupted. Try to see this period of self-isolation as a good thing (though, if you’re homeschooler like me, you’ve probably had very minimal disruption with classes and this is your usual routine). Think about all the different projects that you’ve been putting off, like cleaning or writing a novel.
Here are a few suggestions to prevent you from 1) killing a sibling, 2) tearing your hair out, and 3) going crazy.
☁ one. take a walk
Disconnecting from what’s happening online is necessary to maintain your sanity. The news, reporting very little good in the world, and the ever-growing chaos of life can survive without you for an hour. Finding space to breathe and a sense of hope among the littlest buds and the chirping birds will lift your mood and spirit.
☁ two. workout
If you’re anything like me, you must be constantly looking for the next snack on which to munch. In order to prevent myself from becoming a literal couch potato, I try to exercise at least three times a week. Sweating and raising your heart rate has many wonderful benefits, like clearing acne and burning calories and building up strength. Try working out with a friend over a video call or with a sibling and make it a competition.
☁ three. declutter
I’m sure you have a junk drawer somewhere or a closet stuffed to the brim. Since you can’t really go anywhere due to COVID-19, now is a perfect time to organize and declutter your belongings. No need to Marie Kondo your whole life, start small. I like to create a checklist of areas I want to go through, like my bookshelves, my desk, my closet, and try to tackle an area or two in one go. Reducing clutter will lighten the burden on your shoulders and the load in your room!
☁four. try a new recipe
I have been trying different recipes, especially vegan and vegetarian options! Be creative with what’s available! Make something you’ve always wanted to try. The possibilities are endless and I’m sure your family will appreciate a fresh batch of cookies or cinnamon rolls.
☁ five. read a book
Do you have an extremely long TBR list? Join the club. I’m excited to knock a few items off my list while I’m self-isolating. I recently started Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and am enjoying being whisked away to Hogwarts and magic and Fred and George’s tricks every night. So grab your favorite cup of tea and a blanket and dive in. While libraries and bookstores might be closed, there are a lot of good online options. Maybe your library offers e-books and online audiobooks?
☁ six. watch a movie or tv show
What better way to hunker down than watching Netflix and eating popcorn? I recently began watching the Flash and Legends of Tomorrow again. While I’m usually a Marvel gal, I’ve really enjoyed watching these DC shows. Barry Allen is such a different hero than the dark Batman and the perfect Superman. What are you watching during isolation?
☁ seven. catch up with friends and family
We may not be able to see our friends and family in person right now, but we can still keep in touch. I message my friends almost daily to check-in and ask how they’re doing in this crazy time. Spread hope, send that funny meme, share a picture of your most recent project!
I hope you are all staying safe and healthy! Let me know if you’re planning to do any of these activities or already have!