I think that we can all agree that the past two-plus months have been real. I have gone from loving the fact that I’m home to feeling super anxious/stir crazy about it. From what I hear experiencing a wide range of emotions during this time is pretty common. Managing quarantine life hasn’t been easy but there are some things that I’ve been doing to keep myself sane.
In an effort to deal with feelings and make the most of this time I’ve been doing things that I normally don’t get to do. It’s crazy how many things I’ve been able to check off my list! That being said don’t feel bad if you have lazy days. I’ve had them too! Allowing yourself to grieve the life that we once had is all a part of the process and it’s important to allow yourself to feel all of the feels!
10 Ways I’ve Been Managing Quarantine Life
Did you know that one in three adults don’t get enough sleep? Due to our normally busy and overworked lives, we often sacrifice adequate sleep. At first, I wanted to keep up with my normal 6 AM wakeup time even though I don’t have a commute to work. But honestly what’s the point in that?! I have nowhere to be so why not aim to get a full 8-9 hours of sleep every night while I can. No alarm clocks during quarantine for me!
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I don’t think that I’ve ever been so organized in my entire life! I’ve cleaned my car, organized my makeup collection, organized my wardrobe, and more! Next up is cleaning my sneakers and boots so they look shiny and new.
I’ve always enjoyed cooking but lately, I have been trying out some new recipes. While certain ingredients may be difficult to find at the moment there are plenty of recipes that use minimal ingredients. I’ve made carrot ginger soup, Mexican chicken, and honey butter garlic chicken. I even did some homemade marshmallows. Which are surprisingly easier to make than you’d think!
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I’ve always wanted to get into journaling but I never seem to take the time to do so. I had even purchased Katie Dalebout’s book on journaling called Let it Out. Since journaling is supposed to help with anxiety among other benefits I decided to try it out on a more consistent basis.
I found this app called Drive-thru that makes it super easy to get into journaling. Drive-thru gives you writing prompts that you choose based on how you are feeling at that moment. For example, right now they are offering a 15-day coronavirus journaling series. When you open up the app and choose your prompt you have an option to set the timer to 6, 12, or 18 minutes. So you would journal for that amount of time. In the end, it asks you to read over what you wrote and enter a short passage about what you took away from that day’s writings.
I don’t know about you but I have a bunch of books in my closet that has been sitting there for a few years. I’m finally getting to read through some of those books and it’s been great! I have been making it a point to read at least a few pages before bed every night and in the morning. I recently finished Girl Wash Your Face, Steal Like an Artist, and Instastyle by Tezza. If you are a creative person or want to be more creative I highly recommend Steal Like an Artist. It’s an easy read and offers insight into how the world’s best artists find inspiration.
Constantly being in the house and on my computer for work and blogging can get a little tiresome. So I’ve been trying to go out at least twice a day for a walk or bike ride around the neighborhood. Getting some fresh air is such a mood booster and it keeps you moving so you’re not sitting all day long. I’ve actually been wanting to switch it up and pick up a pair of rollerskates. For some reason, I keep looking at rollerskating videos on Instagram and have been inspired to start skating again!
Can you believe that I just watched Dirty Dancing for the first time ever? Yup, I have a huge list of classic movies that I’ve actually never watched. I don’t know why but apparently I have a huge gap in movie knowledge from the years 1980-1995. Next up on my list is Flashdance! Drop your movie recommendations in the comments below!
I’ve also been using this time to get clear on the content that I want to offer here on the blog. I’ve been crafting more blog post ideas, creating an actual blogging schedule, taking more photos, and brainstorming branding ideas. I’m looking to switch things up just a bit and currently taking some time to figure out how to do just that! I really want to take my blogging business up to the next level and I’m excited about what’s to come!
While it may seem like I am doing “all the things” I have also had days where I don’t get much done. I think that a lot of people can say that they feel very up and down in terms of mood over the past month. That’s OK! It’s a challenging time for everyone and it’s normal to go through various emotions every day. Remember to be kind and gentle to yourself during this time.
How have you been managing quarantine over this past few months? Let us know how you’re doing in the comments below and share this with someone who needs some tips!