Well, here we are 3 months into 2020 and in the midst of a bizarre and uncertain situation (thanks COVID-19). Panic is overtaking our country and no one knows what’s happening next. No one really knows what we,re supposed to be doing since we’ve never been through something like this.
For some of us, being locked up in our homes for 15 days is a dream come true (hi, I’m a 2 and am thriving right now). For others, you are dying on the inside with the idea of limited to no social interaction for the coming days (shoutout to all the 7’s who are 3 days in and losing it).
Below are 15 ways we can maintain a sense of normalcy and sanity over these next 15 days, or so. If you have any tips or suggestions, please drop them below. We’re all in this together!
1. Make a “Quarantine Bucket List”. Make a list of at least 15 things you want to do/accomplish by the end of the quarantine.
2. List your ‘Top 3 Must Do’s” to accomplish each day. Make daily goals for yourself to stay focused and calm.
3. Maintain a (relatively normal) schedule. Don’t fully stop your regular schedule even though you may be confined to you home. Attempt to maintain a sense of normalcy so that when life resumes at normal pace, it won’t be too difficult to readjust.
4. Start each day with a gratitude and devotion/time with God. First thing in the morning find something to be grateful for, set your mind in a positive direction. Spend time with God in the Word, prayer, and simply being still.
5. Get ready each day. Don’t spend all day, every day in pajamas. Get up, take a shower, and get yourself ready for the day.
6. Read for at least one hour a day. Find a book you’ve been trying to finish, or have been wanting to start, and take at least one hour each day to read. Getting yourself out of the social media spiral will most definitely help you sanity.
7. Go for a 30 minute walk each day – weather permitting. Get out of the house and spend time in the sunshine and fresh air.
8. Find new recipes to cook. Cook at least one meal a day. Cook something you’ve been wanting to try, but haven’t had the chance to yet in the chaos of everyday hustle.
9. Stay connected through technology. You may be social distancing right now, but that doesn’t mean you have to be disconnected. Utilize platforms such as Facebook Messenger, Instagram, FaceTime, Zoom and Google Hangouts to stay connected with your family, friends, colleagues, and church. Don’t isolate yourself, and if you don’t have anyone you’re connected to I’d love to chat!
10. Clean a new room or area of your home each day. It is time for Spring Cleaning after all, and with a virus hanging over your heads there is no better times deep clean your living spaces.
11. Organize a new space each day. Reorganize your cabinets, clean out that pesky storage room, reorganize your closet and drawers. Get your living space in order and it will help time the disorder that may be happening outside in the world.
12. Wash your bed linens once a week. Wash and sanitize your sheets, blankets, and pillows to keep yourself and others safe.
13. Spend at least one hour a day on a hobby. Now is the perfect opportunity to dedicate time to something you love to do for fun and passion. Take this time to pour into a hobby you already have or have always wanted to start.
14. Find a new show or movie to watch. For all you binge-watchers, this is your time to shine! Find a new series to dive into. Reawaken your love for your favorite show Find new movies to love. Pull out your go-to and childhood favorites.
15. Take a Sabbath (day of rest) one day a week. Having your entire life confined a single space can be difficult to separate. Even though you may now be working from home and not able to go to church, you can still give yourself the space to put work aside for a day, rest, and recharge.