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How I’m Staying Positive (and busy) During COVID-19

Day 4 of quarantine. Day 4 of not going to work. Day 4 of waking up and thinking “I have to keep myself busy today.” This is such a weird time for all of us and I don’t think it’s actually hit me yet that this will be our new way of life for a (hopefully short) period of time. The important thing to do right now is to stay positive and keep yourself busy.

We should look at our situation as a time to reflect on life, rebuild relationships, have meaningful conversations, start a new hobby or craft, pick back up a hobby we used to love but didn’t have time for, cook our favorite recipes, etc. This is the time for us to do all of the things we always said “If only I had time for…” It’s funny if you think about it because now we have more time than ever on our hands. Why should we complain?

Sure, this time in all of our lives is scary and uncertain, and I’m worried about getting my job back when it’s all over. But in the meantime, I want to refocus on the little things in life. I’m sharing my top 10 things to do during the coronavirus quarantine in hopes that I’ll feel good mentally and physically. Hopefully some of my tasks/goals will inspire you too!

  1. Recognize 3 things to be grateful for every day

    Gratitude is everything right now. During these uncertain times, it’s especially important to take time each day- whether it’s right when you wake up or before you go to sleep- to recognize at least 3 things to be grateful for. This is really good for the soul and it helps me feel more grounded.
  2. Clean out the closet

    What a great time to do some Spring cleaning! The official start of Spring is this Friday, March 20th. I  love going through my closet and getting rid of all of the clothes I don’t wear anymore. It feels so good to make room and have things organized in color-coded order. Donating old clothes to charities such as Goodwill is very humbling or sometimes if things are still in really good shape, I will try to sell my belongings on Poshmark for some extra cash. Don’t stop with the closet either- get rid of anything in your life that isn’t serving you. I like to deep clean my social media by unfollowing any accounts that make me feel less than or just aren’t serving my optimism. Feels good to purge!
  3. Plant a small garden

    This is something that’s been on my mind for a while. I love gardening when I actually take the time to garden. Flowers are so lovely and can completely transform a yard. I love planting a variety of flowers, herbs and plants. There’s nothing like being able to go outside and cut some fresh rosemary, thyme or basil from your herb garden to use in your cooking.
  4. Experiment in the kitchen with new recipes

    No surprise here! I am so glad that I get to have extra cooking and blogging time. I  know it will be a little tricky to find all of the ingredients I need at the grocery store depending on what I want to cook, but I’m going to start with what I already have at home and create recipes from that. Once those items are gone, I  will be creating new recipes with canned good and other non-perishable items so everyone else can have options, too.
  5. Read (at least) one book

    Now is the best time to read. Reading is so so good for the vocabulary and who doesn’t want their vocabulary to expand? In this day & age, most of us have e-books where we can instantly download a new book to read. If you don’t have an e-book, thank goodness for Amazon! I’m currently reading The Rewired Life which I highly recommend if you’re looking to live a more fulfilling life.
  6. Drinks lots of water

    Drinking water has so many benefits. Strengthens immunity, hydration, high energy levels, proper brain function, prevent & treat headaches, promotes weight loss, lowers cholesterol… shall I name more? Drink up!
  7.  Start a new show

    I’m not a big TV person. I always watch the same shows (Sex and The City, Real Housewives, Bar Rescue, The Office…) as I’m not one to start watching a new series on my own. Most of the time, I get into shows I wouldn’t think I would is because of my husband. I would love some recommendations for any must-watch shows!
  8. Get fit!

    Not going to lie.. I’ve gained some weight lately. Although it’s not a noticeable amount, the scale has notified me that I’m 7 pounds over my normal weight and I can also feel it on myself. I think I got into a routine where I would go to work and come home and pour myself a large glass of wine and nibble on cheese, charcuterie and crackers. This happened several nights a week. I love my wine but I  do need to space out the nights in which I indulge. I think cutting the wine and snacks and amping up my cardio will help shred those 7 pounds. Besides, I’ll go crazy if I  don’t move my body during this quarantine. Running outside is still an option- just continue to keep your distance from others!
  9. Create something

    Lately I’ve been wanting to create my own product. I’m leaning more towards skin care but I’m still in the brainstorming process. Now, I have all the time so there are no excuses. If there has ever been something you wanted to create, now is the time.
  10. Set a daily intention

    One thing I’m missing right now is my yoga classes because we would all set an intention before the class began. The intention could be something for class like “I’m going to do my best to get through the next 60 mins” or an intention for the day like “I will come from a place of Yes all day.” It’s important to set a daily intention because it keeps us accountable. Some examples for a more authentic life:
  • I intend to respond with love.
  • I intend to treat others with the upmost respect.
  • I intend to practice patience.
  • I intend to lead by example.
  • I  intend to forgive others, and myself.

 

Let’s stay positive and busy during this crisis. We will be OK!

XX,

JJ

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