When you’ve been stuck at home for weeks, watching the news and browsing social media, it’s easy to adopt a negative mindset about what’s currently happening around us. When we don’t have our normal routine, it can set us back both physically and mentally. Gyms, spas and restaurants are closed, kids are home from school and parents are adapting to a new home life. While it might be easy for us to complain about what we CAN’T do, it’s just as easy to find new ways to accomplish things we CAN do. So we’ve compiled a list of ways that you can continue to stay healthy, productive and entertained at home.
We all miss our friends and family, and while nothing quite compares to in-person interactions, there are so many ways for us to connect thanks to technology. Try scheduling in daily or weekly social time with friends or family using FaceTime, Google Hangouts or Zoom. Play games together, start a reading club or simply enjoy a glass of wine and talk about the good things happening in life. You can also take this opportunity to reconnect with someone you haven’t spoken to in a while!
With salons and spas closed and the insane amount of hand washing and sanitizing we’ve been doing, we all could use a little self-care. TenOverTen is a non-toxic nail salon based in NYC and is offering virtual “how-to’s” on nail care, including cuticle care, removing gel nails and shaping. Or you can enjoy an at-home facial. Start by creating your own exfoliant scrub using three simple ingredients: 2 tsp coconut oil, 1 tsp baking soda and ½ tsp of raw honey. Leave on for a few minutes and then wash off with a washcloth and warm water. Next, use a microneedle roller (which you can easily find on Amazon!) and finish off the routine with your favorite facial serum. This will leave your skin feeling soft and refreshed!
During these days of beautiful spring weather, we should remind ourselves to be grateful that this social distancing is happening now and not in the middle of winter, because we are lucky enough to get outside! Just 20 minutes of sunshine a day can have such a dramatic affect on your mood and wellbeing. And better yet, many experts are saying that Vitamin D is effective in strengthening immunity and preventing the virus.
There are still many beautiful parks and hiking trails that remain open during this time. Just be sure to practice social distancing and stay at least 6 feet away from people. And if you are feeling sick, please stay inside until you are better!
Instead of spending time worrying about what’s going to happen next, focus on learning something new so that you come out of this situation smarter!
Have you been wanting to learn a new language? Download Duolingo for free or try out Rosetta Stone, which is offering discounts on their programs. Or maybe you want to learn from some of the best instructors in the world on a variety of topics? Try out MasterClass, which offers comprehensive online classes for anything from cooking to comedy from top industry leaders. Or better yet, support some of your local museums and educational centers who are adapting to this new norm. The Katonah Museum of Art is offering virtual exhibitions and Greenwich Audubon is hosting a virtual birdwatching tour.
For some comical relief, check out The Met Museum’s social media movement, #MetAnywhere where people are recreating masterpieces in their own home. Because “if you can’t see the art, be the art”. Tag @MetMuseum to get featured on their page!
It might be easy to stress eat at this time, but it’s important to stay healthy to keep your immune system strong. One of our favorite online sources for meal prep and health recipes is FlavCity.
But if you’re too busy to cook every night (and most of us are!), here are some of our favorite local restaurants offering takeout and delivery!
When we are busy or stressed, exercising is often the first thing we sacrifice. Many of our local gyms and fitness studios are streaming workouts that you can do anywhere. Some of our favorite places are listed below!
So the next time you’re thinking that this period of social distancing and uncertainty means you can’t do something, we hope that you’ll try one of these new at-home experiences! Take this time to improve yourself so that we all emerge from this period smarter, stronger and healthier. If you have any other ideas or recommendations, please comment below! Because after all, we’re in this together.
Stay safe & healthy!