As we all become more acquainted with the idea of social distancing, most of us are spending the majority of our time indoors at home. Working from home, taking over schooling for kids and spending what might have been your previous socializing time inside is a big adjustment. So, here are a few ways to make the most of it.
Jump into your spring cleaning
There’s no time like the present to go full-force into your spring cleaning regimen. With lots of extra time on our hands, why not clean out the kitchen pantry, wipe down the interior of the refrigerator and freezer, go through our closets and deep clean all the spaces from floor to ceiling? The result will be a cleaner and more peaceful space to spend time in.
Designated no-screen time
We already spend a lot of time staring at screens: computer screens, phone screens, television screens – it’s not a new feature of everyday life. However, we tend to do it without thinking while relaxing at home, so it’s important to designate sometime everyday where we step away from the screen. Maybe you replace it with reading time, yoga, meditation, puzzles, games, arts-and-crafts. Whatever it is, scheduling one or two blocks per day will help keep you clear-headed and energized.
Stay in touch
Since we likely won’t be spending time face-to-face with loved ones we don’t live with, it’s important to make sure we’re reaching out so that we can all still feel connected. If you’re one of the many who typically keep in contact via text, now is the perfect time to challenge yourself to break the habit! Let’s bring back phone conversations. Not to mention, video chat is a great way to spend time virtually with friends and family.
Experiment in the kitchen
Now is a great time to try something new in the kitchen. Take a look at what you have available and then do some research to find a fun new recipe. You could even get the kids involved. You’re probably finding more time on your hands, so a new recipe adventure is ideal for when you don’t feel rushed!
It’s so easy to find ways to exercise without going to the gym. Indoors you can head to YouTube for a quick workout or yoga routine applicable for all experience levels. Or, go out for a walk, jog or bike ride. It’s still important to make sure we get outside for a bit each day. Just be sure to follow the guidelines so that we stay healthy ourselves and keep our communities safe.