Ah, crap. The world went and changed on us. There is only one thing on many folks’ minds.
I have always said, when possible, that one should call out the elephant in the room. In this instance, the elephant can’t even be seen – but has transformed our lives.
With that in mind, I decided to write on how to keep yourself and your loved ones fit, healthy and well while we stay at home. Keeping fit though is not about being a certain size. It’s about being in good health, physically and/or mentally.
Do you have stairs? Walking the stairs up & down to your sewing machine multiple times a day.
Yoga or meditation. Great activity to do with your family. You’ll find tons of free videos in Youtube. Meditation can even be done sitting on your sewing chair.
Walk the dog, although remember they have to be really short walks just enough for them to do their thing.
If you’re lucky to have a private garden, why not start your own veggie garden?
Remember the yardwork you always wanted to do but never really had the time? It’s your lucky week! Begin digging and planting stones, plants and flowers.
Baking! One of my favourite activities. Go crazy and try out new plates.
Dance! And if you have instruments, have a family concert!
Those with kids and a backyard can go on adventures looking for dragons!
If you’re looking to step up your game, you can do exercise, for example 10,000 steps inside the house.
Nothing beats a good call with friends or family members.
Now could be the time to practice what you want to sell in the future…crafts, clothes, most tools you probably already have.
Watch old TV shows eating your favourite dessert.
Ever thought of learning a new language? Do you know the app Duolingo? I recommend it!
A glass of wine. Yup, not much more to say on this one.
How are your tech skills? Time to get updated with the latest trends. For example, I was really surprised to see how much banking apps have advanced and how much we can do with them from home.
Sew pieces for future consignment.
Practice being patient and relaxing.
I’m finally reading the magazines I’m subscribed too. Also reading more books than usual. Missed them.
If you’re a sport kind of person, skipping rope will do miracles for you. I read once 10 minutes of jumping rope equals 30 minutes jogging. You can complement that with free weights, stretch bands, etc.
A buddy told me…don’t forget to brush your teeth, it’s easy to forget since we are not in our usual routine.
Open the window and take a good breath of fresh air.
Try not to watch the news so much.
Every one or two hours get up and stretch, take a deep breath and be thankful for the things you have.
Smile, even if it’s through Skype, Google Hangout or Whatsapp. Smiling not only offers a mood boost but helps our bodies release cortisol and endorphins that provide numerous health benefits, including reduced, blood pressure, increased endurance, reduced pain, reduced stress, and a strengthened immune system.
Decluttering and rearranging your home will give you not only something to do but also peace of mind. Maybe even create your own sewing studio! My biggest reference and teacher for this is japanese expert Marie Kondo. You probably know her from the Netflix show, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. After getting hooked by the TV-show I discovered she started her whole movement with two books, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy. The first is Kondo’s guide to decluttering your home using her famed KonMari Method, and the second is an illustrated manual with step-by-step instructions for folding clothes and tackling messy areas of the home. You can get both books in one ebook bundle now, here is my affiliate link so you can get it at the best price: https://amzn.to/2UeqC3O. In this bundle you’ll get her philosophical wisdom, practical advice, and charming prescriptive illustrations into one master class.