Social distancing may be new to extroverts, but some of us introverts have been training for this our whole lives! Here are our 10 best tips for making your time at home wonderful:
1. Keep your daily routine
When you’re staying home all day, everything can start to blend together. You start playing video games on Monday night, and the next thing you know it’s Wednesday morning (but your Animal Crossing island looks amazing).
Keeping your daily routine consistent can help break up your days so that you don’t accidentally spend 30 hours in a virtual world. Try to wake up at a set time, put on real clothes, eat breakfast, and function on as normal a schedule as possible. At the end of the day, getting in your coziest outfit and vegging out will feel that much sweeter. After all, you earned it!
2. Make your space delightful
You’re going to be at home for a while, so do what you can to make your home a little oasis! Surround yourself in action figures you love, yummy-smelling candles, and anything that will make you smile. You’ve probably been waiting for an excuse to treat yourself, and we’re giving you full permission!
If you want to keep spending to a minimum, look in your storage for trinkets you used to love. If it’s been a while since you’ve seen them, you might have forgotten how fantastic they really are!
3. Get active!
Sitting around all day never feels good, so when you start to feel sluggish you might try a DANCE PARTY! I mean, now is certainly the time to dance like nobody's watching. Literally no one is. 💃
If you’re feeling too down to dance, that’s totally understandable. Try doing a tiny little workout to get your blood pumping. Even a few jumping jacks might have you feeling better in no time!
4. Make an amazing playlist
Remember when you used to have to commute? You’d be sitting in your car wishing you had an amazing playlist to listen to. Well, guess who has all the time in the world to make the best playlists ever? Try curating the perfect songs to dance to, sing along with, help you chill out, or remind you of your childhood. Future you will definitely appreciate it!
5. Rekindle your love of reading
Get it? ReKINDLE? That pun was very intended.
You will eventually run out of things to watch on Netflix, and it’s not like they have infinite Tiger Kings up their sleeves. Where are you going to turn then? You should try some old school reading. If you haven’t read a book since To Kill a Mockingbird in high school, you’re really missing out. I mean, reading a book is like watching TV in your head. You’re going to love it.
6. Take breaks
When you’re at home all day, you need something to look forward to during the day. Set a few break times for yourself to do something you love! Traditional coffee breaks are fine, but what about a tea break? A dance break? A STARING INTO YOUR CAT’S BEAUTIFUL EYES BREAK??? Definitely something to look forward to.
7. Resist binge watching
Time for some tough love. Watching every episode all in one sitting isn’t actually the best way to go. If you have a new show that you can’t wait to see, limit yourself to one (or two) episodes a day. The amazingness will last much longer, and you’ll have something to be excited about all day long!
8. Try some delicious new food
Gordon Ramsay isn’t going to be bursting into your kitchen anytime soon, so now is the time to experiment with some fun new recipes. If there’s a dish you order every time it’s on the menu, see if you can perfect it. We bet you can even make it better than a restaurant!
If you want something quick and easy, check out our Snack Hacks! They’re all 3-ingredients or fewer and require no cooking whatsoever. That’s right, eating Nutella straight out of the jar isn’t your only option. (But it’s still a great option 😋)
9. Unlock a hidden talent
Sure, you’re stuck at home, but you could come out of this thing with a brand new skill! You could be the next knitting ninja, but your powers just haven’t been unlocked yet. If there’s a hobby you’ve always been curious about, order some crafting supplies and get started. There’s never going to be a better time!
If crafting isn’t your thing, try learning a language. We know how much you miss talking to people, so just imagine all of the new people you’ll be able to talk to when you speak another language. So many new friends!
10. Video chat with the people you love
Everyone is feeling a little (or a lot) isolated right now, so reach out to friends and family to keep in touch. It’s really easy to forget when you’re busy with other things, but your phone call could really make a difference in someone’s day. Even texting an acquaintance could make their day--and they could be your future best friend!
Thank you to our amazing fans for sending us your introverted ideas!
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