Okay, so at first, packing my hospital bag for my upcoming hospital visit (AKA labor!) didn’t seem like that big of a deal. But as it got closer, I realized I sorta wanted to bring a lot of things!...
Okay, it’s obviously a weird time in the world, and I needed to share some of the things I’ve done to feel better during quarantine. I know staying at home is totally necessary right now, but it’s also driving me a little crazy! The first couple days of quarantine were almost like a vacation (a high-anxiety vacation, mind you) and I filled my time by completing all the items that had been lurking on my to-do list for months.
Then I started NESTING, and that kept me busy for a few days. This baby girl is gonna be here in 30 days and we are totally ready, which is a great feeling. I can’t express how happy I am that I was already able to celebrate my Baby Shower with my friends and family before we had to quarantine! So to combat the woes of social distancing, here are five things I’ve done to feel better:
1. Bleach the Shower
Okay, okay, I didn’t use actual bleach ’cause I’m preggo, but you know what I mean! Clean your shower, you gross person! I noticed that there were corners of the shower that were starting to look grody (is that how you spell that word?) and I sucked it up and did something about it. Not going to lie, it made me feel a lot better and there’s just something really rewarding about getting into a clean shower at the end of the day.
2. FaceTime a Lunch Friend
I don’t know about you, but eating lunch alone is BORING! So while Brett was on a conference call, I FaceTimed a friend I hadn’t spoken to in a while. Turns out they were just about to eat lunch as well, and we chatted for about 20 minutes. I left the call smiling and ready to get back to work. (If you don’t have any friends/coworkers on FaceTime, maybe it’s a good time to get into online dating again? I mean, everyone is home and you have time…just sayin’!) We all need someone to brain dump on. If phoning a friend won’t make you feel better during quarantine, I don’t know what will!
3. Give the Dog a Bath
My little Chihuahua Tiger weighs 6 lbs. But when he’s stinky, he really smells and yesterday was that day! It took about 7 minutes to get him all soaped up and rinsed off and the end product – his coat is like a stuffed animal and he smells great! I even washed his collar. So basically I have a new dog…so that’s cool. Now, he’s nice and clean in his fancy dog bed.
4. Chat with a Neighbor/Friend (at a Safe Distance)
Let’s be honest, nothing beats good old fashioned REAL human interaction. I think this is something we’ve ALL realized during quarantine. So when my nephew was riding by on his bike, I went outside to talk to him. What a crazy concept! He was a solid 15-20 feet away from me, but it made me feel so much better to hear about what he was up to. Obviously my family lives really close by, but you can probably figure out a way to have a tiny bit of SAFE human interaction in your life.
5. Do Your Nails
Wait, before you write this one off – it made me feel SO MUCH MORE PUT-TOGETHER! Yes, I am admittedly someone who ALWAYS has their nails perfect (it’s just sorta my thing), but I think this applies to most people. If your nails are cut, filed, buffed, and (gasp!) even polished, you just feel better! I actually borrowed a gel light from a friend up the street, already had a gel polish, and was able to convince the nicest lady at Walgreens Pharmacy to leave a gel topcoat for me at the window of the drive-thru to grab with my prescription. Score!
Anyways, these are just a few things that worked for me to feel better during quarantine, so I figured I’d throw them out there in case they might work for you. People are getting real creative during this time! Of course, Ellen has been hilarious to watch. And Jimmy Fallon making shows from his house makes my day. What other things have you done that have really helped you during this time? How how have you kicked the boredom?! Tell me – I could always use more ideas!
And this post wouldn’t be complete without a huge THANK YOU to everyone that’s been staying home during quarantine, but also everyone that’s been WORKING! There are still so many folks who are working around the clock to keep us all safe and healthy – TRUE HEROES! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!