Life as we know it is looking pretty different these days, with everyone self-isolating at home or at least social distancing. Restaurants, bars, gyms, and all non-essential businesses have been shut down. Most people are working from home if they are able to work at all. We still don’t know if this will last two months, or four, or six, or even longer.
After a week of adjustment, it’s time to start talking about how to build a healthy and sustainable lifestyle in this new environment. Here are some ideas for how to make the most of your time.
START A CREATIVE PROJECT
Have you been wanting to improve your sketching skills? Perhaps learn photography? Learn how to do woodblock printing or hand-dye textiles? A lot of these materials, if you don’t have them already, can be ordered safely online. Now is as good a time as any to take on that creative endeavor that you have always been intrigued by! Exercise a new part of your brain - it's good for productivity as well!
LEARN TO COOK, OR TRY NEW RECIPES
With restaurants being overwhelmed and us having unprecedented time on our hands, it truly is the best time to improve cooking skills or take on a challenging or time-consuming recipe.
Not sure where to start? For beginners, we love How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman (there is also an app available.) Other great (and free) resources at minimalistbaker.com, https://blog.myfitnesspal.com/recipes/, and bonapetit.com!
Already love to cook? Start collecting and trying out new recipes. We especially love those that are full of colorful veggies and anti-inflammatory ingredients like turmeric, ginger, garlic, and cinnamon.
So many busy New Yorkers only take the time to read while commuting on the subway. You have your commute time back and much more time to yourself when you might normally be out socializing. Cozy up on your couch with your reading list and take advantage of having this time. Many booksellers are still selling online and there are also tons of book-reading apps available!
Make your space that much more comfortable to be in by doing a deep clean. Whether you are using the Marie Kondo method or just a general purge and deep clean, you will get a head start for when life goes back to normal and feel much more refreshed at home without all the clutter.
It's also a great time to start any home projects you've been wanting to do. You can propagate and repot your plants, hang some shelves, or reorganize your kitchen!
While you may not be able to go to the gym or participate in team sports, there is so much you can do at home with limited equipment or your own body weight. Follow us on instagram, where we will be sharing some of our favorite at-home workouts and mobility routines, take an online yoga class, or even go outside for a run or bike ride (preferably do this by yourself, but if you do run or bike with a friend, it should be someone you live with.) Plus, don’t forget that we are offering Virtual Personal Training Sessions as well as free 30-minute home consultations and Fitness Assessments.
CATCH UP ON MOVIES
I, for one, don’t usually watch much Netflix, so the past week has been a great opportunity to catch up on some of the great films that I’ve missed like Marriage Story, Jojo Rabbit, and Little Women. Find your new binge watch on Netflix or HBO, or check out Criterion Collection for some old classics! It’s OK to enjoy having more downtime than usual.
HAVE VIRTUAL DATES WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY
Video conferencing is being used more than ever and it’s a great way to stay connected to family and friends without feeling like you’re completely socially isolated. Set up a daily coffee meet up or happy hour with the friends that you normally see, schedule check-ins with your workout buddies to hold yourselves accountable, or catch up with an old friend that lives out of town or that you haven’t seen in a while. Just because we are social distancing, doesn’t mean we can’t still find ways to socialize.