With many of us working from home, feelings of cabin fever may be beginning to set in. Hopefully some of these activities will help make your work day, or weekend, feel a little more bearable as we stay home and practice social distancing. To those considered essential personnel and don’t have the option to stay home (healthcare workers, air traffic controllers, pilots, and everyone else), THANK YOU!!!
1. Try out something new in the kitchen
Spending time in the kitchen with loved ones, or solo, can be incredibly therapeutic. If you’re working from home, take advantage of this time by trying out a new recipe, for example, something you’ve always wanted to make but haven’t found the time. Whether you have an at-home office, or you’re working from the couch (like Dylan and myself (hello back pain)), it’s important to give yourself a mental break and switch up your environment (even if it’s just to the kitchen!).
I want to see what all of you are making- post a pic to your social media account and make sure to tag me!!
2. Get outside
This one seems pretty obvious, but often we forget just how important it is to both our physical and mental health to get some fresh air and vitamin D.
Working from home makes it easy to get into a routine of: work, eat, Netflix, sleep, repeat; this routine is the culprit of cabin fever. Next time you take a break, do it outside! Walk your dog. Take a walk by yourself. Go on a bike ride. Grab your lunch, head to your backyard (if you’re lucky enough to have one) and eat on a picnic blanket! If you’re leaving your house or apartment, of course, don’t forget to practice social distancing!! At least SIX feet of personal space people!!
3. Game night
4. Spring cleaning
Have you cleaned your blinds, your shower grout, or underneath your fridge recently? No? Me neither. Spring has officially sprung, so let’s get cleaning! Stay tuned for upcoming posts on my spring cleaning tips & tricks!
5. At-home workout
How lucky are we that, with a quick Google or YouTube search, we have access to hundreds, maybe thousands, of workouts that can be done in the comfort of our own home?! Whether you enjoy yoga, pilates or HIIT workouts, there are so many options available online.
If you’re looking for a free option, a quick online search of your favorite workout should do the trick! Another free option (I LOVE this idea) is to set an alarm for every hour of your work day (e.g., on your Alexa, Google Home, or even your phone), when it goes off, stop what you’re doing and do 1 round of 3 exercises! For example, once every hour from 9am-5pm do 15 pushups, 15 sit-ups, & 15 jump squats. I got this idea from a friend of mine, and it’s so simple, but genius!
If you’re looking for a more structured workout routine, there are also apps and at-home programs available for a monthly fee. My personal favorite is the Sweat app; I’ve been using this as my primary fitness routine for the past two years! It’s a killer workout that can be done at a gym or at home. Additionally, many small businesses (such as fitness studios) are offering online fitness classes for a small fee; my pilates studio (MNT Studio) is offering 50 minute barre/pilates classes for only $10 each! If you can, don’t forget to support your favorite studio or small business so that when this is over and our lives head back to normalcy, they will still be there ❤ .
6. At-home spa day
If you’ve been working hard at work or working hard at home, you deserve a day of self-care. Here are some of my favorite ways to have an at-home spa day:
- Cleanse your skin and give yourself a steam facial treatment using this
- Throw on your fav face mask, mine is Mega Mushroom Relief and Resilience (Origins)
- Treat your hair: Either deep condition it or put on a mask
- Take a bubble bath… maybe even pour yourself a glass of champagne!
Voila! Relaxation achieved 🙂