by Veronica Zimmermann, 04/08/2020
2020 has been a whirlwind of a year for nearly everyone. The world is currently in a very large global pandemic and social distancing can be a rough adaptation for some. I decided to put together some tips for those who are struggling with the isolation.
1. Find a new hobby
Now is the perfect time to find out what your talents are, or just something you enjoy doing to pass by the time. Teach yourself to cook (with whatever ingredients you have), learn how to paint or draw, start your garden for the season, brain puzzles, video games, or board games for example. A few of my favorite hobbies to keep busy are reading or doing word searches.
2. Start an exercise regimen
There are some great yoga segments on YouTube, Yoga with Adrienne for example. There are also plenty of amazing workouts on Pinterest and YouTube as well. Staying healthy during the pandemic is very important. Working out and stretching your muscles also relieves stress and is a great way to clear the mind.
3. Start a new Netflix/Hulu/Disney+ series
Netflix has recently added a plethora of new shows and movies just in time for the quarantine. Some favorites are The Office, Parks & Rec, Ozark, Money Heist, Little Fires Everywhere, or rewatch your favorite disney movies!
4. Deep clean your space
Now is the perfect time to get down and dirty and clean that bathroom you've been avoiding. Most all of us have all the time in the world right now, so why not get deep in those nooks and crannies that haven't seen a cleaning product in the last 10 years? Clean up all those dust bunnies and don't forget to disinfect!
Go through your belongings and declutter. Donate clothes/unwanted belongings to your local shelter or rescue mission.
5. Take a virtual museum tour
Itching to check out some art? Travel and Leisure offers a list of 12 museums that offer virtual tours. You can check out famous locations in the US or abroad. The Georgia Aquarium and the Monterey Bay Aquarium have turned on web cams so you can still watch otters, fish and penguins without the crowds.
6. Go for a walk
Walking is a great way to get some fresh air and clear your head. Staying cooped up inside can cause a great deal of anxiety and insanity for some, so getting out and enjoying the great outdoors is a good way to distract yourself from it. Take your dog for a walk, or even go on a bike ride. I love to head to the mountains and go on a hike or find a good hammock spot. Get outside and soak up the vitamin D!
7. Read a new book or two
Reading is a great way to broaden your vocabulary, sharpen your mind, and learn new information. Put together a reading list of books you want to read, and block out time in your day strictly for reading. Whether you're into mysteries or self-help books, Powell's City of Books put together a list of 25 books you must read before you die. Check it out here.
- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a #@%! by Mark Manson
- Everything Happens for a Reason by Mira Kirshenbaum
- Emotional Intelligence by Gill Hasson
- You Are A Badass At Making Money by Jen Sincero
- How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
- The E Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber
- The Glass Castle by Jeannette Wells
- On Writing by Stephen King
- Fates & Traitors by Jennifer Chiaverini
- Mademoiselle Chanel by C.W Gortner
The Key to Quarantine: Staying Mentally Healthy
Keeping your mental health in check will be key for making it through social distancing. Here are some resources to help you manage anxiety and sleep, and find online therapy and telehealth services: