Due to COVID-19, normal life has become drastically different. But while we endure this time of uncertainty, it is important to maintain a positive attitude and a healthy lifestyle. By healthy, I mean that we should do our best to avoid becoming a couch potato (it’s very tempting) and put our energy towards something that makes us happy. So, today I will share with you 10 things that I have been doing or working towards doing, in order to keep myself busy and productive in quarantine (when I’m not online at Zoom University of course).
1. Watch Netflix
Now, I know I said no couch potato, but we all deserve a good Netflix binge once in a while! Netflix has absolutely been killing it with the release of their new shows recently. Some shows I highly recommend watching include:
- Tiger King
- This documentary truly has it all: big cats, murder-for-hire plots, and Carole Baskin killed her husband.
- All American
- Netflix released season 2 last month and I may or may not have finished it in record time. If you like football and drama, then this is the show for you! Bonus: It’s based on the true story of pro football player, Spencer Paysinger.
- Outer Banks
- This just came out and yes, I’ve already finished it. This show brings you along on an adventure with John B. and his three best friends, as they search for lost treasure. I’ve also convinced my friends to watch the show and we all agree that season 2 needs to come ASAP.
I don’t know if it’s just me, but I love to organize. There’s something so satisfying about it and quarantine has truly allowed me to clean, organize, and declutter. I finally got around to finishing rearranging my room and eventually made my way to organizing my bathroom, my drawers, and my closet. I feel like Marie Kondo and I love it.
3. Find a New Hobby
This could be literally anything but for me, I’ve finally been able to work on my DIY projects. I had an old bench in my house that I wanted to revamp and make my own to put in my newly arranged bedroom. I’d been sitting on this idea since January, so I had all the materials and finally the time to do it!
4. Spend Time with Your Family
Most of us are likely quarantined with our families. While it is definitely a change being with your family 24/7, I am very thankful that I do get this extra time to spend with them (despite the reason behind it)!
5. Virtually Hangout with Friends and Family
- Zoom, FaceTime, Skype, Netflix Party
- Even though we can’t be with our friends and family right now, technology has given us the greatest gift of virtual communication. Video chatting your friends and family is a great way to stay connected and have some other human interaction, aside from your family (or whoever you may be quarantined with). P.S. Netflix Party allows you to watch Netflix with your friends online!
6. Get Fresh Air
This is so, so important! Make it a point to go for a walk or even sit outside for a little bit each day. You will not only feel better but staying active while being cooped up in our homes, is so important for our bodies.
7. Learn how to Cook/Bake
I am 100% a foodie and I love baking. For those of you who don’t know how to boil water, this is the PERFECT time to learn! I haven’t had too much time to do this but after my final exams, I plan on learning how to make a soufflé.
8. Do Yoga/Workout
A lot of gyms and various studios have been posting free workouts that are available to everyone! CorePower Yoga, Orangetheory Fitness, and Peloton are a few companies that have been offering this.
9. Practice Self-care
If you get anything from this guide hopefully this part sticks. It is so important to remember to take care of yourself and make your mental health a priority. For me, I have become religious about my skincare routine. It has helped me to find some sort of normalcy through all of this and I’ve found that taking the time to do something for yourself is a great mood booster. Whatever it is that you do for “self-care”, I encourage you to practice it!
10. Remember to Appreciate…
Lastly, let’s all remember and appreciate the little things because if this has taught me anything, it’s that they’re actually the big things.