Even though it’s been less than a mere week, we are all starting to feel a little itchy. A slight tingle. The stir-crazy beginnings of cabin fever. Perhaps we’ve been holed up trying to work, but finding our WFH efforts thwarted by distractions … online shopping, picking at your skin (gasp! don’t!), or dwelling on hysteria by waiting for the next heavy news byte. We’re with you.
The power of social distancing this week and the coming weeks is so vital. You’re doing good work, so don’t give up now! But we understand that for most, the isolation is real. It can be easy to spiral, but we encourage you to stay positive during this period and make the most of your time at home.
While there is certainly no need to hoard groceries (just buy what you need for the week, per usual please), we are faced with this problem regardless. We have the opportunity to try some new recipes and hit up our local cultural gems like Indian markets, Korean grocers, Japanese stores, and more to hone our skills in the kitchen and try our hand at making some new, nourishing recipes from what we can get.
Become resourcefully strong
We miss the Megaformer, too. But some time sans workout classes doesn’t mean time sans workouts. Roll out the yoga mat and get to stretching. Log in to Pinterest or YouTube and find loads of free workouts and flows, from HIIT to Pilates, guided dancing, deep stretching, weight training, and more. If you’re low on equipment, you’ll be surprised at how sore (in a good way!) you can get from simple body-weight exercises.
When it comes to setting aside time to work on mindfulness, meditation, journaling, or any kind of spiritual work, let’s face it. There’s always tomorrow. We say, what better time to go internal and get still than a highly encouraged quarantine? When you wake up, don’t reach for your phone and scroll. With the extra free time, it’s super tempting to catch up on what everyone else is sharing, but have faith that it will all still be there in the afternoon. For now, try a mental gratitude list. Light some palo santo. Breathe deep. See if it feels different when you let yourself be here, now. Finally.
If baths seemed time-consuming to you in the past, well, the present is here, baby. Soak your newly sore muscles (from all those body-weight workouts, right?) in some salty baths to boost your magnesium levels and help you relax. Throw in some essential oils, light a candle, and catch up on some reading, soft music, or your favorite shows via iPad—or just lie back and enjoy some quiet. Double cleanse, double mask, cook yourself nourishing meals, and worship at the temple that is your bod. No rush to get out the door.
Consider the planet at large
So you had to cancel that roadtrip. Trust us when we say, a wrench has indeed been thrown into many of our plans as well. But when we emerge from our caves post-forced hibernation, imagine how much cleaner the air will be from far less pollution, especially in large cities like NYC and LA. We can actually take a step outside for a breath of fresh air. Our skin will thank us too.