Keeping Healthy and Happy: Social Distancing Style
This past month has, unfortunately, not been a fire drill and we are ALL feeling it. But now more than ever, it has been so encouraging to know that everyone is experiencing the same thing, collectively. Solidarity and technology has been what has unified a seemingly torn people. How cool is that?
With all that being said, we know you are probably eager to spice things up right about now while maintaining your social distancing. So, our amazing Peace Love Rally community manager, Abi Ferro, created this collection of 10 things to do whilst social distancing:
1. Write a Letter to a Loved One
The art of writing seems to have died in the wake of the clicking keyboard, but now is a good time to revert to old ways and reminisce on sentimentality. Write a letter by hand to a few people you care deeply about and maybe haven’t seen in a long time. Give them updates on your life that go deeper than text slang. Give them love in the form of handwritten thoughts.
2. Learn a new language
Duolingo and Pimsleur have all of the tools you need to begin a new language! If you plan on traveling to a new country down the road, download the app and start learning some of the grammar and common phrases!
3. Throw a virtual dinner party on Zoom
This is by far one of the hot new quarantine trends, and I have to say I have jumped on the bandwagon. In fact, our group of 8 friends spread out all over the country have weekly dinner parties online with drinks and food and come equipped with new life updates, as well as games!
4. Attend and online yoga class
All instructors in the yoga and fitness world have moved to teaching classes online! Take a look at your favorite yoga instructors via instagram to find their online live schedules or go to your local studio’s website! The majority of teachers have moved to the Zoom platform to bring the practice to their students everywhere.
This is such an important ritual to clear the mind. A way to breath life into the body and soul. Clearing all of the cutter and “what ifs” in this strange time. Anxiety can cripple even when the dreaded outcome may never even happen. Take space for yourself. If you are new to mediating, try the Headspace app:
6. Teach others something on social media
Currently, social media is the main outlet keeping people sane, so it’s a great time to showcase some knowledge or skills that are lodged in your head! Everyone is in search of fun educational posts, videos, and blogs- so take the skill you have and make it comprehensive for all those friends on the internet!
7. Start a Gratitude Journal
It supposedly takes 21 days to form a habit and we think Gratitude Journaling should be one of them. Life is balanced out of negatives and positives. Choosing to remain present and grateful is the biggest gift you can give yourself. Choose a journal you love, create a ritual (maybe a cup of tea), and find 5 things you are grateful for every single day. Never use the “busy” excuse as this should take 5 minutes. :)
8. Make a Themed Spotify Playlist
The goal here is to create a brand new playlist with music you have never heard that catches your ear. Go to one of your Spotify artist’s radios and shuffle play to find new music & artists in your favorite genre! One you come across a few good songs, create a whole new playlist. It’s also fun to collaborate with friends on playlists to see what they are listening to.
9. Try a New Recipe
Grab that old cookbook that has been sitting in the pantry forever or hop online in search of some recipes! There are tons of dishes outside your usual lineup that will add some flavor to your day. Popular cookbooks on Amazon right now include “Once Upon a Chef” and “Defined Dish”.
10. Of course watch Tiger King
Everyone in America has watched and or posted about Joe Exotic. If you aren’t in the loop- simply open up Netflix and search “ Tiger King.” Make it to Episode 3 and soon you will understand what everyone won’t shut up about..