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10 Ways to Stay Sane During "Social Distancing" AKA a "Staycation"

Most of us are currently stuck inside our homes, but that doesn't mean we have to look at it as a bad thing. We've been told to self-quarantine, but I prefer thinking of this time as a mandatory "staycation". I think if we look at it like that, we can shift our mindset from feeling panicked to feeling relaxed.


To help, I complied a list of things you can do to feel more at ease, calm, and actually enjoy your time "social distancing". I know this can be hard for everyone, especially extroverts, but I'm here for you and have got you covered with some awesome ideas to keep your mind, body, and occupied!


1. Meditate and journal


If you know me, and follow me on Instagram, you know that I recommend this practice regardless of the circumstances. I think this is one of the best ways to calm your nerves, ease any tension, and get stressful or unhealthy feelings out that no longer serve you. I'll be releasing some guided meditations on my personal Instagram (@love.rinal) this week, so check back for those! As for journaling, you can always just start with how you're feeling or what is going on in your head at the moment/in the last week. Physically getting emotions out, that are hard to understand, on to paper helps you release them which lessens your attachment to them and helps you to move forward feeling lighter.


Painting by me

2. Enjoy your hobbies or try something new


This is a perfect time to put your energy towards things that you've always loved to do, but felt like you never had the time to do. For me, I love painting and sketching, but rarely get around to it so I know I'll be diving into that more. If you've never been super into arts and crafts like me, you could take up learning to cook or challenge yourself mentally and try puzzles or sudoku. Playing board games, card games, or group (with whoever you live with) games on your phone is always really fun, too!



3. Have a "date" night


If you live with your significant other or have roommates and can "staycation" together, have a fun night cooking a really nice meal together (Picadillo recipe linked here and video below). You can order delivery from a local restaurant and support their business during these hard times...and always have some wine. Stay in pjs or get dressed up to feel like you're being fancy in your own home! Throw on some music, enjoy a few cocktails, and dance the night away. Who needs to sit in a fancy restaurant or be in a bar when you can have the same vibe in the convenience of your own home! Btw, you can totally still do this if you live alone- enjoy the company of your badass self!


4. Get some fresh air


Open your window and let the fresh, crisp air into you apartment at least once a day. This removes the stagnation in the air and helps to purify the air quality in your apartment. You can also take a walk outside, while distancing yourself from others, and get some sun in your eyes and breath in the fresh air. If you have a dog, this is a nice thing to do for you both- please remember to still take them out during this time (might seem like it goes without saying, but you never know). Being in nature is always grounding and as long as you feel healthy, keep away from groups of people, and sanitize properly, this will serve as a crucial sanity check. A little Vitamin D always cures the soul!


5. Save up for a trip!


Since most places are closed during this time, you'll likely be saving more than usual so why not put some of those savings into a mini fund for a trip down the line! Of course, we're not sure when traveling will be safe again, but collecting some money in a "trip fund" for the future will give you a way to dream about a future vacation and look forward to something! I'm sure you'll be excited when that time comes since right now we're all supposed to remain indoors indefinitely. And whenever we're in the clear to travel again, I can help you curate the perfect "coming out of isolation" trip.


6. Practice self-care


Take a bath, light some candles, do a face mask (or five), paint your nails, or watch some YouTube tutorials on styling your hair or doing your makeup differently. My favorite face mask (green face mask in above picture) items are from Cocokind and Heartspring co., which are both all natural and clean beauty companies.

Cocokind & Heartspring Co. products

7. Read a new book and listen to podcasts


An awesome time to delve into some new books or listen to some podcasts you've been meaning to get around to! Here's some books and podcasts on my list, and comment below with any ones you love. I always love finding out about more!


Books:

1. Girl, Stop Apologizing: Rachel Hollis

2. The Execution Factor: The One Skill That Drives Success by Kim Perell

3. Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

4. You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth by Jen Sincero

5. Big Magic: Elizabeth Gilbert

6. Next Level Basic: The Definitive Basic Bitch Handbook: Stassi Schroeder


Podcasts:

1. Straight Up with Stassi: Stassi Schroeder

2. Manifestation Babe: Kathrin Zenkina

3. The Mind Your Business Podcast: James Wedmore

4. NAKED with Catt Sadler: Catt Sadler

5. The Bitch Bible: Jackie Schimmel

6. Raw Talk with Sheena: Sheena Mannina

7. Ask Amberleigh: Amberleigh Carter

8. Almost 30: Krista Williams & Lindsey Simcik


8. Exercise indoors


Since fitness studios are closed right now, your best and safest way to still stay active is to use online workout classes so you can still get your daily exercise in. My favorite studio in Hoboken, The Bar Method, is offering virtual barre classes. It's the perfect workout to do in your home because all you really need is your own body. And right now, they're offering 14 days for free online! Find out more about their online classes here. If you want to workout on your own, I love doing at home yoga/stretching or going for a nice walk outside.




9. Catch up on TV shows and movies


There's no better time than now to binge watch you favorite shows, catch up on shows you haven't had the time to watch, and watch new movies! There's tons of great content on Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and even TV right now. AKA peak "Netflix and chill" time...c'mon ya'll, we've all been training for this. Let me know what shows/movies you've been loving in the comments below!


10. Call/FaceTime your loved ones


When you really start missing human interaction, make sure you call or FaceTime/video chat your loved ones. We're fortunate enough to be in a time where technology can make you feel like you're with your friends and family, but from a distance. If you don't have an iPhone for FaceTime, Whatsapp has an amazing video chat option for this. You can even watch a show together while on the phone with a friend...I know it sounds odd, but I actually used to do this with friends when I was younger and even my fiancé while we were dating (because of the distance) and it's really fun and makes you feel like you're together!


I hope all my tips help you enjoy this mandatory, yet temporary, "staycation"! Let me know in the comments which suggestions you'll be trying or if I missed any fun ideas, and tag me in your pictures on Instagram so I can see what you are all up to!


But most importantly, please remember to be extra kind and think of the people that may need your help the most. If your neighbors are elderly, please check on them and grab them what they may need while you're on your food/household supplies run. If you can support your local businesses by ordering delivery, buying gift cards (or travel guides) for the future, or taking sessions (workout/therapy etc.) online, please do. This is a confusing time for many and can feel scary and isolating, but times like these always bring us together so remember to show love wherever you can. And above all, just breath...we'll all get through this together.


With love and good vibes,

Ri


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