10 THINGS TO DO DURING SOCIAL DISTANCING

At this point, everyone is getting a little stir-crazy and bored. Even those of us who don't do a whole lot of socializing normally. Once we knew this social distancing thing was going to last for a little while, I started coming up with things to do. Maybe you've already thought of some of these and maybe not. But here are a few things to do while you pass the time. These are things you can enjoy!

1. Read a book: take this time to find an author or type of book you like, and get lost in it. Reading is a great stress-reliever and can take you away from all the things going on in the world. I actually prefer it over watching tv or movies because you can't be on your phone at the same time, so there are not distractions. Just you and your book.

2. Do yoga: There are so many different types of yoga workouts you can do, depending on what your preferences are. You can do practices for relaxation and stress relief, power yoga for a little cardio, or yoga for stretching. Any of these will get you breathing, moving your body, and feeling refreshed. My favorite yoga YouTube channel is Sarah Beth Yoga. She has all kinds of yoga practices and different length videos for you to choose from. 

3. Meditate: meditation is a great way to slow down, breathe, and forget about the troubles of the world. I didn't understand it until I actually did it, but now it's a part of my weekly routine. Even taking 10 minutes a couple times a week to just sit, put your earphones in, and listen to a calming voice telling you to breathe will help you de-stress. One of my favorites is Boho Beautiful on YouTube.

4. Do something artsy or crafty: Whether it's painting, drawing, bedazzling, or gluing, arts and crafts are a great way to pass the time. You could even make something that you can use as home decor when you're finished. There are endless possibilities! I actually just started doing gouache paintings and it's a lot of fun!

5. Go outside: Just sit on your porch and enjoy a cup of coffee, take a nap, or read a book. Sitting outside on a sunny day is relaxing and isn't done enough, in my opinion. Now that a lot of people are working from home, it's also a good opportunity to even sit outside on your laptop and work. 

6. Clean out your closet: Now is the perfect time to get rid of old things you don't need and organize spaces you never had time to before. Messy, cluttered areas can really affect your mentality. Go through one or two areas or containers every few days and make a pile. By the time social distancing is over, you'll have lots of things to donate and your home will be more organized.

7. Deep clean your house: Things like baseboards, blinds, carpets and fans. Take this time to clean those annoying places in your house that get dirty over time. 

8. Learn how to cook or bake new things: since you can't go out to eat at restaurants anymore, take the time to get on Pinterest and find something you can make yourself. It's fun to learn new recipes and when this is all over, you'll be able to continue cooking for yourself and save money doing it. Baking is another great option. Who doesn't need a little chocolate to get through the days, lately? I have some great dessert recipes saved on our Pinterest page!

9. Workout: Now is the perfect time to get in the habit of working out. Not only will you get in the routine, but you will also get stronger, maybe loose weight, and decrease your stress levels. You now have the time to try out new things and find the workouts that you actually enjoy. You can find so many on YouTube. My favorite trainer on YouTube lately has been Bailey Brown. She even has a lots of 5 minute workouts that you can feel, but they won't kill you.

10. Pray: Now is a great time to get in the routine of daily prayer. It doesn't have to be a long one. Even just saying a small prayer in the morning and then taking a little time at night is a great way to talk to God. I also like to read Jesus Calling, which is small daily readings with really positive thoughts.


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