Happy Wednesday and day 482 of quarantine! Wisconsin is officially under a stay-at-home order until at least April 24, so I’m basically emulating my best version of Rapunzel (but with brassy blonde, dark roots and gray highlights!) at this point. You better believe I’m belting out When Will My Life Begin as I type this.
How are you? I’m up and down. Some days are good – great, even! – while others are meh. Even on the good days I find myself experiencing a meltdown at least once to release all the pent up emotions and stress. That’s probably totally normal given the current circumstances. I’m having one of those good days right now – I got the meltdown out of the way this morning! -, so I’m taking advantage of every minute I feel able to be productive, calm and generally okay.
Today’s content is nothing groundbreaking – I’m pretty sure everyone right now is doing some variation of how I’m managing quarantine life, but ya know it’s hard to reinvent the wheel when we’re all experiencing the same thing. Plus, it’s about the only thing on my mind so I’m just rolling with it! Maybe what I’m doing to stay busy and keep myself sane will give you a few tips and ideas, too.
This is what a lot of our nights look like right now! T.V. off with a hot beverage in hand and a hard AF puzzle.
How I’m Managing Quarantine Life
+ Getting outside whenever possible. The no. 1 way I’m staying sane. Going outside is not cancelled, people! It’s free and will make you feel a lot better. Plus, taking the dog for a long walk is good exercise.
+ Sticking to my exercise schedule. Our gym being closed and not having access to a treadmill has been one of the most difficult things for me, physically and mentally. I plan to run outside when the weather cooperates and if my outdoor gear ever arrives from Amazon. But in the meantime, at-home video workouts for the win! I’m really enjoying MadFit on YouTube. I do a series of her workouts three days a week, just like I normally would if I were heading to the gym.
+ Prioritizing self-care. This looks different for everybody. For me, it means getting dressed every day and yes, that means putting on a pair of jeans! That’s what makes me feel good and put-together for the day. But, don’t kid yourself – I’m pairing said jeans with a sweatshirt and my slippers. I also always put on a little makeup – usually just concealer and some powder – and do something with my hair. Maybe this makes me vain, but if I feel good about my appearance then I’m more likely to have a good day.
+ Talking to my family daily. This isn’t a new concept for my family – we talk A LOT – but I think the conversations hold more weight right now since we’re not sure when we’ll physically be together again. Whether it’s video chat, on the phone or text, we’ve been checking in daily and that makes a world of difference.
+ Limiting my exposure to news and social media. Of course it’s important to stay informed right now (and always), but it’s also okay to step away. I’ve been allowing myself to catch up on news for an hour or so in the morning, and then another hour at night – usually right after dinnertime. I find that this way I’m getting the most up-to-date headlines without all the filler in between.
+ Finding fun activities to do, outside of watching Netflix. I can only watch so much Netflix before getting bored. We love puzzles no matter the time of year or circumstance, so I’m glad we have a stockpile of unfinished ones. Board and dice games are great, too, as well as simply reading a book (check out all my recommendations!) or listening to music.
+ Giving myself daily spring cleaning chores. You know, the ones that we ignore or say we never have time for otherwise. So far, I’ve cleaned out two closets and deep-cleaned the fridge. #winning I set a goal to do one major chore a day so I feel some sense of accomplishment outside of work and routine tasks.
+ Throwing ourselves into home projects. Obviously we can’t go anywhere, so now is the time for renovations! Ryan is still working (hey, thank your pharmacists – they’re working their asses off), but when he is home we’ve moved full-steam ahead on renovating our upstairs. It’s a great distraction, and we’re getting a ton done. More to come, but you can catch up on where we’re at in this post.
So, that in a nutshell is how I’m managing quarantine life. Am I doing all these things and more every single day, every single free-minute? Hell. No. There’s been quite a few times when I just want to lay on the couch and stare at the wall or take a nap. And, I think that’s okay (within reason), too! It’s all about finding balance and adapting to a new normal for the foreseeable future. Above all else, do whatever you have to do to take care of yourself and those close to you.
Stay home, stay safe, and stay healthy!
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