While we stay home to keep ourselves and others safe, you may be getting a little...less busy. Or, even - dare I say it - bored. So what can you do while you’re home? You’ve already (re)watched your favorite shows on Netflix. You’ve gone through all of the movies in your collection. And you’ve even started spring cleaning.
Here is the first part in a several part blog series, with things you might want to try. Have suggestions? Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll try to include it in a future post!
So, let’s get to it: 10 Things You Can Do During Quarantine (Part 1)
- Journal. Is journaling a tool you already use in your life regularly? If so, don’t stop now! Keep journaling, keep making time, keep taking the space you need. If you are new to journaling, give it a try! It can be a great way to get your thoughts out and then start to sort through them. Wondering what to write? Give these a try:
- Write out how you’re feeling. Great? Overwhelmed? Blah? Write that out. Why are you feeling that way? What would it be like if you weren’t feeling that way right now? How do you want to feel (if that’s not already how you are feeling)? What can you do to start to shift how you are feeling, right now?
- Make a gratitude list. What are you grateful for? Make a list. A big list. Start with 20 things you are grateful for. If you have a hard time coming up with 20...do 40 ;) Even in times like this, there are things to be grateful for - and it’s important that we can identify them. Gratitude helps us feel better, be open, keep perspective, and call in peace and abundance. Really. So write down what you are grateful for (even the stuff that seems really, really small. Have a snuggly cat? A cute kiddo? A job that you’re able to work from home for, even if it’s super weird? Do you have toilet paper??? Write ‘em down.). Really FEEL the gratitude and how those things make you feel.
- Daydream. What would you rather be doing? Go on a mental journey. Where would you go? What would you do? Who else would be there? What would it look like? Sound like? Smell like? Feel like? Give yourself a little mental vacation - it’s good for you ;)
- Spring clean. It’s spring! Get some fresh air. Even if it’s still cold by you - opening your windows, even an inch or so, even for just a few minutes a day - getting a little fresh air is good for you and your home. If it’s nice out, open up and get some sunshine. Just because we’re staying home, doesn’t mean we can’t get some air.
- Learn something new. What have you been interested in, that you just haven’t had the time to learn because of all the things you’ve been doing? Well, now is a great time to dig a bit deeper into your interests. Whether you love crystals, music, animals, holistic self care, coding, knitting, science...there are free and low-cost courses, videos, and websites that you can access, to learn something new.
- Shop small. Bored and wish you could hit up your favorite store, but they are closed? Shop (or just browse - that’s fun, too!) online - preferably from a small business. Shopping online is a relatively safe activity - and orders of all sizes are appreciated by small businesses right now. Crystals, earrings, makeup, cookies, clothing, home decor - almost everything you can think of is available online, and likely even from small businesses. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to take a few extra precautions: wipe or spray down your packages (and items inside, as possible) just in case. The risk is low but, certainly, an abundance of caution is never a bad idea. Happy shopping!
- Test out coaching (or coaching books). You get help and, if you’re a great fit, you’ll have a coach when things are back on track. Some coaches have a free mini course that introduces you to the kind of work they do, or a free trial session. Check out of my favorite coaches, Sophie, at https://codependentmillennial.com/ . She has a free 7-day mini course, as well as 1:1 coaching options. Looking for something a little different? Check out another one of my absolute favorite coaches, Hanna, who has a free mini energy healing course, coaching services, and a book: https://www.hannabier.com/
- Stay positive. Did you know that fear, anxiety, and worry stress out your immune system and make your energetic field weaker? It’s true. So the more you can shift to feeling good - or even just feeling neutral - the better off you will be.
- But also, feel your feelings. Staying positive does not, however, mean that you need to ignore all of your other feelings. This is a sad, scary, nerve-wracking time for a lot of people. That is okay. You are allowed to feel all of those: as well as angry, confused, tired, overwhelmed, uncertain, surprised, confused...or any way that you are feeling. Again: You can - and you should - feel your feelings. But, don’t stay there. Don’t give in and let that turn into your default. Feel your feelings...but then make it a point to get back to neutral (plus). Put on some music and literally shake it off. Call or facetime a friend. Make yourself smile - even if you don’t want to. It can help.
- Take a bath. Water is healing - try a soak to take your mind off of what’s going on, relax, and reset. Whether it’s just a plain bath, or you light some candles, play some music, or make it a crystal bath experience, take a few minutes to unwind and soak.
- Play a game. Get those board games out of the closet, dust them off, and jump in! When my parents were in town a couple of months ago, we got “Tucsonopoly” - a Tucson-themed version of Monopoly. It was super fun! Don’t live with anyone? Check out some online games that you can play through your phone. There are lots of multiplayer games that are easy and fun.
- Connect online. There are a lot of ways to stay in touch, without much extra. Do you have an internet connection? A smartphone? You can connect online. Try out Facetime, Facebook Messenger’s video option, or even Zoom. If you’re not into video, send a text to a friend you haven’t seen in a while, call your parents (or grandparents), or comment on a friend’s Facebook pictures. We’re physically distancing, but we don’t have to stop being social. And, in fact, it’s important that we do not. Especially during times of stress and uncertainty, connection is so important. So, make sure that you are connecting with someone that you care about.
So there you go! Here are 10 things you can do during quarantine. Which one(s) will you try? I’ll see you soon, with 10 more ideas ;)