“Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away. Now it looks as if they're here to stay oh I believe in yesterday”. -The Beatles
If you’re like me, Yesterday by The Beatles has never rung truer. I wish I took my car in for that annual check up when I had the chance, and scheduled a haircut before all the salons shut down. It’s easy to feel frustrated and scared at the moment. But, that’s not what life is about. In fact, it’s the opposite. In times like these, we must be stronger than ever.
So, if you’re like me and enjoy scouring the internet for ideas to spice up the day-to-day routine, you’re in the right place. I’m here to give you tips on how to make the MOST out of your social distancing routine! So let’s get started:
1.Surround Yourself with Positivity
I made this number one because GIRL (or BOY), it is not going to be easy. I know many are grappling with lost jobs, wages, and stability. A simple and easy step to regaining your optimism is your environment. Place at least one item near your bed, closet or a private location to remind you of your potential and drive. After all, you are the captain of your dreams!! I did so by bringing back an old letter board to make me smile. It doesn’t have to be full of inspirational quotes, as long as it brings you to a place of happiness and peace.
2. Coordinate a Home Date Night
For all my parents and young couples out there, it IS possible to try something new all while
being at the comforts of your own home. I recommend a stay-home picnic, fully detailed with a blanket, chocolate covered strawberries, prosciutto, champagne, and more. Make sure to put the kids to sleep and take some time setting up your space. I’m talking about moving the couches back, creating a charcuterie board, pouring some drinks, laying down a blanket/pillows and spraying some perfume. It’s truly magical when you can transform a common space into something totally unexpected. Your partner will be awestruck and the night will go from there.
3. Watch Great Content
I don’t mean to brag, but this is where I shine. I am more than happy to recommend great
shows, podcasts, books, YouTube channels, movies and documentaries to pass the time. If
you’re a Hulu queen/king check out:
- The Miserable Index (Game Show)
- I Married a Spy (RomCom)
If you’re a Netflix hoe/player check out:
- Locke and Key
- Ugly Delicious
- Great British Cook Off (Cooking Show)
If you’re a YouTube nerd/nerdett check out:
- Stephanie Harlow (True Crime)
- Try Guys (Without a Recipe Series)
- Special Books by Special Kids (Interviews with All Types of Abled Individuals)
- Hyunee Eats (Mukbang)
- Hyram (Skin Care)
4. Commit to a Routine
I’m not gonna lie, commitment IS the hardest part -- it’s a tale as old as time. However, now you have more time than ever. Therefore, I challenge you to put it to good use. I personally am taking up a 21 Days Exercise Challenge, click here if you wish to join me!
Although, it doesn’t have to be exercise. It can be knitting, playing an instrument, anything you are passionate about. This is the time to be brave and try something new, even if you’re scared of failure. To be honest, I’ve been there plenty of times and I’m here with you this round. Let’s come out of social distancing better than ever!!!!
This article was written by Salina Arredondo