We Can Beat This & 10 Things To Do In Quarantine

Monday, March 16, 2020

This is a crazy time in the history of the world. A global health crisis not only poses a threat to our physical wellbeing, but also to our mental and financial wellbeing as well. As much as I support social distancing (I've been doing it since Friday afternoon), it's difficult to see some of my favorite small businesses suffering in order to support these efforts. But I know our collective efforts will pay off in the end by limiting exposure and therefore, stopping COVID-19.

In the meantime, it's overwhelming to take in the abundance of information that's coming from all directions and try to maintain some semblance of sanity and control. While it's been hard for me to limit my time on social media each day as I am constantly checking Facebook for updates and Instagram to see how everyone is doing, I know also that I need to take a break from the constant news stream.

As hard as it is to be quarantined, it's also the only way we will end the spread of COVID-19. Rather than live in denial, embrace your limitations and use this time as a chance to accomplish things you never seem to have the downtime to do.

1. De-clutter closets, dressers, kitchen cabinets and pantries, bathroom and linen closets, medicine cabinets, any other area of your home that has accumulated a lot of junk.

2. Read the books that have been piling up on your nightstand, coffee table, and book shelves.

3. Watch the movies you've added to your watch lists on your favorite streaming apps.

4. Get outside! Take a walk. Explore a new park. Walk to a local coffee shop if one is open. You'll not only be getting exercise but you'll be supporting a small business as well.

5. Take a virtual museum tour here. The Van Gogh Museum is one of my favorites.

6. Meditate. If you are feeling anxious or stressed, meditation is a wonderful relaxation tool that can help to calm you. Calm and Headspace are two of my favorite apps.

7. Facetime or call friends and family. Everyone is in the same boat. We are all home in isolation. Misery loves company, so call!

8. Stream workout videos online. If you don't have a membership to a site or app, you can find plenty of free workout and yoga videos online.

9. Get a head start on spring cleaning. I seem to be eager and have big spring cleaning plans each year, and then life gets in the way. Not this year!

10. Spend quality time with your family. Watch movies, play cards and board games, do puzzles, bake or cook together. Use this rare time to enjoy each other's company because when this is all over, we will quickly fall back in to our hectic schedules and lives.

Most importantly, stay safe and healthy, everyone! xx

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