5 ways to stay occupied during social distancing
"Choose to be optimistic, it feels better." - Dalai Lama
During this tough time of social distancing trying to find the positive can be quite difficult especially if you are an extrovert like myself. My daily routine consists of interacting with people and it's what I find true comfort in. To have all of that ripped away in such a short amount of time can selfishly seem quite hard. However, in those times I think about my parents, my aunt who has asthma, and the people that I truly care and fight for, suddenly all of this seems worth it. These people who raised us, who truly love us, fight for us every single day since we were born and even sometimes now, To make myself feel a bit of discomfort for them to me is a sacrifice I am willing to make. However, I am not downplaying the situation, I know it can be hard so I wanted to share the 5 Ways to Stay Occupied during this really tough time.
Video Chat with Friends
If you are quite social and rely on social interaction then this tip is definitely for you. The beautiful thing about social media along with technology is that it can connect you with the rest of the world. For my readers that are quarantined alone this will be your bread and butter because it will allow you to feel like you're with someone amidst this chaos. There are so many ways that you can video chat with someone, if you don't have a built in camera on your laptop then simply use your phone. You can use Facebook, Instagram chat, or skype. I recently heard about Zoom and I am going to be downloading that to video chat with some friends. These are all great ways of seeing people you truly care about without putting them in any harm. You can spice these video calls up, if you're missing a sense of normalcy do a cock-tail virtual hour, or a movie night, or even a coffee date. There are so many ways you can twist this and the beautiful thing is it's all free. Also, if you haven't downloaded the Netflix Extension to chat with friends during a movie I highly recommend you do that! It is such a great way to feel connected to the people you care about.
Make a routine
If you are a structured person like myself then a routine will be so helpful for you. On my work days I have to write down a schedule or a plan that I will follow for that day. Being at home is no different. Just because you're working from home doesn't mean you can just lay in bed all day doing nothing. Wake up, do some exercise, make some breakfast, and take care of business. Treat this like a normal schedule and time won't seem to waste away or drone on slowly. If you have a work routine of getting morning coffee and a bagel at work do the same thing at home. I even get dressed up and come to my computer desk to work so I can have that same feeling of normal that I missed. Now, this is a bit extreme but what I am saying is don't take everything away from yourself at once. It's okay to keep those small things that you crave and miss and add them to your routine.
Listen to music
I have always been a avid music listener. In my toughest times I turn to music because I feel like songs can bring out emotions that words seem to fail at doing. Therefore, music has been such a huge part of my life during this social distancing. I found myself listening to Rita Ora and all her albums because she is one of my favorites. Make yourself a playlist and the best thing is Spotify, Youtube, all allows you to share those playlists with others so you can brighten your family and friend's day with some music you're listening to. It connects us no matter where we are and doesn't make us feel so far away.
Use your Imagination
This may sound odd or like a outplayed Barney quote but it's true. Remember being a kid, having all the time in the world, and being so happy because you could roam around and do whatever you liked. We didn't have the distractions that we do now but life still seemed so beautiful. Bring that inner child back out and allow them to explore things in a new way. In my blogging job I am constantly using my imagination and that is one of the reasons why I love it so much. In photos, when I am capturing content I constantly have to look at things in a different way so I use this 'other' way of thinking constantly. Unleash your creativity and immerse yourself in something that brings out the colors in your world. If you have that hidden hobby that you've always wanted to explore do that. If you're a hidden singer and always wanted the world to know, film yourself and share it with others. This is your time to focus on yourself and your creativity and allow it to soar.
I am not the best cook, we all know this, so as normal I usually eat out maybe once or twice a week. We all know it's been a tough time for everyone, especially restaurants. Therefore, it's our job to step up and support one another. If you have that favorite restaurant you love going to support them by ordering take out. For me my favorite German restaurant Laschets is something my husband and I love visiting. Therefore, we ordered them the other day and got to feel that sense of normal as we ate our comfort food. Another fabulous place is Racine Plumbing, not only do they have great food but alcoholic beverages as well. Order local and at the places that don't usually get a lot of traffic because those are the families, staff, and local businesses that truly need your help.
I know this has been a tough time for everyone, believe me, it's been quite tough for myself as well. However, we are all in this together. No one is ever fully alone. I hope this tips help you as much as they help me. Remember, to smile and stay positive. You are never alone.
Until next time love bugs,