Wow what a complete difference a month make, a week, a day! The world is completely altered due to the coronavirus. Having positive energy as much as possible and keeping my ass inside is how I’m trying to get through this. The key word is trying. Since I’ve been home a whole lot more, I’ve been doing some homewerk. These are the few things that have been helping me at this crazy time.
Get rid of junk
I have a lot of items, that no longer serve me any purpose any more. I have some that never showed purpose in the first place. This is still after I did some purging, not too long ago. I realized I got some more purging to do. There is some old makeup, that I’m not wearing at all. It needs to go. It is just collecting dust. I went to put on a shirt, just yesterday and the strap was broken. Since the shirt was already ill fitting in the first place, it had to go. Broken, torn down pieces are not welcome here.
Two challenges are to throw away (or donate if possible, during this time) one thing a day. The other is to take ten minutes to declutter. Set a timer and do it. This is a good start to get into a routine. Clutter is not cool and right now is not the time for it. Clutter makes me lose my focus on trying to relax. Since we at home a little more, do any of else need excessive clutter?! Okay, the truth is we never needed clutter.
At the beginning of the year, well after my birthday month festivities, (Jan 2), I vowed to cook more at home. I had no idea I will get my wish, in this way. Home a lot more, means that I have to cook a lot more too. I do have to eat. I no longer have the luxury of dining at one of my favorite restaurants, whenever I feel like it. I cannot wait to have a seat at one of these restaurants again., though. If I had a craving for any food, I will get it. I mean, I’m a foodie and do travel for food. Now, some of my favorite spots, are not even doing delivery since we are not in close proximity of each other. So, I have to cook more. I had to become more creative with dishes. Before, I mainly cooked some of the same foods over and over and over again. That’s cool, but that gets old fast, when the restaurants are not an easy option to add that variety. I have been getting inspiring ideas from Instagram, myself and YouTube. I heard a lot of things about air fryers, but I still do not have one. I want one, so probably will be getting that soon. Cooking is a creative outlook, so it is all good. I actually feel positive when I am cooking, because hell I know what’s in the food. I find that cooking is also keeping me calm.
When you do not feel like cooking, um grab that blender. I’m creating different salads, smoothies and juices too.
Train like an Athlete
Okay, So I am not training like Serena or anything. (Love her) What I am doing, is making sure I get in planned (mainly) daily exercise every day. This includes maybe a day of getting in some stretching. I am setting up a workout routine for the week. Just like an athlete, having goals and sticking to them. When I do say like a boxing routine, by a professional boxer, that makes me feel athletic and strong. I have always worked out at home, but now it is not just fluff. You guys, I am able to do longer workouts now, because of obvious reasons. I aim for 30 to 45 minutes a day. Some days it’s an hour. During hour workouts, it is not on one focus. I break it up into different workouts. If I need something a shorter workout day, because I’m not feeling well, or something, I do some quick yoga. That works for me. YouTube have been saving my ass. They have all kinds of good workouts of there! I know some of you guys, can just do a routine without any trainers and be good. I have always needed a trainer or a class to get me going. So YouTube, is my class and trainer. I’m a walker, but I’ll be doing solo walks for whenever I need a little fresh air. No hour walks for me, just 10 minutes. I see a lot of people jogging too, whatever works for you. Training your body is an easy self-care tip.
No Damaging Social Media
I got to look at less of my Facebook newsfeed for sure. I know that the coronavirus is driving us insane. It is scary as hell! It is also depressing to constantly go on the newsfeed and constantly see stories related to the virus. Some of the stories are downright myths, and is overwhelming. It is best to go to a real source for accurate information. It’s not being ignorant not to always want to see everything related to the virus, just for our own sanity. I had to unfollow some fools on Instagram too. This one person said, the virus is a blessing. I know she meant spending more time with her family, but I just did not like the original message. She stopped the comments from posting, but did not take down her post. When thousands of people, losing their jobs, and worried about how they going to eat, that’s not a blessing. I cannot control what people post, but I do not have to follow their ass neither.
Right now watching cartoons, such as “Teen Titans Go” have been making me laugh and finding humor. My friend Janell made it clear when she said this on my newsfeed “Can you please stop talking about coronavirus, shit, man
Take showers. Do you want to be funky and bored or clean and bored? Pick one. My shower routine has not changed, simply because I do not want to be stinking in my house. Sometimes I even put on a little perfume to boost my spirits. Let’s keep it feminine.
I’m still a big believer in a spa treat. You could put on a mask while you are cooking, reading, or whatever it is. I’ve been masking it, while I’ve been catching up on reading some book. These are books I been supposed to have read. Turns out, now I got the time and no excuses.
Guys, this is a stressful time. I am practicing gratitude. This is the time to count all blessings.
There is nothing wrong with talking to someone. I take therapy bi-weekly. It is done through video. This is the new normal.
Share, what’s helping you to maintain some positive vibes in the house.