While none of us expected this “shelter in place” directive, there are plenty of things we can do at home that don’t involve a remote and a pint of Ben and Jerry’s. We have a choice to either complain and be miserable or to embrace this time we have with our families, kids or maybe just (gasp) ourselves! Get to know yourself, get some rest, and figure out how to come out on the other side of this a better version of you. Global pandemic aside, I’m actually looking forward to doing all those things that I “don’t have time for” on a regular basis.
1. Start a new morning routine – Take advantage of that extra 5, 10, even 30 minutes in the morning to start a new habit. Finally start making that hot water with lemon before your coffee, find a daily meditation practice or take a few minutes to write in a gratitude journal. Whatever it is, set a reminder on your phone and try to turn it into a habit before you have to head back to the office. That way, it will be so engrained in your daily routine that you will make the time for it.
2. Log into your favorite live-streaming fitness class – Just because you can’t go to the gym doesn’t mean you’re on your own! Many of my yogi friends are live streaming classes for a small fee over the next few weeks, and I’m considering providing some contect, as well. TBD on that! In the meantime, see my list of recommendations below.
3. Give yourself a pedicure – This one’s not just for the ladies! I’m serious, guys. It’s the end of winter. Unless you’re like my friend Deb and wear flip flops in the snow, I’m going to guess that those stocking-clad feet haven’t seen the light of day since at least October. Those puppies could probably use a little TLC.
4. Do your taxes – Ok, this one probably doesn’t make you jump for joy, but if you do them on your own, you’re going to have to get them done at some point! The sooner you submit them, the sooner you get that refund check, which will be especially helpful if you’re feeling the squeeze on the wallet right now.
5.Take a free online course – I love the fact that some of the country’s best universities offer FREE online classes. These are actually legit courses from places like Harvard, Columbia, and Berkeley! Learn computer science, business or architecture among so many other options. Check out the offerings here.
6. Facetime your long distance (or local) friends– Have a friend you’ve been meaning to call to catch up with? Chatting with a friend is an instant mood booster, so if you’re feeling particularly lonely, pick up the phone. My girlfriends and I like to schedule meetings on zoom so we can all “hang out” at the same time! It’s like a virtual girl’s night in!
7. Read that self help book that has been sitting on your shelf – We’ve all heard a podcast or read a review about an amazing “must-read” self help book and immediately ordered it from Amazon. You know the one. It’s sitting on your shelf, longing to be chosen. There’s no time like the present to learn how to work fewer hours, declutter your life or adopt the eating habits of the world’s centenarians.
8. Take a bath – When is the last time you had a bath?! It always seems like a nice idea, but I never find the time to do it. Some of you may be cringing at the thought of the unsightly tub in your 100 year old apartment, but you can easily create a luxurious experience for yourself. Dim the lights, fire up some candles, grab a glass of wine (or tea) and a good book. If you have essential oils, diffuse a few drops of lavender or eucalyptus and you might as well be at the spa!
9. Clean out your closet– Winter is almost over, and if you actually have seasons (sorry NorCal friends) you know that it’s about time to pack up the sweaters and break out the shorts. Instead of just stuffing your winter clothes under the bed until next season, take a sweep through your closet and see if there’s anything you can part with. If items are in good shape, post them on Poshmark to make a few bucks, or better yet, make a bag to donate to a local organization who will surely be in need in the coming weeks.
10. Make something from that cookbook you’ve been meaning to use – I always buy cookbooks with the best intentions. I now have a fully stocked shelf filled with them, and I’ve probably made a total of 5 recipes from them over the last few years. Pick a book, find a recipe for ingredients you already have, and channel your inner Julia Child. Better yet, ask your roomie, partner or kids to help! Below is a photo of what my kitchen will look like for the next 3-6 weeks.