Who would’ve known that the time would come when we find ourselves in the middle of a full-blown pandemic spread across the entire globe? It’s a worrying time, and if you’re in my part of the world, the government has issued a Restrictive-Movement policy (a mini lockdown, if you will) which basically means that for the most of us, we’re all asked to stay inside our homes and practice social isolation. Think about it; when was the last time you were asked to stay indoors for this long, with minimal social interactions? And the second thought that comes to mind, despite you trying to convince yourself that you could’ve had it worse or be sent to war or be sick yourself, is this - good God, what the heck am I going to do for two weeks at home???
Look, I don’t mean to brag. But if you ask me who is the best person I know to ask about how to be a hermit, I’d put my own hand up. And my family and friends would probably point their fingers my way, too. Given this rapport, here are some suggestions for you to perhaps venture into once you’re sick of doing all that obvious stuff (i.e. Netflix, stalking your neighbors with binoculars, napping).
1. Spring Clean - physically and digitally. Confront the secret hoarder in you. Donate away clothes that you haven’t worn for the past year. Clean up your inbox/digital storage on your phone and computer. Mentally, cleaning these stuff out helps clear your mind too from feeling as though you’re stuffed, suffocated and imprisoned in your own home. Physically, you’re not moving alot these days, so this serves as a great activity/workout too.
2. Research & Plan a Trip - So that by the time all this clears up and you can finally travel again, you’re pretty much all ready plan-wise! In my experience, planning long-term travels usually takes a lot of time and energy, so now is a good as time as any! Where do you hope to travel to next when this all blows over?
3. Try a Makeup Tutorial - The crazier, the better. It allows you to be creative while at the same time learn some new tricks of the trade. Fact: physical makeovers do have a rejuvenating affect, and it’s time you make full use of your arsenal of makeup at home (don’t lie to me. I know you have 6 lipsticks at least)
4. Work out online - 30 mins a day is sufficient to get your heart and body working from all that couch potato-ing. I’ve enlisted some free online workout videos that I’ve tried previously and loved, see below.
5. Read That Book You Have That You Always Said You Were Going To Read But Never Did
6. Check Out Online Blogs - No, I don’t mean the shopping websites. I mean the lifestyle blogs that have fun and interesting articles and new recipes to try. My list of blogs that I really enjoy is below.
7. Meditate - Meditating actually requires a bit of practice, and although it seems pretty easy to do, you need to train yourself consistently until you’re used to it. But why the hell do we meditate??? Because, Nancy, quieting your mind and giving it some space to settle makes for a healthier, calmer and grounded you. I enjoy meditating on the floor in the mornings or right before bed time as it helps with anxiety. You can try it at different times of the day to see what works for you.
8. Try New Recipes - You’re stuck in a home with a kitchen. You need to eat. You have a lot of time to spare. Here is that golden opportunity to try great new recipes, especially those that take a little bit more TLC. And remember all those cleanse/detox stuff you said you always wanted to try but never have the time? This. Is. The. Time.
9. Long Video Calls With Loved Ones - Although in physical isolation, do NOT forget the human connection we all require to keep sane. Thank goodness for the age of video calls. Keep in touch with your family who might live miles away, and check in on your friends.
10. Sketch Something - Or rather, embark on something creative. It might be writing, or designing a photo book, or finally starting on that blog you had always wanted to. You’ll be surprised with how much productive time you can spend on these things.
Awesome, Free Online Workout Videos You Can Try (on YouTube):
1. HIIT by Liv Lo (High intensity, super quick, will get you sweating like crazy)
2. P90x by (Total body, with minimal equipment)
3. Tracy Anderson (She’s Gwyneth Paltrow’s trainer, y’all. Nuff said.)
4. Make your own dance party with your Spotify mix
Blogs That I Enjoy And Would Recommend:
1. Bootsoverbooks.com (I mean, d’uh)
2. Goop (don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. It has tons of interesting articles)
3. Migrationology (food and travel. I use it as a reference all the time)
4. Cup of Jo (Great for Moms especially)
5. Poosh (The visuals are really great)