A variety of ways to freshen up each day
By Morgan Hannah, Life & Style Editor
It feels like the 3,259th day of quarantine. During these uncertain and scary days, it is not only important to be kind to those around you—it is also essential to show yourself a little kindness. Whether that be taking a hot bath, making your favourite meal, doing an art project, diving into your favourite book, or FaceTiming with your bestie; self-care is truly vital. Validate your feelings and realize that it’s okay to feel whatever you are feeling. Whether that be scared, worried, sad, anxious, frustrated, exhausted, nothing at all, or BORED. Let go of the expectations you had for this summer, because baby, it ain’t happenin’ how you thought it would. But that’s okay! Here’s how to combat being bored during quarantine:
Change your outfits up
Despite what you may have heard elsewhere, don’t give yourself permission to spend each day in your PJs. Get up every day, wash your face (and hands!), and get dressed. Pick out your daily outfits carefully—the same way you would if you were going out into the world to impress. Add a couple of accessories that you’ve been craving to wear—maybe even try on that bold piece in the back of your closet that you hadn’t found the courage to wear. Now’s the time to build up that “I don’t give a fuck” attitude for when the world is ready to reconnect. Not only will getting ready in the mornings every day help with reestablishing lost routines, it’ll be fun to experiment and, essentially, play dress up.
Ever heard of “Quarantine and Chill”? Well, how about “Quarantine and Create”! That’s right, instead of loafing around watching Netflix and snacking all day—which we’re all guilty of, don’t even try to deny it—take a step in the right direction and start something new! Something big! Something exciting and long term! Watch some MasterClasses for example, pay for the advertised package at the end, then actually DO it! Learn a new time consuming skill, create an online business, build a line of luxury clay earrings—you catching my drift? Do something with your indoor time so that when you’re allowed back into the world, you’re upgraded. Become the 2.0 version of yourself!
Take as many online surveys as you can and rack up those PayPal dollars! Each survey won’t pay that much on its own. But, if you’re gonna spend all day sitting on the couch, cozy in bed, or outside on the balcony—you may as well crack a cold one and scroll through the various survey websites to make some passive side dollars. Just really read that fine print before signing up for anything.
Everyone’s got a story to tell, so why not pitch in and tell yours? Write a daily journal, then add some fictional elements if you dare. Create something fun and fantastical that you’re proud of. You’ve definitely got the time for it, so give it a shot! Maybe even try your hand at publishing when this virus clears out and life is a happening again. You might get hooked.
Ever heard of those Buddhist monks that make mandalas out of sand? If you haven’t, they create these intricate designs—spending days and days on every detail. Then, when they’re done, they brush it all away and start again. This is a practice of appreciating the “temporary,” which is what this time of quarantine is in our lives. Similar to the monks, why not take some sidewalk chalk and make a masterpiece that any passersby can enjoy? Then, when the rain comes and washes it all away, you’re left with a blank canvas to start again. Maybe you’ll even make a name for yourself or your neighbourhood. Additionally, your sidewalk art could become a sidewalk gym if you design mini courses! From hopscotch, “follow the line,” “walk like this,” to “hop like that,” there are many ways to create some interactive fun that members of your community can take part in. It’ll be a great way to keep away the “Quarantine 15.”