If any of you are like me, it’s finally hitting you that we are in week 5 of quarantine and what feels like no end in sight. There is a mix of emotions that comes along with this, frustration, restlessness, anxiety…fear. Most of us are missing human interaction, and forcing ourselves to have strength. Just to be clear, IT’S OK to feel what you’re feeling, you are not alone.
There are so many great resources and options to help us combat boredom and all the things we are feeling.
First thing and one of the most important, stay in contact with people. Check on loved ones, FaceTime, Zoom chat, pick up the phone as much as you can. Tell people in your lives that you are thinking about them and loving them from a far. It may not be a personal, physical interaction, but virtual interaction is better than no interaction. What you give, you will receive in abundance.
EXERCISE! Not having access to the gym or a normal routine can be difficult. For some of us it means starting a new routine. If you can't find the motivation to do this, or don't know where to start, youtube or Instagram are two great options. There are so many certified trainers with large followings who are currently giving free classes online through these platforms. Our very own Jes Meza (IG: @jesmeza) is teaming up with her fitness friends to help her followers twice a week while getting a workout in on her own. We also have Leslie B, trainer, boxer, and badass boy mom (IG: @honeybadgerhustler) providing Instagram Live classes at 10:30 am PST. If you're looking for something simple, take a walk around your neighborhood, get some fresh air and take in the scenery. The point is to get the blood flow going, release endorphins, and get back to feeling a bit of happiness.
Take this time to perfect your health routine. Drink a lot of water, stay hydrated. Find new and healthy recipes to cook. Follow a new nutrition blogger, my current favorite is Bobby Parrish from FlavCity. Take your vitamins, Zinc, Oil of Oregano, Iron, Etc. Avoid sugary substitutes of any nutritional supplement you take, it defeats the purpose of the supplements. Take care of your skin. Wash you face with an alcohol free cleanser, tone with a plant based, sans alcohol toner, and moisturize daily. Especially at night when there is cell turn over. Eye Creams and serums are a great addition to the routine and a home made masks are a bonus. Exfoliate your skin from head to toe. The mix of a little sugar, coconut oil, and a few drops of essential oil go a long way. Oh and after washing your hands for 20 seconds, use a lotion, a body butter/cream to moisturize. If you have run out of these things, grab a little olive oil from the kitchen, this helps too. All of our hands are going through a beating and you don't want to experience raw, cracked skin. It's painful and aging. The skin is our largest organ and our protecter so make sure to protect it.
Do a good deed! Start a movement, send groceries to a neighbor in need. Write a postcard to kids in the children's hospital start a fund to get food to people who are without. These are all vague ideas, but you get the point. Acts of service are perfect for making others as well as yourself feel good and it helps to get you out of your own head.
When all else fails...sit down with a good book, the television, or in silence, light a candle, grab your favorite drink and say "Eff it!", tomorrow is a new day and I'll try again, because at the end of the day, you are allowed to have those guilt free, do nothing Days!