Keep CALM and Carry On.
These are strange times, folks. We're social creatures by nature, so staying isolated can be seriously trying - especially when there’s a good amount of fear and trepidation about the future floating around. Well, we can’t, unfortunately, tell you what’s going to happen, but we CAN give you some tips on how to make your social distancing or quarantine a bit more tolerable.
Turn off the news. Seriously, turn it off. I’m not saying to not be informed, but if you’re hanging out at home with the news on 24/7, you are consciously and subconsciously getting bombarded with negativity, and that can really take you to a dark place. Sign up for a daily news summary to stay informed (just about every major news outlet has one, so take your pick), and turn off the talking heads. You’ll immediately feel the boost.
Get ready in the morning. There’s a mental shift that happens when you change from your PJs to your work clothes, and that mental shift is now more important than ever. We’re not saying you have to go and get all business profesh, but get out of your pajamas. Put a brush through your hair. If you’re into makeup, put on a little makeup. You’ll be amazed how much more productive you’ll be.
Move it. Exercise can do SO much for you, both mentally and physically, so however you can, get a little sweat in. There are thousands upon thousands of workouts available on Youtube, and through apps like Openfit, Aaptive, and Peloton that you can do at home with little to no equipment. If a dedicated sweat sesh isn’t your thing, try scheduling 5 minute exercise breaks in your day. Do short bursts of situps, pushups, chair dips, jumping jacks, or burpees throughout your day. You know you’re already wearing your leggings...get to it!
Stay Connected. Chances are, everyone you care about is feeling just as isolated as you are, so reach out! It might not be in person, but you can get your people fix easily by calling a friend, checking in on a loved one, or scheduling a virtual happy hour with your weekend crew and sharing a cocktail or two (or three…).
Learn Something New. You’ve got time on your hands, so why not put it to use learning how to do something new. There are countless companies and apps that make it easy and affordable to broaden your horizons. Here’s a few of our faves:
Duolingo - learn that new language, so once it’s safe to travel again, you can jet off to a foreign land and live like a local.
Linkedin Learning - Want to beef up your resume? Take classes in web development, graphic design and other valuable business skills to help you snatch that fat raise.
Masterclass - You want to learn barbecue from Aaron Franklin, learn photography from Annie Leibowitz, or learn writing from Malcolm Gladwell? Sound like a pipe dream? It’s achievable with Masterclass. Online classes taught by the people at the absolute top of their game.
Codecademy - Want to be a tech billionaire, but didn’t start hacking as a kid? Start here. Codecademy teaches you the basics of coding for free!
Eat Well. We're all about that #snacklife too, but solid nutrition is more important than ever. Not only does proper nutrition make you feel better, both physically and mentally, but it helps keep your immune system in peak form.
Tackle the big things. All of those things that you just didn’t have the time to do, well, the jig is up. We’re talking about those books that double as doorstops (we’re looking at you, Infinite Jest), and those insurmountable recipes (hello, cassoulet), and finally, FINALLY, organizing your closet. Who knows? You might even find joy in it, which brings me to my next item…
Find Joy. Find something that brings you joy. Every day. It doesn’t matter what it is, but find something that brings a spark of happiness to your day. Tending to your plants, watching your kids read, a spotless bathroom, a cup of tea, a yoga break, a glass of wine - whatever it is that makes your heart sing and is accessible to you, indulge in it.
Have an attitude of gratitude. Yes. This is a tough time. It’s an exceptionally rough time for folks who are directly impacted by this. If you’re able to keep your income, and you’re staying healthy, consider the alternative. Even if you are sick, or lost your income, try to focus on what you do have. Family, friends, support, cats, your favorite cardigan, access to a functioning bathroom, whatever you’ve got. Focusing on what you’re thankful for keeps you in a positive mental state, and that is critical right now.
In these uncertain times, it’s more important than ever to live with awareness and to keep tabs on how you and your loved ones are feeling. Remember, we’ll all get through this, together.
Keep CALM and Carry on.