It`s a weird time in our lives, isn`t it? I`m sure that being in the midst of a global pandemic isn`t exactly how any of us had pictured the first few months of 2020… but here we are. While we all know that practicing self isolation is one of the best things we can do for ourselves and each other right now, it can be tough! Restlessness, anxiety, and fear can grow immensely in just a few hours, never mind a few weeks. Although it can be tempting to spend hours on the couch binge-watching Netflix, I can promise you that will just make it worse. So on that note, keep reading for 10 fun and healthy self isolation activities that will help you pass the time and keep your mind and body in check.
First of all, let’s talk a little bit about this situation we`re in that`s causing the need for self isolation. To those of you who had to cancel events, trips, or even just day to day activities that you love; I`m sorry. To those of you who are scared for the health of your grandparents, your little ones, and yourselves; I`m sorry. To those of you who are feeling helpless or angry or frustrated; I`m sorry. And to those of you who have already lost loved ones to COVID-19; I am deeply sorry.
Your feelings and frustrations are valid, and the health of your family is allowed to be number one to you, above all else.
But at this time, when we have so much to be afraid of, what if we took a step back. A step back to realize that every single person on this planet – all 7.53 billion people– are going through the exact same things as we are right now. Woah.
Some places it`s a lot worse, and some places it`s a little better; but in the grand scheme of things 7.53 billion people are feeling that fear, frustration, and helplessness, just like you. How does that make you feel?
I hope it makes you feel powerful. I hope it makes you feel like you’re part of something bigger. I hope it gives you compassion for your neighbors and I hope it makes you realize that you are not alone.
Whether you`re working from home, self quarantining, or going to work every single day to help those affected by this virus; we are all in this together. And we are all doing what we can for each other. I saw this quote the other day and it really got me thinking:
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
So during this time, I hope you can find joy in the little things. Like being able to spend more time playing with your kids, or catching up on some sleep, or having 2 extra hours to make fancy and creative meals with your loved ones. Because believe it or not, we`re going to get through this. Like all the war, disease and terrible events throughout history, one day it will all be a distant memory. Something we will learn from, and something we will tell our grandkids about.
And as we go back out into the world I hope that we can all say that we made the most of this time. I hope we will never again take for granted a weekend getaway, Saturday night supper with friends or an after-work yoga class. And I hope that we come out of this stronger than ever. Scratch that. I know that we will come out of this stronger than ever.
So, friends, let’s get into the 10 self isolation activities that will keep you sane and healthy during this crazy time in our lives!
1. Stream a Yoga Class
First things first, wake up in the morning & change out of your pajamas! Yep, you heard me. Waking up and moving your body first thing is one of the best ways to set the tone for your entire day. It doesn`t even have to be yoga (that`s just my preferred option) but any at-home workout will do! There are tons of amazing teachers out there streaming live and recorded classes for the rest of us, so take full advantage of it! This is the perfect time to commit to your health.
2. Go for a Long Walk
I don`t know about you, but I tend to get pretty antsy when I`m cooped up inside all day. There’s nothing better for your mood or your mindset than getting out into nature for at least 30 minutes each day. So bundle up and get your family members, dogs, or just you and your headphones out the door! There are heaps of beautiful places around you where you can go for a walk while staying 2 meters from anyone else. Challenge yourself to find as many new paths as you can!
3. Learn Something New
Whether you`ve been dreaming of learning Spanish, learning how to launch your online business, or learning how to cook that deer meat that`s taking over your freezer, there will literally never be a better time than this. Do something that brings you satisfaction and joy. It`ll pass the days quickly and you will be so proud of yourself when it`s all said and done. Think about it, wouldn`t you rather look back and say “damn, I was productive” than “man I ate a lot of chips.” ?
4. Cook a New Dish
You know that recipe book you`ve been meaning to dive into but you never seem to have the time for that extravagant creamy mushroom sauce that goes on the risotto? Breaking news: you just got handed all the time in the world! Choose a recipe, order some groceries for pick up, and spend a few hours cooking and enjoying yourself. You can even turn it into a fun activity for the whole family.
5. Support Your Local Businesses
The local businesses that you usually love to visit are in danger during this tough time. Many of them are doing what they can to support the community and keep their heads above water by offering take out, delivering goods, or creating online services. Show them some love and let them know you`re thinking about them!
6. Read a Book
How long has it been since you`ve had unlimited time to curl up in front of the fire with a good book? Too long? Not anymore! Try reading for an hour or two every day instead of binge-watching 5 episodes of The Bachelor. I promise, your state of mind will thank you later.
7. Have Coffee with a Friend, Face Time Style!
Self isolation doesn`t have to mean social isolation. Especially not in a time when we’re so connected through the internet! Set a time, make yourself some coffee or tea and catch up with a good friend over Face Time. I guarantee that you will both hang up feeling refreshed and refueled.
Although I know it`s not for everyone, if you`ve ever been curious about meditation this is the perfect opportunity to give it a try. There are several different online meditation guides and resources and it`s a great way to calm your mind and focus your energy.
9. Decorate a Cake
If you`re anything like us, being stuck at home with endless baking supplies can be dangerous and a lot of fun all at the same time! Look up some fun recipes and spend the afternoon making your best “day at the beach” or “cookie monster” themed cupcakes! For my Calgary and area crew – Cakeify is actually delivering DIY cake and cupcake packages with everything you need to decorate right to your door. How cool is that? PLUS they have gluten-free and vegan options!
10. Play a Game
Instead of spending hours in front of the TV or scrolling through your phone, why not pull out those old board games and get the whole family involved in an epic game of Monopoly? The time will fly by and you are sure to have countless laughs and make some great memories along the way.