Until recently we have rewarded 'doing stuff' - we feel we need to meet up with people at sites, we brag about our travels, we share where we are, who we are with and what we are doing. We post photos on Facebook and Instagram and (intentionally or not) brag about what we do. I'm guilty of this too.
...and then suddenly we were all home!
Worldwide so many people are staying indoors, by choice or legal enforcement, in an effort to combat the spread of Coronavirus Covid-19.
How do we go from doing anything and everything, to being stuck at home? How do we have fun? How do we stay productive? How do we measure success? Do we remember how to relax?
...and how do we use this time to our advantage?
It is rare - and uncomfortable for many - for life to feel like it has paused.
I asked friends, family and followers on social media for their tips and ideas on what they are doing while staying home, and have compiled them all into this page. Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org your additional tips and ideas, and share this page with your friends!
Find an audiobook or internet program.
Try a new recipe. There are some great companies online that will send you food and directions. My favorite is Home Chef!
Find a topic that interests you and listen along! (and if your interest is travel, I highly recommend my podcast!)
Mindful.org and Headspace.com are two good places to start
Set a goal on how much water to drink in one day, and lay out the bottles necessary to visualize hitting it every day.
Explore social media for discounts and free virtual classes.
Make going on the treadmill (cough, 'dreadmill,' cough) more enjoyable by changing up your workout routine. Perhaps on 4/1 you run or walk 4.1 miles, or work out for 41 minutes, or go strong for 41 seconds. Find something that will make that day's routine unique.
Decrease by 10% a day. Embrace the #projectzero and #inboxzero movement. Unsubscribe to services you are no longer interested in.
While you can do more when leaving your house, Pokemon Go a good way to feel part of a community. (You can connect with me on trainer code 6226 1507 2038 or 6259 5083 9540).
Set a manageable goal such as one chapter a day. Pick something that interests you. IF you do not like it, feel free to swap and try a different book.
Go to bed early. Fluff your pillow and grab a soft blanket. Stay in bed for 8 hours.
My favorite is to search youtube for America's Got Talent contestant comedians.
Take a night off from cooking and help support a local business.
If you have a pet, snuggle with it. If you have a dog, get some fresh air and go for a longer walk. If you don't have a pet, ask a neighbor if you can spend a few minutes helping out with theirs.
It is something quiet to do, and at the end you feel like you accomplished something!
Swagbucks will pay you via PayPal and gift cards for doing internet searches, watching shows, and completing surveys.
...like no one is watching. Because they are not. You are in your home!
Brave a bold mani/pedi color. Grow a beard. Try a new hairstyle. Change around your regular makeup colors. No one new will be seeing you so don't worry about going a little extra!
Safely experiment with drink options - sweet, sour, color, glass and find a 'quarantine martini' or other drink that is completely you! Share the idea with your friends, and hold a quarantine-tasting party once people go back to being social and try one another's drink mix.
Whether it is personal, travel, financial, aim towards 'something!'
What makes today special? If you don't know where to start, google 'random holiday today' and you might find out it is 'Let's Laugh Day' (March 19) or Waffle Day (March 25) or Look Up to the Sky Day (April 14) or a million other holidays.
Start with the scariest catch-all areas - you have time! Set a goal to throw out at least 5 things per target area.
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