Over the last few weeks all of our lives have been significantly impacted by COVID-19 in ways that none of us could’ve imagined.
- Many of with the exception of those who are considered essential workers were asked to work from home until further notice.
- Retailers temporarily closed their doors, no one can sit down and eat inside restaurants, grocery stores have changed their shopping hours and limited the amount of customers that can come in at a time, and the majority of states asked residents to shelter-in-place.
- Should anyone go out in public (for essential needs only), people are advised to stand 6-feet part from one another, put on a face mask, and wear gloves.
- Lysol spray has become an urban legend, toilet paper sales have skyrocketed through the roof, and brands you wouldn’t have ever expected like LVMH and Anheuser-Busch InBev have decided to cash-in on creating hand sanitizer due to its high demand.
With all this taking place, social distancing went from voluntary to mandatory REAL QUICK. I won’t lie, it hits different not being optional! That said, it can easily feel a bit overwhelming and I wanted to offer 8 things to do while social distancing. Y’all ready? Let’s go get em! *Beyonce* voice*
Nestle up with a good book.
One of my favorite quotes about books says, That’s the thing about books. They allow you to travel without moving your feet. I couldn’t agree more, and it’s exactly what we need during this time. A few reads that I highly recommend are:
Take an online course.
I’m not sure if you’ve noticed but a number of businesses have offered free courses. Here are a few that caught my eye and I wanted to put on your radar:
Courses helpful for digital creators and small businesses with an online presence:
Participate in an IG Live Workout.
The truth is IG Live has been my saving grace in helping me maintain my personal wellness goals, because has it allowed me to feel a part of a fitness community while staying safe in my own home. Here are my top picks for IG workouts during this time:
- Hannah Bronfman
- Healthy Hood Chicago
- MNDFL Meditation
- Self Magazine
- SLT NYC
- Y7 Studio
Organize your space/Tie up loose ends.
You know that home project that you’ve always wanted to do, but just never got around to tackling? This is an ideal time to give it some attention.
Prior to social distancing, I had a laundry list of things to do around the house that included re-organizing my closest, deep cleaning my bedroom, replacing my damaged drying rack, and the list goes on. Given that social distanced has required me to slow down and stay inside, this gave me time to check these items off my list, which feels really good!
Get your financial house in order.
Now more than ever is a great time to re-assess your personal budget! Hopefully there are a number of expenditures that you’re saving money on due to social distancing, and I’ve found this to be a great time to pay bills, increase my 401K contribution, and save. One of my favorite financial educators if you’re looking for a place to start is The Budgetnista.
Start that passion project.
If you’re thinking about starting a passion project there is no better time to start than now. Granted, this is my personal opinion even if we weren’t social distancing, because I truly believe that! However, with some additional time to yourself this is a great time to do that brainstorm with a trusted group of peers, write that business plan, or scheduled a 15 minute chat with that small business consultant in your network.
Write a loved one a handwritten note.
While a lot of us are not in love with the idea of quarantining in our homes, I do think this is a moment that each of us will look back on one day and say wow I lived through a pandemic. As a keepsake, I think it would be cool to have a handwritten note to creatively capture this moment in time.
Attend a virtual party or live DJ Set.
Y’all these are so cool, my favorite thing to do is stop by Club Quarantine and get the good times going with D Nice.
Host a virtual Happy Hour or Wine Night.
This is a fun way to connect with your family and friends, especially people like your close co-workers or peers that you were used to seeing more often than not.
Attend a virtual conference, summit or event.
I’ve been amazed by the number of events that have been offered! They are an excellent way to stay connected and hear from individuals that you may really admire during this time. Here are some brands that have offered events that I’ve really enjoyed:
- Aerie (daily IG Live events)
- Create and Cultivate Money Moves Digital Summit
- Essence Wellness House – A Virtual Summit
- XONecole (IG Live Events)
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