The world is crazy and I’m pretty sure we’re all feeling the effects of being couped up in our homes for the better part of the last few weeks, regardless of whether or not we’re working.
Non-essential businesses are closed, public areas are shut down, and bars/restaurants are takeout or delivery open. What’s there to do?
There’s a viral post going around saying if you don’t come out of the quarantine with a new skill, your side hustle started, or more knowledge that you never lacked time to do those things, but instead lacked discipline. DON’T feel like you MUST come out of this quarantine / self-isolation having learned a new language, taken online courses, created a side business, or lost 20lbs. This is a traumatic time for all of us, and something none of us have likely experienced and may not experience again in our lifetimes, meaning we’re all operating differently than we normally would be.
Self Care – You Matter More Than Others’ Opinions
Self care doesn’t have to mean doing a hair mask, a facial, a fancy bath with a glass of wine, and a cushy robe to put on your Instagram stories. It can be:
Take a good, long shower if it’s been a few days of sweatpants and greasy hair buns.
Wash your face, tweeze your eyebrows if that’s your thing, and moisturize.
Make sure you eat enough. We need food to survive and it can be easy to neglect that.
Tidy up. Make your bed. Put your laundry away. Do the dishes. I’ve always found that hanging out in a clean space always helps me feel a little bit better and destresses me, to an extent.
Open the windows. Let the fresh air in. If you have a balcony or patio, let the sun hit your face for a little vitamin D. A great thing to come out of this quarantine is that pollution in many major cities has been reduced due to the lower number of cars on the road and factories running.
Keeping busy and not losing your mind during quarantine
If you feel “good” and up to being productive during quarantine, there’s a ton of things you can do for free/low cost online or around your house to take up your time while at home.
What can I do around the house during quarantine?
Cook. There’s so many fun options online (Google and Youtube it!) to try, or you can download an app called Supercook where you input all of the ingredients you have in your kitchen and it will spit out different recipes to try out. Explore your inner chef!
Drink. Coffee? Tea? Booze? The world may never know. What we DO know is that Dalgona coffee/whipped coffee is the ~thing~ to try out during quarantine to satiate our inner baristas. Simply take equal parts instant coffee, sugar, and hot water and whisk or use a mixer to whip until fluffy. Toss it on top of a glass of cold milk or on top of a coffee and you’ve got yourself a special treat.
Bake. Bake some bread, cakes, cookies, brownies, cupcakes, anything to your heart’s desire. Afterwards? EAT YOUR CREATIONS!
Netflix and quarantine. Or Hulu, Amazon Prime, Disney+, pick your poison. Netflix is usually my go to, so I’ve definitely been binging on a number of different shows and movies, including:
- Eat, Pray, Love (forever a travel classic)
- Street Food
- The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes
Read. I’ve found myself reaching for a book more and more often during this time of isolation. Not only do I find it more peaceful and time consuming than simply watching Netflix, but it gives an escape from reality for the time spent immersed in the pages. Some of my favorites during this time have been:
- The Atlas of Women, Joni Seager
- Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
- Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer
- Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert
Explore your local takeout. With so many restaurants relegated to takeout only, now is a great option to try new places that may be more difficult to get a table at typically. Social media is really being harnessed to get the word out about small businesses, so hop on your local city/neighborhood page and find some fantastic recommendations!
What can I do online during quarantine?
Thankfully, the internet is ENDLESS!
Take a free university course. Many top universities (Harvard, MIT, Berkeley, etc.) offer a myriad of different courses online for FREE, ranging from engineering to humanities to business and everything in between. EdX is a great resource to browse all your options and find one that interests you!
Get a certification from Google. As I said, the internet is endless. Google Skillshop offers so many different types of certifications to help bolster your resume, with many of them being free or under $100 for an ~official~ certificate.
Plan a trip for when this sh*tstorm is over. This is a huge part of what is keeping me sane while I’m couped up in my one-bedroom apartment for the last month. I’ve always been someone who feels a lot better when there’s something to look forward to, and I think it’s been really beneficial in tough times to realize that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. This will end at some point, and at that point we can restart our exploration and adventure in the world around us.