I’m going to start this blog post the same way I’ve started every text for the past month: isn’t this crazy?! Collectively, we’ve had the rug pulled out from under us and we’re getting used to this new, but temporary, way of living. Remembering that this is temporary helps so much because this too, shall pass. Of course being stuck in my studio apartment alone can be daunting, but it’s so easy compared to the work our frontline healthcare and essential workers are doing, and I am forever grateful for the brave and incredible work these absolute heroes are doing.
Whether it’s cooking or something else, now’s the time to do the things you don’t always have the time for! Start the show you’ve been dying to watch, catch up with friends on FaceTime or Zoom, dive into a book (most libraries allow you to borrow books on your e-readers!), explore different at-home workouts! I’ve been doing a million squats a day and panic ordered a stationary bike. We are all handling the stress differently and I guess mine manifested in now having a stationary bike in my studio apartment. Get some delicious takeout or delivery from a local spot and support small businesses. I’ve been getting delivery on Sunday nights and I spend Monday-Saturday looking at menus deciding where I’m going to order from. Now is the perfect time to practice self-care. Stay in cozy clothes that make you feel good! Stretch your body because you are moving around less. When I’m done writing I’m going to lean against a wall and use a tennis ball to massage the knots in my back (don’t tell my chiropractor). Create a skincare routine and stick to it. It’s not even 9pm and I already have my Romer Treatment Mask on. Sleep as much as you humanly can. Hydrate! Do all of the things we far too often put on the back burner.
The world is a little uncertain right now and we are being called to stay home, so while you’re home, make the most of it! There’s nothing wrong with exploring what comfort means to you in this time! We’re all in this together and there’s so much comfort in that alone, but if I never have to wash another dish again, it’ll be too soon.