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Drink a glass of water
Add fruit to put some variety into your hydration routine.
Get groceries without leaving the house
Do a quick search for local CSAs that deliver (many of them are starting the new season around this time already) or consider delivery from a company like Imperfect Foods (Get $10 off your first box by using my link). Getting fresh produce will help boost your immune system and add more variety to those creative pantry staple recipes.
Complete an unfinished task you’ve been putting off
Getting it done will do wonders for your peace of mind, help you feel accomplished, and free up space in your brain for other important things.
Relax in the sun; watch and listen to the birds
Living in the Pacific Northwest for a few years now, but being a California girl at heart (where I grew up), I have had to learn the hard way about the benefits of vitamin D. When we first moved here I struggled with SADS (seasonal affective disorder) triggered by the same stress levels that led me to create this little business to begin with. My doctor had me start taking vitamin D and within a week I noticed a huge difference – as someone who is generally a relatively happy person, I was shocked. Who knew this little vitamin could be so impactful! Never underestimate the power of spending a bit of time in the sun, which provides natural vitamin D boosts (or taking vitamin D if, like me, you live in an area that is overcast for a solid chunk of the year). Having freckles and a fair bit of red in my hair, I’m pretty sensitive to the sun. As such, I’m a big fan of the slightly weaker mid- to late-morning sun that is less likely to damage my skin. A little goes a long way. Even 15 minutes is enough to make a difference. Consider meditating in the sun, listening to the birds for a bit, bringing a book out with you, or going for a little walk while you soak it in.
Have a movie night with the family
Watch a film together with the Netflix Party Chrome plug-in. This is a great chance for you to be connected with friends and family, no matter your energy level, too.
Remind your elderly neighbor(s) you’re there for them, too
Consider reaching out to elder neighbors to see if they need any assistance – picking up groceries, a chat, dinner, etc. If you don’t know them quite well yet, now’s a good time to start. You can always discreetly drop a note in their mailbox just reminding them of who you are, letting them know you’re there if they need anything, and providing your contact info.
Be mindful of the wonder around you
Stay as present as [possible and focus on taking in the big picture. Enjoy small moments: a smile, the beauty of a rose garden, taking a walk in the sunshine.
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Take your book outside with you
Read outside near nature, or by a cracked window if it’s raining. Enjoy the benefits that being near nature has on your nervous system while learning and taking in the fresh air.
Watch a TED Talk
At a maximum of 20 minutes long, TED Talks can provide you with all sorts of new insights. If you download the app you can even seek inspiration, which is basically a randomizer of different TED Talks. I used to do this on long commutes and enjoyed learning about so many things I wouldn’t have necessarily sought out.
Build a consistent routine to set clear work/life boundaries
Aim for a clear start and stop point for various work and personal activities throughout the day (including self-love and care). The lines easily get blurred when everyone is working, studying, and playing in the same space. Allow for flexibility but aim for aligning complimentary activities (like working while the kids are in virtual classrooms or heads down on a project for a bit and taking a break yourself when they are) so that you can all be more present together in the time you do have and are less likely to get in each other’s way as much.
Note: There are enough virtual and telecommuting best practices out there to fill an entire workbook and resource guide, and more coming out daily. As such, I have refrained from including them here, but a quick LinkedIn or Google search should prove fruitful if you find yourself struggling.
Download the Forest app to keep yourself focused, hydrated, help the planet, and move throughout the day.
Forest is a Do Not Disturb gamification app. Pick the time you want it running and earn credits toward planting trees for successful bouts without your phone. Use the end of each session as a trigger to stretch your legs and get some water and to get some movement.
Put together a DIY bouquet for your counter while savoring your environment
This can be such a simple way to bring brightness or calm to your days. Be respectful of your neighbors’ lovely cultivated gardens by keeping them in tact but consider going for a walk, getting some sun and fresh air, and picking a small bouquet for your table or counter. I keep a 16 oz mason jar on hand for just such a purpose. It’s small enough to be pretty with just a handful of flowers and greenery, and casual enough to suit the wild nature of the bouquet. If you don’t have something specifically to put your bouquet in, consider what’s lying around your house: a sentimental mug, a finished jar of jam that could be washed out, or a small flowering can. Looking to get something more specific? Consider secondhand stores or a dollar store for an inexpensive option (Note: given the often environmentally unfriendly packaging and creation processes often used to allow for such cheap sales of items at dollar stores, I do my best not to go into them often, but I do recognize their benefit from a financial standpoint as well and recognize that we sometimes need to weigh these two elements given our own unique situations – if you must go this route, go in with a specific item in mind and keep your purchase small).
Save water, and your plants
If you find your house suddenly a bit more full, compliments of the plants you brought home from the office, consider making a few activities do double duty (and save a little bit on your water bill) while you’re home. Collect water in a bucket while you wait for your shower to warm up. If unsalted, use pasta water for your plants (they’ll love you for it – plants like the starch!).
Finish what you have before spending more
Whether it’s books, crafting supplies, TV episodes, or movies you haven’t watched yet; use what you have first. Oftentimes we amass small collections of things we would like to do (my weaknesses are books and crafting supplies). During uncertain times save yourself some money, build your skills and knowledge, clear out the clutter (clear space/clear mind), and spend some time being present in the moment by digging into your current supplies before buying more.
Evaluate (or set) your budget and do some short-term cost cutting
Look at your last 3 months of spending (I’m preferential to Mint for this). What costs can you cut right now? Current unnecessary reoccurring costs like gym memberships, sport channel, or app subscriptions are a good place to start. Instead, take a look at filling that quiet time with free streaming options like BroadwayHD, which is offering a 7 day free trial.
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