If you’re practicing social distancing, like I am, I encourage you to not waste this time. I know, it’s not easy and a lot is going on. But there are some proactive things you can do during this time. There’s definitely a need to Netflix and chill, I’m not saying not to relax and binge watch a show or two, but don’t let this time slip past you. We always complain about not having enough time and how we wish we had more time to do this and that. Or perhaps you feel stuck in your relationship, job, or in a rut. Here are some things that can improve your life and help this time pass quickly.
1. Take a free or affordable online course.
There are a ton of classes and courses at your fingertips. For instance, Udemy offers an array of classes that can help you brush up on skills, learn something new, or give you that extra edge at work or on your resume. The best part is most of the courses are broken down into sessions that are just a few minutes long and most are really affordable. I wanted to brush up on my grammar and editing skills and I have been spending just 15-20 minutes a day watching short video clips and doing a quick quiz/exercise here and there. Next, I’m thinking of brushing up on a few programs that I haven’t used since college because when this is all over, I want to give my resume a little muscle.
It’s important that we take a break from scrolling on social media, watching TV, or constantly checking the news especially if you’re feeling overwhelmed. I get distracted easily while doing all of the things I just mentioned and I find myself multitasking instead of relaxing. I’m watching TV while on Instagram and I keep going back and forth from IG and the news. Reading requires your undivided attention. Use this time to do some soul-searching. It doesn’t have to feel like homework. Chose something short and light but something that can improve your life. I suggest: The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz; The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer; The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
3. Pick up a new hobby.
You can watch YouTube videos to learn how to sew, crochet, cook or anything you’ve ever wished you could do. Perhaps you can chose something to learn together as a family if you’re home with yours like gardening.
4. Learn a new skill.
Do you feel stuck at your job or in a rut with your career? Now is the perfect time to learn your way around a new program, application, or technique. What kind of skills could improve your life at work? It can help you snag that promotion, switch to a different position, or help you find a new job. Or perhaps you want to switch careers altogether, now is the perfect time to gain the skills you need to start in a new direction.
5. Work on your five-year plan.
Write out your five-year plan and write down the goals you would like to achieve during that time period. What tools will you need? What steps can you take now? Maybe you want to save more money or move. Make sure to set a budget or a step-by-step plan to help you achieve your goals. Break it down so that each goal is clear and is easier to achieve.
Okay, so this is something even I struggle with. I haven’t mastered it, not even close. But we need to relax and clear our minds now more than ever. Lately I have been listening to rain sounds on Youtube while I’m stretching before I exercise. I try to do this for a few minutes everyday. Whatever sounds encourage you to relax, try giving it a go. You can’t achieve much if you’re stressed out. It’s vital that we take care of our minds and bodies.
Write out how you’re feeling. The things you are looking forward to. The places you can’t wait to visit when this is all over, who you want to see, things you want to. Let it all out.
8. Get healthy.
Now is the perfect time to get fit or stay fit. Don’t forget to get some exercise in. Cabin fever is real. It’s easy to sit around all day but it’s not healthy for your mind or body. There are so many exercises you can do from home. You can even get your kids involved.
We hope this list has given you some ideas to help you deal with social distancing and staying home. We would like to thank all of those who are working during this time to keep us all safe and healthy: Doctors, nurses, essential hospital workers and personnel, police officers, grocery store employees, and so much more. Thank you and we hope you all stay safe.