Things To Do While Hiding Out From COVID-19
As I write this I’m officially on Day 8 of social distancing…
& I swing back & forth between losing my sh!t & thinking I can do this forever. How about you?!
This week I’ve caught up on laundry. I’ve stripped, washed & changed sheets twice. I’ve disinfected the kitchen, bathrooms & all regularly touched surfaces too many times every day to count. I’ve purged my closet. I’ve cleaned every square inch of my home gym. I’ve downloaded 4 workout-from-home apps. I’ve read 6 books. I’ve watched 8 movies. I’ve walked around my neighborhood more times in the last week than I have in the last 4 years, since moving in.
Coronavirus is only getting worse, & more & more people will be working from home for a little while (my husband included – lord, help me!), along with events being canceled. It seems our weekends for the foreseeable future magically freed up, my girls trip to Vegas has been cancelled, along with the amazing birthday trip to Sedona Hubs planned. So, what’s a girl to do?!
Here’s everything I can think of to suggest doing while you’re hiding out from the sickness & really get cozy with ~me, myself, & I~…
Do all the things you’ve been putting off, because they’ll take too much…
time, focus, energy, etc. Sign up for UpWork. Declutter your beauty items. Sign up for a service to sell your clothes. Fold the laundry that’s been sitting in your closet for weeks. Read all the articles you have stockpiled. Unsubscribe to all that junk mail. Make copies, print, or sign any documents you’ve let sit on your desk. Organize your cabinets. You know what I’m talking about: all of those tasks that seem small but just take way too long to do. Well, you have time now.
Realign yourself with who you are, what you’re doing & where you’re trying to go.
Revamp your personal brand. Or your Instagram. Or your online dating profile. Or your LinkedIn. Or your resume. Because it’s hard, right?! It’s an art form coming up with the perfect way to sell yourself, whether it’s personally or professionally. Rewrite your about me section. Change your profile pic. Breathe life into your blog again. Create content. Research articles for blog posts. Plan photoshoots. Make a list of your goals. Journal. Take the time to get in touch with yourself, & create your plan for putting the best you out there.
Continue to shop local.
As the owner of a small business that depends on people walking through the front door, I feel this one personally. Local businesses are certainly taking a hit as everyone is doing their best to do the right thing, keep to themselves right now & not get themselves or anyone else sick. To make up for the time that’s been lost, do your part by buying gift cards in the time being for all the places you would normally frequent. Think hair salons, coffee shops, markets, workout studios, etc. Don’t worry: you’re basically just investing in yourself because eventually, you’ll get to put those gift cards to good use. If you can buy gift cards online or via phone, even better! Craving dinner from your fave locally-owned restaurant? Check to see if they have curbside pickup, or if they’ve partnered with a delivery service.
Revamp your skincare routine.
How many of us can say we have a morning & an evening skincare routine that we swear by? I’ve got a great morning one… but when it comes to my evening routine, as long as I wash my face I consider it good. Spring cleaning is amongst us, so why not apply it to our skincare routine? Quarantine is the perfect time to change up your skincare. If you break out, no worries—you’re not interacting with another human for at least three weeks!
Sign up for an online course.
My inner nerd geeked out over this one. If we’re all going to be quarantined, we might as well learn something, right? Right now you can choose from 450 Ivy League courses to take online for free spanning over many different disciplines… from Brown, Harvard, Cornell, Princeton, Dartmouth, Yale, & Columbia universities, the University of Pennsylvania, & more.
Also, check out Skillshare. It’s an inexpensive option that still has hundreds of courses on literally every topic you could think of (seriously—I’m currently eyeballing a class all about wine).
What are you doing to keep busy during COVID-19? Stay home, stay safe & stay healthy!