We've now been at home for about 5 weeks and we're all having to come up with coping mechanisms and ways to stay sane while stuck in the house. I had a few really rough days, but have been doing a lot of reflection and figuring out the things that work for me. Below are my top tips of ways to pass the time and not feel like you're absolutely lost.
I use monthly Silk & Sonder planner/journals. This month the theme was vulnerability, which really hit. I like having prompts to follow and love that there's a mood tracker. I also will write down things I'm thankful for or just write off of silly creative prompts I find online. When it doubt, write it out!
2. A Good Phone Game
I love playing Best Fiends! The colors are bright and vibrant, they have new challenges every week, it works my brain, and I'm obsessed with collecting characters. (My favorite is Ru - she's adorable and who doesn't love a double blast?!). I love competing against my friends and seeing who can pass the most amount of levels in a week. You can make it a fun social thing and a way to feel connected with your friends. We're all in this together! Annnnd you can download the game for FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
**Best Fiends is a sponsor of our podcast, but this is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own!**
This was hard for me the first few weeks. We had been going to the gym everyday and I was working hard with my trainer and then *BAM!* no more gym! I started doing Beachbody on Demand workouts again (one of our other amazing podcast sponsors! Text WINETHIRTY to 303030 for a free trial month!) and bought a stationary bike for our house to get some more cardio in. When I don't exercise I definitely feel more anxious. I'll be posting a super bomb workout playlist this week - so watch out!
4. Making Bath Time an Event
Adding bubbles, a glass of wine or sparkling water, a good book, and a candle can really elevate bath time and make it feel like you're doing something special for yourself - and you are!
5. Experiment in the Kitchen
This is the perfect time to try a new dinner recipe or find a new way to consume your morning coffee (whipped, anyone?). I've been trying to try some new ethnic recipes. Thai Noodle Soup was super easy and a hit! When we order out we've also been trying to be more adventurous. Try a new Indian food dish or an African soup. You may find a new favorite.
6. Listen to a Podcast
Aside from our podcasts, I really enjoy listening to LadyGang, Not Too Deep with Grace Helbig, Your Favorite Thing with Wells and Brandi, and Mouthing Off with Olivia Caridi. I love podcasts that make me feel like I'm hanging out with friends.
7. ZOOM with your family
We have done several ZOOM brunches with the different branches of our family and it's so refreshing to catch-up and see everyone's faces at once. Not only is this great for you, but for your family members. I know my grandparents are going stir-crazy at home and don't have any real interaction with anyone. Having ZOOM calls allows them to actually see faces other than their own.
What have been your favorite ways to pass the time? Send me a Tweet at @linelizabeth89 with what helps you keep your cool!