As an anxious person, times like these take quite a mental toll, and I’m sure a lot of you can relate. That’s why I’m not going to make this a post about food to stock up on, or hygiene procedures to take. It won’t include much about nutrition at all.
Instead, I’m going to share with you all some things that I have been doing during my time at home to take my mind off of the chaos and to use this time to the best of my ability. I hope you read these suggestions and that at least one of them inspires you to make this time as positive as you can.
At home- workouts, baby
Exercise literally lowers stress levels and releases endorphins to make us happier, so let’s not spend this whole time on our butts! I’ve utilized Pinterest as a great source of at-home workout inspiration. Here’s a mini workout I’ve been doing:
– 10 minutes jogging up and down my stairs (be careful, please)
– Glute bridges with a mini resistance band (ordered on Amazon) and a 15 pound dumbbell (get creative if you don’t have weights! A heavy book or even a bottle of wine works too)
– Pushups (3 sets of as many as I can do)
– Squats with two 15 pound dumbbells (air squats are great too)
– Tricep dips on my couch
Head to Pinterest or a personal trainer Instagram account for more inspiration!
Getting creative in the kitchen
Okay, so this post is a little bit about food. I’ve been trying to make some fun foods lately while still being health-conscious, so I made some changes to my favorite veggie pizza today! Whether you’re an expert in the kitchen or you only use a microwave, this is a great time to develop new recipes or update some of your current favorites! For my next experiment, I’m thinking smoothies… or cookies.
I’m using this break as an opportunity to update the blog a little bit. If you’re technologically challenged like me, you could use it a chance to brush up on Excel, music editing software, or any other program you can think of. If you’re a complete beginner, Youtube can be a great teacher. Another thing I will most definitely be doing is cleaning out my freakin email inbox, because having 2000+ emails doesn’t exactly ease any anxieties I already have. Maybe I’ll actually do that software update I was supposed to do in November if I’m feeling crazy.
Making time for my favorite people
Just because I can’t see them in person, doesn’t mean I can’t see them at all! Later I’m planning on calling my grandparents, starting a group FaceTime with my school friends, and FaceTiming my sister so we can talk about what face masks we got in our Fab Fit Fun boxes. You know, business only stuff.
Do that thing.
That one thing you’ve been wanting to do, but you haven’t had the time, or you feel like you’re not ready, or you’ve just found reasons not to do it. Do it now. For me, it’s been updating the blog. For some, it might be starting a workout program or calling that old friend you promised you would get in touch with soon. Perhaps it’s learning a new language or breaking out your sewing machine again. Whatever it is, now is the time!
I know that right now it’s hard to find any positive out of this situation, and I want to extend comforts to those who have been affected beyond being bored at home. I wish you all happy hand-washing, and hope that we can all use this time of social responsibility and quarantine to the best of our ability.