We are over a week into this global pandemic and the initial shock has begun to fade away. Each day has been a rollercoaster of emotions - frustration, fear, boredom, stress, and even gratitude. Now, about a week in, I feel like I have emotionally stabilized. It seems like others have too, but I understand that we are taking it all day by day. I am just trying to focus on the silver linings and doing my part in being globally responsible (aka stay home). The only way we are going to make it through this is by looking for that light at the end of the tunnel. Whether you are working from home, enrolled in online classes, or simply just going through it, chances are you have a LOT of extra time on your hands now. I have created a list of ___ things you can do during this time of uncertainty while laying low, to work on caring for yourself and loving yourself.
TAKE AN ONLINE CLASS.
You can use my custom link to get 2 free months of Skillshare! I have been taking advantage of this free time by taking Spanish classes from Skillshare’s library of thousands of unique classes. There’s no time like now to learn a skill that you’ve been wanting to start for a while. There are creative, relaxing classes that allow you to paint and be mindful, there are business savvy classes that can help you advertise and grow your brand, and even classes on cooking vegan cuisine. They’re all taught by extremely skilled, world renowned professionals. I even used Skillshare a few years ago, way before our partnership, to teach myself SEO!
GET OFF YOUR PHONE.
I am including this mainly as a note to myself, but also because I know I’m not alone in the dramatic increase in screen time this week. I started charging my phone across my bedroom at night so I fall asleep without it and so I don’t go on it immediately when I wake up. I am working on spending less time on it during the day. Sometimes I’ll find myself mindlessly scrolling, clicking out of the Instagram app only to go right back onto it… that’s when you have to put the phone down. Walk, draw, read, anything. Just give your phone a break! Try to have a few uninterrupted phone-less hours during the day and at night.
HAVE A GRATITUDE SESH WITH A FRIEND.
Last year my friend Marisa and I used to send each other voice recordings daily where we’d work on manifesting things into our lives through practicing gratitude… She introduced this idea to me in the winter months, and we started sending each other recordings under 5 minutes. After a few weeks of doing this, the recordings got longer and the conversations got deeper. Having a gratitude buddy to check in with is one of the most rewarding and fulfilling ways to nurture a friendship while social distancing. It also keeps you accountable for your own gratitude, and overall just makes you feel grounded in these uncertain times. Some ideas to get the ball rolling are
- What is something that happened today that you are grateful for?
- What are 5 things that you are grateful for in general?
- What is something that you want to manifest into your life? Speak it into reality. “I am so grateful for my _____…” (beautiful home, healthy relationship, job promotion, G-wagon, etc)
DETOX YOUR ARMPITS.
My wonderful blogger friend Madi has an entire blog post on this topic! She is very knowledgable with clean beauty and her post is a great resource to check out. I switched to a natural deodorant last month after years of using an antiperspirant with pore-clogging and potentially disease causing aluminum. Every time I swiped my old deodorant on my armpits, I felt guilty knowing I was putting something harmful on a sensitive part of my body. I sweat a lot and I had been postponing the switch because I was afraid of the detoxification period. Honestly, it was a breeze. Some days I definitely noticed a little excess sweat and odor, but nothing crazy. There is no better time than hanging out at home for weeks to detox your pits. It is so worth it. Do your body a favor and lower your chances of breast cancer - all while fighting a pandemic! Workkk health queen!
MOVE THAT BODY.
Not gonna lie, when word about self-isolating started to spread, my mind immediately went to “BUT WHAT ABOUT THE GYM”. Exercise is so sacred to me and over the past few months I found my own perfect balance with running and Orangetheory, with the occasional Soulcycle class thrown in the mix. During my first year of college I dabbled in at-home workouts, and have since decided they are just not for me. Luckily the weather has been mild here in Connecticut so I have been running daily and taking the pups for walks after dinner. A lot of fitness instructor friends I follow are streaming online classes, and lululemon is releasing digital content every day! Training, yoga, run tips, and mindfulness... all for FREE on their Instagram! Endorphins are so necessary during times like this. However you wanna do it, get after it.
SLEEP... A LOT.
I love sleeping. So much. I have always been the type of person who goes to bed early and wakes up early. Now, since I don’t have a reason to wake up early, I have changed my sleep routine. I knock out around 10pm while watching Netflix thanks to my beloved melatonin, and I sleep like a god damn baby until 9am. I tell myself that I’m catching up on all the sleep I lost in college, haha. Blackout curtains also help. Getting lots of sleep is good for concentration, productivity, metabolism, muscle recovery, heart health, mental health.. And drumroll…. IMMUNITY! You are literally saving yourself from the virus by staying home and sleeping. Bless up baby.
I hope with all of my heart that you are well right now, and that you are as peaceful as can be given the circumstances of the world right now. I’m always here to chat. Oh, and I made a YouTube channel ~ go watch me do my makeup and act silly!