QUARANTINE AND CHILL
Updated: Apr 2, 2020
Good Morning Everyone! We are entering the third week of quarantine and chill in my household, and for the most part I can say, I'm finding ways to create a routine while at home for some sanity. I am a person that hates letting a beautiful day go to waste, and I hate staying home unless I need to unwind and reset, but alas for the greater good I've been hanging out at La Sofa, The Kitchen, and a few of my other favorite spots, at home!
What have you been doing to keep busy while at home? I've seen a influx of creativity all over social media and it honestly inspires me! It's okay to use this downtime for self reflection and relaxing, but it's also okay to test the waters when it comes to your creativity. The world is your oyster, well right now your home is (lol). If you're safely at home and need some ideas on things to do, to keep you occupied, check out some of suggestions below!
1. Binge Watch A New Netflix Series
What's a better way to forget the chaos around us than to get immersed in a fictional chaotic world? Netflix has hundred of series and some that I've become utterly obsessed with. If you're looking for something new on your television check out these:
Love is Blind
The Mind of Aaron Hernandez
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
13 Reasons Why
To All The Boys I've Loved Before
The Kissing Booth
Sierra Burgess Is A Loser
Haunting of Hill House
Some of these you may have watched before, but if any of these are shows you've heard of but never watched, now is the perfect time to settle in and check it out! All American is currently my go-to guilty pleasure. This goes without saying, but there are also countless series you could just re-watch. Last week I re-watched the entire Season 2 of The Office, while working from home.
2. Work on a Craft or Hobby
Wanted to perfect your makeup skills? Wanted to learn a new Tik-Tok dance? Creatives all over the world are using this time at home to spruce up their skills, whether it's your makeup, cooking or creating viral videos. Always wanted to try a cut crease or wanted to learn a new dish? Well now is your chance, It doesn't hurt to just try!
3. Work Out or Do Yoga
When you're home all day it's hard to stay active, but since you truly have no where to go, the urge to move around seems to always be in the back of your mind. You can make a workout with literally anything. Squatting with a rice bag, doing jumping jacks, heck I used to make my own "speed walking" track at home. Not interested in breaking a sweat? Me either! There are tons of videos on YouTube with Yoga lessons. Open the front door, face the sunlight and get into pose!
4. Go Outside
Yes, we're social distancing, but that doesn't mean you can't go out into your own backyard! Sometimes a little sunlight is exactly what you need. Bring your laptop outside and set up your "office" outside. Work among the fresh air and the sound of the birds. I'm sure it'll be a bit of a refreshing break from being inside all day.
5. Do Some Spring Cleaning
Now is the time to tackle those "chores" you've been putting off. Clean your closet, re-organize your shoe rack, clean your kitchen cupboards. While these tasks seemed daunting before, what better way to sanitize the home than to do a little spring cleaning? I for sure need to tackle my closet for a fact. I bought brand new hangers and everything, but still never "find the time" to organize everything. This is the week I will tackle that task.
6. Have a Virtual Happy Hour
Face it, humans are social beings, and I can attest to that. As a way to not go absolutely crazy and try to find some normalcy, my friends and I have been attending virtual "Happy Hours" as well as virtual "Birthday Parties". Celebrating a birthday at home doesn't have to suck. You can make the best of it by virtually meeting up with your friends by using one of the many video conferencing apps available. Recently we've been using FaceTime, as well as Zoom and a recent app I downloaded called House Party. House Party only allows for 8 users, but if you're an extrovert, like myself, Zoom allows for up to 100 individuals, but limits you to about 40 minutes of face time. House Party, like FaceTime does not have a preset time allotted.
Basically, try to stay active as best as you can. Don't look at this as a time you're "stuck" at home, but rather a time you're "safe" at home. So many others don't have the luxury to say they same. I also feel like it's important to "unplug" from the internet during these times. It seems like there's nothing but COVID-19 updates and bad news. Reading it all has started to make me more anxious than usual, so over the weekend I tried to ignore anything COVID-19 related. If you're feeling more anxious than usual or simply in a state of un-rest. Try to log off and unplug.
Hope you all have a safe and productive work week, whether you're working from home or a frontline worker. I'm wising you nothing but positive vibes and good health.