We are one month into quarantine now. As tragic as COVID-19 has been, I’ve been trying to stay positive and make my time at home count. It sucks that work has slowed down, but I’m blessed to still have income as a freelancer. More importantly, I’m always grateful for my healthy body! Over the past few weeks, I’ve learned to divert my anxiety to more quality “me time,” where I’m able to reflect, shift my focus, and get my priorities in order.
Stuck inside and feeling bored? Here are a few simple things you can do for your wellbeing and health at home:
Pick Up a New Skill or Coursework
Have you always wanted to learn or try something new, but kept putting it off because of time constraints and busy schedules? Having more free time at home these days, I have been itching for some type of further education. 7 years after graduating from UCSD with a BA in Communications, I recently decided to work towards a holistic nutritionist certification. This passion of mine has been growing for a while now, and I know there’s always something new for me to learn and share with you guys! Plus, with everything that’s going on, I am definitely open to more knowledge on how to help my body naturally fight off viruses and diseases.
Try New Recipes
No more dining out means that people are cooking more at home if they aren’t ordering take-out. I have been very actively experimenting with new vegan recipes in my kitchen during this quarantine! It’s honestly been so fun, and also somewhat stress-relieving. There is nothing quite like the feeling of satisfaction when you nail a vegan mac and cheese dish on your first try 😉 I like the challenge of preparing a variety of meals using what I already have in the pantry or fridge. It jogs my creativity and minimizes the number of grocery trips I have to make during this lockdown. Honestly, I have surprised myself with many yummy (and healthy!) dishes that I cannot wait to share with friends and family once we can get social again!
Get Creative with Exercise
Gyms are temporarily closed worldwide, so people are either working out at home… or not working out at all. I’ll be honest with you – I really miss my gym and being able to use machines. I feel like I get my best workouts in that way. Home workouts can be great, but sometimes it’s easy to skip days or just not have the motivation to move. If you aren’t one to come up with an exercise regime, you can try apps like SWEAT where there are trainers virtually guiding you through exercises. I was on the SWEAT app for a year and found it to be quite nice on days I just wanted to pump out a workout without stressing about what to do. On the other hand, I like to switch it up sometimes and put together my own workouts by compiling various exercises I see on YouTube and Instagram. My favorite Victoria’s Secret model Kelly Gale has been releasing new workout videos on her YouTube channel since quarantine begun. I am SO here for her fitness content, and it’s definitely something I look forward to.
With so much negativity and fear mongering going around social media, it’s nice to disconnect. I spend at least 30 minutes a day to read a book. Even better if I’m able to sit outside in my patio and get some Vitamin D while I’m at it! Right now, I’m focusing on health books like “How Not to Die” by Michael Greger because I’m keen on learning more about the whole foods, plant-based lifestyle and how I can keep my body healthy & happy with a holistic approach. Depending on the genre, reading is also a fun way to “escape reality” or “go somewhere new” since we’ve been forced to put our travels on hold!
Catch Up on Sleep
Sleep-deprived before quarantine? If so, your body needs rest now more than ever! Use this extra time to catch up on sleep without feeling guilty. Remember that our bodies need rest to function optimally! I love taking naps during the day without needing to worry about meeting a bunch of deadlines. I’ve been trying to sleep earlier too, and I can feel my body really loving this new routine! I find that putting down my phone at least 30 minutes before my bedtime helps my body prepare for a good night’s rest.
Up Your Self-Care Game
Since seeing an esthetician isn’t an option at the moment, it’s important to keep our skin happy at home. I have been giving myself DIY facials by doing more masks, and taking extra time at night to make sure I get all my skincare steps in before bed. If you’re looking for an excuse to do some retail therapy (and supporting small businesses!) while you shelter in place, check out my favorite skin care products from The Body Deli and Silba Body & Skincare! Both are vegan and made with the good stuff bodies love. The Body Deli has some awesome face masks, serums, moisturizers, and an eye cream I really love. Silba has amazing body butters and oils to keep your entire body feeling baby soft 🙂
Do Something You Love!
It’s easy to get stressed out about work by default, but now is the perfect time to try and take it easy. Your body will thank you! Gardening, journaling & scrapbooking, working on puzzles, playing board games, binge-watching your favorite TV shows… what are you waiting for? This much free time may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity unless you’re retired… so let’s take advantage of it!