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Self-Love in a Time of Corona(virus)

Welcome to social isolation and quarantines. There’s nothing you can get at the bar because the bar’s closed. 😦 So what’s a single girl to do to stay sane?

As a lifelong introvert with decades of experience in staying home and being sane, I’m happy to share ways for you to stay connected and engaged while remaining indoors. And rest assured, none of these tips will include a crazy fitness challenge. No shade to those who are participating but this ain’t that.

The planet is collectively stressed out right now with this global pandemic known as coronavirus, or COVID-19, so all of these ideas are rooted in ways for you to stay as grounded and peaceful as possible.

Make a ‘to do’ list. Think of all the things around your place that you haven’t gotten around to doing. I say this as I stare at an Ikea box that has sat in my room for 2 months, unopened. I’m right there with you. Write it all down, even the small stuff like “clean out junk drawer” and fun stuff like “learn to bake cookies from scratch”. The goal isn’t to pressure yourself to get all of these done, it’s to put it all down in one place.

Set up a routine. Seriously, this is probably the one tool that has had the biggest impact on me. Routines are great because they provide stability, which can be extremely calming in an unstable environment. If you’re working from home, your routine should still mirror your in-office work schedule. Brush your teeth daily. Shower daily. Eat meals at around the same time.

Hobbies. Did you discover that your hobbies consisted of going to all the places you can’t go to now? You’re not alone. Tons of people have realized over the last few weeks that the only fun they had was when they were drinking at a bar and grabbing late night tacos. Now’s the time to discover new hobbies. A good way to develop or discover new ones is by finding something artistic, something that comes easy to you, and something that’s challenging to you. For me, this means playing my flute and dancing (artistic), reading (something that comes easy), and teaching my dog new tricks (challenging).

Take online classes. Youtube University hasn’t closed for the semester so you have plenty of time to learn about almost anything. Through coursera, hubspot, Alison, linkedin, and other platforms, you can take certificate bearing classes for cheap or free. Feeling international? Start learning another language using apps like Duolingo or Bosuu. You’ll be a pro by the time it’s safe to travel again. Want to stay fit? Check out videos on Youtube or use apps like Nike or Classpass live.

Stay social. Facetime with friends. Use houseparty. Call your family. If quarantine and social distancing has taught us anything, it’s to not take anything for granted, least of all our family and friends.

Start or maintain a beauty regiment. Stress can wreak havoc on your skin so take this time so adopt a skincare routine that includes having a great cleanser, toner, chemical exfoliant, moisturizer, and sunscreen. Continue to do your nails and feet. Wash and style your hair. You may struggle a bit in the beginning but that’s all part of the learning process.

Maintain your spiritual and mental health. You’d have to be a pretty formidable person to remain completely unaffected by all that’s going on in the world these days. Pandemic, global warming, ineffective leadership, virus, is all the media talks about . And consuming all that information can wear anyone down. Maintain your inner health with the things that matter. Watch your church’s service on livestream. Connect with a therapist via telehealth. Practice meditation daily. Go outside for a walk.

Hope you found this helpful!

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