Spring 2020 bucket list - what to do at home to ease your anxiety
As I write this blog post, I am a little bit in disbelief how quickly turned our world into a frightening mess.
If you are also staying home because of the outbreak even though you are young and would probably be okay but don’t want to contribute to the spread, awesome! Me too.
Here are some things you can do to pass the time and to distract your attention.
Daily routine during Staycation
You may already be tired of this, but it is important for your healthy adaptation to stick to a daily schedule.
Get dressed in the morning, have your daily meals, keep your apartment in order.
Try to keep your schedule varied, and stick to it. It’s good to have a predictable schedule of days.
You may have more time now than when you are in the usual rut. Take advantage of this!
Plan your Staycation
Normally staycation means that you stay were you are, and do things you would normally do on vacation or on holiday, but locally. Instead of going somewhere, you spend time in your local area like a tourist. Since 2020 is so extra (an by extra I mean a shit-storm), right now staycation means you actually stay at home and not leaving it.
This blog post will help you avoiding to sit at home in a constant ‘fight or flight’ mode.
Choose experiences that will make it feel like a vacation.
- Make a new, calming daily routine.
- Do things that you’ve never done before.
- You’ve done before, but briefly, and you’d like to dive into it deeper.
Setup Your Environment for a Staycation
Clean your Home
Engage in spring cleaning, clear that clutter, and donate non-junk household stuff. Household clutter can harbor infections, pollutants, and create unhygienic spaces.
Put everything away on your shelves, tables, kitchen countertops, and any other surfaces.
Add new textiles
Find new, fun patterns and color online. Check if you like global, eclectic styles with pops of color and if so, go for it!
Textiles from Morocco or Latin America can energize and brighten any space instantly. They might increase your mood and productivity, too.
Add new pillows
One of the easiest way to make your surroundings more comfy and fun is to add a few, colorful pillows
Add a new rug
Buy a new, colorful, bright, thick new rug. It will elevate the energy of your room, making it more cozy. Walk a lot on it barefoot, lay on it while reading a good book.
Add a hammock
If you have the possibility, put a sitting hammock right in front of your windows. Put pillows in it to make it extra comfortable. It is a perfect place to enjoy the rays of sunshine, to drink a cup of tea, to read or listen to a podcast.
Don’t be afraid of colors. Find new shades you like. Go for gorgeous blues, greens reds, orange, and yellows. Experiment with mix-and-matching patterns, colors, and textiles.
Use wall art.
They not only purify the air but also improve your mood, give positive energy, and make your home feel more homey. I love having plants everywhere.
Light a candle in the morning, light another one before bed. Candles can create a relaxing environment fast.
Set up a workspace
Have an uncluttered, dedicated workspace if you are studying or working from home.
Try to turn a well-lit space of your home to your workspace. Fill it with vibrant colors and plants, as they cultivate positive energy and stimulate creativity.
Pimp up your balcony
Put a bench, a table, rugs, pillows on your balcony. Use string lights and candles. Hang a bunch of plants. Look for ideas on Pinterest.
A few pots or a balcony is enough!
Grow a good luck plant or bonsai tree
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Make a fairy garden
Make a zen sand garden
Make your bed every morning
Things to do during a staycation
Put on clothes that make you feel good, even if you are at home all day
Decorate a blank wall in your home
Picnic on the floor of your room while there is a sunbeam on it
Pop some popcorn and have a movie night
Make a board game with fun activities
Organize and color coordinate your closet.
Declutter your digital space.
Look at old photos (compare family members)
Make a fort from blankets
Feed the birds
DIY new toys for your pets
Make homemade treats for your pets
Camp on the floor of your room – spend a night on a mattress, make roof from bedsheets and put some fairy lights on.
Make a foreign country themed day (watch Youtube videos, visit it of Google Earth, cook or order their ethnic food)
Build something. Build it out of Lego, waffle house, popsicle sticks, whatever you like
Make dream catchers
Learn how to take amazing photographs
Take your DSLR off auto. Turn it to manual and play around. Learn what ISO and f-stop mean and how they affect your photos.
Learn how to edit those photographs like a professional
Learn how to doodle, or paint
Make new pet furnitures from card boxes
Cook something delicious and nourishing for your pets
Make homemade treats for your pets
Research topics that have always interested you
Organize your closet, plan outfits
Things to do during a staycation to calm your mind
Use this daily to do list I made for you. Download it with a right click.
Write down an action plan for your biggest goals
Make a plan for the day
Do one thing a day you have been putting off
Declutter your mind by writing a ‘brain dump’ journal
Watch a motivational Ted Talk
Use your brain – for more than just reading news, do logical puzzles
Find out your Myers Briggs personality type
Donate to animal shelters
Learn something for an hour (pick an online course)
Bring treats to supermarket workers
Learn a new skill
Write a positive review on Yelp!
Create a budget for the year
Start a 30 days of self care challenge
Make a video of your last trip. iMovie is great for this.
Listen to motivational podcasts
Help a neighbor who needs help – it will elevate your mood, too
Leave a five star review online
Comment something sweet on a blog post or Youtube video
Rest. Take a nap
Take a hot shower or run a bubble bath, make a home spa day
Play video games. But know when to stop.
Create a morning self care routine
Create a nighttime self care routine
Invest in a light therapy lamp.
Enjoy a cup of tea in your favorite chair
Use a pillow mist before bed
Call someone and really talk
Try out a self care subscription box
Search for constellations in the sky
Do some funny quizzes
Do a mani-pedi
Enjoy a piece of dark chocolate – it reduces stress!
Try different essential oils
Watch vlogs on Youtube
Gratitude – write down 3 things you appreciate in your life
Online shop and treat yourself to a small gift
Put together a feel-good movie list
Review the day in the evening – what worked, what did not?
Make a list for tomorrow – it helps to clear your mind before you go to sleep
Nourish your body during staycation
Eat fermented foods daily
Drink a big glass of water as soon as you wake up
Bake healthy cookies and decorate them
Try a new recipe
Bake bread from scratch
Make a DIY ice-cream
Make homemade cocktails
Make homemade lemonades (try new flavors)
Meal prep freezer meals
Try to make a meal with only locally sourced ingredients
Invent new dishes from the leftovers – Try to make something completely out of the norm with what you have!
Take vitamin D
Add more fruits, vegetables, vitamins, and proteins to your diet
Let music heal your soul
Listen to Spotify’s new recommended songs for you
Make a playlist for various daily tasks
Make a ‘hygge’ playlist
Move your body during staycation
Do some stretching (video)
Do some at-home workouts
Don't forget to Socialize during Staycation
Don’t forget: keep yourself physically distant from others but no need to be socially distant so keep in touch with family and friends – technology will help!
In the last few days, I’ve been talking more on the phone than usual. That’s fine. Mental support, belonging to others is also very important in terms of stress reduction. So, whatever comes, spend some of your time talking, calling, chatting. Nurture your relationships.
Play board games with your friends, use FaceTime
Write an email or Facebook message to someone you haven’t heard about recently
While you can’t travel now, listen to other countries’ radio stations
Look for good, heartwarming news!
And remember: we are all together in this mess and we will cope with this situation.
Just hang on for a little.
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