I don’t know about you, but I’ve been feeling a little under the weather lately. Between new lockdown regulations, quarantining, and the impending fear of catching and spreading COVID-19, my mind hasn’t really been at ease in a while.
Of course, some days are better than others. But I think it’s safe to say that feeling the blues during this time of the year is totally normal and valid.
The holidays are going to look and feel drastically different this year. From not being able to see your family and friends, to not being able to roam around the streets freely, our holiday festivities and plans will not be the same.
However, don’t let that discourage you! I know it’s hard but finding things to do during this time is crucial.
Which is why I’ve created a list of things you can do. I hope you enjoy and feel inspired.
Arts & Crafts
When was the last time you sat down and drew random doodles?
Drawing and doodling is one thing I’ve picked up over quarantine and it feels great! I purchased a small sketchbook and a few different pens and markers at an art supply store and carried these items in my purse every day.
After a while I noticed that instead of reaching for my phone I would reach for my sketchbook and draw random figures, lines, and thoughts. I now look at the evolution my sketchbook has gone through and it’s pleasantly surprising!
I’m not saying that you’re going to become the next Picasso, but it’s fun to rediscover childhood activities and connect with your creative side.
Cooking & Baking
Now that we’ve reached the holiday season, it’s the perfect time for baking and gifting. What better gift to give or receive than some delicious homemade baked goods? Cookies, muffins, cakes, breads — there is so much good stuff out there.
I am obsessed with baking and finding delicious recipes online. Since i’m spending a lot of time at home, I’ve been trying to experiment and try different things in the kitchen. Looking at recipes and blogs for inspiration has been a big help.
So, next time you’re bored or don’t know what to do, why don’t you try baking or cooking something new!? It’s usually a fun activity to do with friends or family members and everyone gets to enjoy it after!
Reading & Journaling
Do you have a pile of books hidden somewhere in your room? Yeah, me too.
Most people are spending more time at home due to increasing COVID-19 cases and stricter lockdown regulations. Reading is a perfect activity that keeps you busy and feeds your brain. When was the last time you actually dedicated time to reading? Start now!
Keeping a book in obvious places like your bedside table, kitchen counter, or home office can become an incentive for you to read.
Journaling is also a wonderful activity that I’ve picked up over quarantine. It definitely takes some effort to set time aside for journaling when I’m constantly distracted by my phone, but it’s always worthwhile. I often look up journal prompts and questions to answer during my journaling sessions. Other times, I just write out thoughts, feelings, questions, ideas, quotes, and inspiration.
I love listening to podcasts at home, especially when i’m feeling lonely or I just want some company! It makes me feel like I am a part of the conversation. There are so many great podcasts out there that are completely free!
I like to listen to podcasts about pop culture, fashion, business, health, sex, and more. Some of my favorite podcasts to listen to are:
- Pretty Big Deal with Ashley Graham
- Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard
- On Purpose with Jay Shetty
- Friend of a Friend with Olivia Perez
- Second Life
- Sibling Rivalry with Kate Hudson & Oliver Hudson
- The Skinny Confidential Him & Her
- Food, Sex, & Money
- Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations
Okay…hear me out. Exercising can be fun when you find something you actually enjoy doing!!!
P.s. dancing counts as working out too!
Nowadays, there are so many workout influencers everywhere. It can be a bit overwhelming at times, but YouTube is an amazing resource if you don’t know where to look. I usually just type in the sort of movement I want to do and then I scroll through different video options.
For example, if i’m in the mood to do something short and soothing, I will search for something like this: “20-minute calming yoga practice.” You can search for different workout videos associated with dance, Pilates, yoga, kickboxing, HIIT, jump rope, etc.
Some of my favorite YouTubers for working out are Heather Robertson for strength training and Tasha Franken for Pilates based workouts. It all depends on how you like to move your body.
Don’t feel pressured to work out! Look at it as a fun activity to do during the day and find something that works for you and your body. Remember, everyone is different!