March 26, 2020
How long have we been self-isolating & social distancing? Five weeks? Two days? Help me to recollect.
(hopefully you chuckled at that if you’ve seen The Lighthouse – a GREAT watch for this time, btw).
Anyway, the reason you’re here: I figured I’d make a fun, non-wedding-photography blog for you all, since I’m sure we could all use some new activities or tips while we’re in our respective homes practicing social distancing and whatnot. I also don’t think there is such thing as too much helpful-ness during this time, and this is definitely going to help ME pass some time. So, let’s get down to biz, shall we.
This is probably the most common tip you’re seeing across social media right now. If you’re not used to working from home, you’re probably – at first – going to totally take advantage of working from your bed, in your pjs, etc. This is great! Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing inherently wrong with using this “opportunity” to chill while you work, but you might find out that it’s sucking the life out of you – but why?
When you don’t establish any separation between your spaces where you relax & sleep with the spaces where you work & hustle, the lines begin to blur, and soon you’ll find out your brain is ALWAYS on. No bueno. So, here’s my advice (since I work from home about 75% of the time):
You’ve probably heard a lot about this recently too, but if you haven’t, let me introduce you to one of the greatest modern inventions: Netflix Party.
What is Netflix Party, you ask? It’s a google chrome extension that syncs 2 or more Netflix accounts and has a chat box, allowing you and your friends/family to watch a movie together all while practicing social distancing! Amazing. I’ve already watched two (fairly mediocre) movies with my friends via this method. Highly recommend.
(And if you have any non-mediocre movies to suggest, I’m all ears. I give Horse Girl & Good Time a solid 5 & 7 out of 10.)
You ever have a hobby or skill you want to get more into/get better at, but you just “didn’t have the time”?
Well, the universe just gave you allllll the time in the world – feel free to take advantage of it.
Before I go any further: I’m 10000% totally against anyone using this crisis to make people feel guilty for not “hustling”. But, if you’re like me and you’re feeling a little bored and stir crazy, this is a GREAT and healthy coping mechanism.
Learning something new or perfecting something you already know is an excellent way to boost your own morale and to pass some time. For example, I really want to get more familiar with Spanish. And Italian. And French. Is it too much to learn? Probably. Is it keeping me occupied and distracting me? You bet.
Solve that rubix cube. Perfect your knitting skills. Finish that painting you started. You got this.
This sort of goes hand-in-hand with the last tip, but allow me to elaborate.
If there is a hobby you once had that you fell out of love with due to time constraints, budget restrictions, whatever it may be, this is an opportunity to get back on that horse and try again (especially if your hobby is horseback riding??).
When I was but a child, I used to do loooots of theater. Every year, I participated in my local community center’s summer workshops & fall play productions. I danced a LOT, and I was pretty good at it.
I’m not as spry as I used to be (I have the joints of a 65 year old at the age of 24), but I’ve been wanting to get back into it. Dancing is a great way to boost endorphins, it’s excellent exercise, and who doesn’t love music?
Do you have any hobbies you used to do that you’ve been meaning to revisit? Let a girl know. I’ll support you. Again – you got this.
Cheesy? Probably. But it’s true, and it’ll help you immensely mental-health wise.
I was just speaking with my younger sister, and I asked her for her input on this subject.
I told her I was struggling, and I wasn’t sure if it was “dumb” to hype myself up to do seemingly medial tasks.
“Why am I making a Spotify playlist just to clean out my closet? Why am I making extravagant dinners? Why should I bother trying to exercise and better myself? The world seems so much bigger than all of these things.”
She told me it’s not only good but it’s also imperative to celebrate little accomplishments and give yourself something to look forward to. If we didn’t have these little things to get excited about, the world would be much darker than it already seems to be.
So, hype yourself up. Make an over-the-top iced coffee at home. Go on a date in your living room with your partner. Have a bonfire in your backyard. Go nuts.
I hope this helps some of you get by during this uncertain time. And for the love of God – stay home, stay healthy, and stay safe.
Bonus: here’s my “Get Hype” Spotify playlist LISTEN HERE & ADD YOUR FAV SONGS!