This is a very strange and difficult time. Between the number of deaths reported around the world, and having to stay home/isolate/shelter-in-place, it’s easy to lose sight of who you are and what you enjoy.
I’m social distancing, and that means spending all my time inside. Like many of you, I planned to go out a lot, but for now, it’s just not possible. Constantly staying in the house can only be what you make of it, and I’m choosing to do what I love to keep my spirits up. And guess what? It’s working!
Here’s how I’m taking care of myself…
I don’t have anywhere to go these days (with everything closed to fight Covid-19), but I’m still taking care of my face, hair and body. I’m digging through my beauty stash and discovering new and old products that I can use from head to toe. It’s glorious: not only does this act of self-care remind me that my upkeep and wellbeing matters, but it also helps me look ahead to a day when I can emerge from this dark period, refreshed and able to tackle the world again.
Music has always been a large part of my life: growing up, I sang in a choir (as an alto!), played the tuba in high school and took organ lessons. The acoustic and classical guitar are now huge passions of mine, and I’m taking them to the next level by finally learning how to change the strings on my instruments. I mean, it’s time that I learned right? Not changing my guitar strings is like being a Chef who doesn’t cook. It’s unnatural!
3. Cooking & baking
I cook healthier options most of the time, but sometimes you just have to treat yourself. I’ve made apple cinnamon muffins, lemon pound cake, beans and sweet potatoes, turkey meatballs and spinach spaghetti…I’ve had a lot of free time to spend in the kitchen!
4. Home workouts
I’ve done a lot of home Zumba, and I’ve been using my Apple watch to track my progress. It’s important to take physically take care of myself: I don’t want to be Netflix or Disney + potato, I want to move! So I make sure that I’m dancing at least 5 times per week, and it really does set my energy and vibe for the day.
5. Staying in touch
This is obvious, but I had to say it anyway. I’m keeping in touch with my loved ones, and I hope you are too.
How are you staying positive and motivated during this time?