Updated: Apr 21
The world is flipped upside down right now. We have been ripped from our routines and our norms to be placed in stillness. I am a homebody, I like my space and returning to it at the end of every day. Yet, I can't remember a time that I didn't have a schedule of appointments and activities outside of the house for more than a day. For me, (and for everyone) this is HARD. Things are uncertain. When things get hard, it's really easy to ignore all The Work we have been doing, the work on ourselves. It's easy to get sucked into the downward swirl of the chaos. Yet, this is when we need to turn to our toolbelts, turn back to ourselves and the things we know to help us along the way. The toolbelt looks different for everyone, but we can share tools to help build each other's belts.
This has been my toolbelt for quarantine, outside resources and inspiration to tune back into myself, to find my rhythm and my knowing for what I need each and every moment.
So here it is, mostly for me but also for you.
+ Beneath Your Busy, By Kelli McMullen
Kelli opens her heart up in this blog post sharing the things she has learned since slowing down. It's a beautiful letter of inspiration. "For me, I am choosing to meet myself daily with an agenda that is more expansive. I am reuniting and remembering what my preferences are instead of obligations."
+ Stop Trying to be Productive, By Taylor Lorenz
In this article, Lorenz breaks down the stigma that this time in quarantine needs to be used as productive. "...staying inside and attending to basic needs is plenty." This brought perspective to me on what I consider to be my basic needs vs. what might be others. Just because I have to work out at least 30mins and cook for myself daily, doesn't mean that's the case for everyone in my house. It's a great read and a better reminder.
+ I Spent a Year in Space, and I Have Tips on Isolation to Share, By Scott Kelly
This article came across in "The Daily Good" an email newsletter by The Good Trade. Scott Kelly speaks on his time in space and what he learned about taking care of yourself insolation. It's so good!
+ Coronavirus Facts
I personally have tried to take most of the day to stay away from news and coronavirus information. It's overwhelming to always be taking in new information and filtering what is true and not. When I am in the right space to do the research I turn to the best resources in keeping up to date.
+ [Podcast] How to not go crazy during Quarantine - How To! With Charles Duhigg
Charles Duhigg hosts this episode with Celeste Headlee, author of "Do Nothing,". She discusses practices for dealing with loneliness and staying sane while staying home. It's short, practical and I loved it!
+ DoTERRA IGTV COVID-19 Updates
I also really love this short podcast-ish updates from Doterra. Dr. Russell Osguthorpe, chief medical officer of dōTERRA and a board-certified pediatric infectious disease specialist speaks on all sorts of topics surrounding the virus. They are easy to digest and not overwhelming or stressful to listen to.
+ Untamed By Glennon Doyle on Audible
I am not much of a reader, I blame it on my dyslexia. Yet, I love stories. I have started listening to Untamed by the recommendation of many friends. I love it already. The book is read by Glennon herself which makes it feel that much more special.
+ Spotify Playlists
Always having music playing in the house is just an easy way to keep spirits high. I saw something that said when was the last time you just sat and played song after song, listening to each one doing nothing else. It's powerful to just listen to music (and maybe dance a little).
1. To lift you up and get your moving: "We Are Still Here"
2. To ground, soothe and energize: "The Soothing Edit"
3. Happy and timelessly fun songs: "Have a Great Day"
4. Electic beats to play throughout the day: "Chill Electric"
5. Simple and versatile modern rock: "Carbon"
+ The Space: Unplugged
This is my home team. My home studio where I got my RYT-200 certification. They are now producing live classes twice a day on Facebook from the living rooms of all the instructors. It is yoga-based fitness with HIIT, Core, and strengthening elements. Perfect for at home! They also ALWAYS have bangin' playlists and wonderful words of wisdom to share. Love you, space tribe!
Kaisa Keranen builds interesting, fun and creative workouts that are suitable for everyone. On her Instagram, she shares plenty of workouts that you can do at home from anywhere 5-20mins. I love her "take 5" workouts, where she gives you 5 moves to do in 5 mins (1 min each). Do 3 sets and you have an awesome 15min workout!
+ Pinch of Yum
I love this blog. She creates simple, tasty and healthy recipes. I suggest healing chicken and rice soup or the greek baked orzo!
+ The Defined Dish
My newest food blog I follow, she has a great wealth of knowledge and recipes on her site. She creates weekly meal plan pdf's that include shopping lists and recipes for 5 days a week. I was drawn to her blog through some "quarantine" posts. Yet, there is so much more to explore on this site!
1. The first was a meal idea round-up post, she gives many categories and recipes to try that include none perishable items.
2. The second was a pantry checklist. Gives some good ideas of things to stay stocked up on so you can continue to make yummy meals throughout the month.
I personally am a Shipt shopper, I applied before I went to Europe but didn't get approved until I was there, through the winter it helped me with extra cash to get by and now it's the thing that pays my bills. There are so many shopper in all areas. It's also a safe way to receive your groceries while staying home. If you or a loved one needs a shopper during this time, you can use my link to sign-up and get free groceries. If you are interested in being a shopper, you can reach out to me for questions!
TO BE WELL:
I have collected diffuser blends on Pinterest for just about every occasion. "Essential oils have been used for nearly 6,000 years, with the aim of improving a person’s health or mood...Inhaling essential oils stimulates the olfactory system, the part of the brain connected to smell, including the nose and the brain." (read more from this article)
+ CBD & MCT Lattes
One quarantine benefit I am loving is my slower mornings. I am not a morning person so being able to wake a little later and take time starting my day has been glorious. One thing I can do is make my own at-home lattes.
My favorite so far:
-1 mug of your favorite coffee
- A scoop of both BUB's Naturals MCT powder & Collagen Protein
- 10 drops of Nuvita CBD ( this link will give you 10% off your purchase)
- A dash of real maple syrup
- A good shake of ground turmeric
- Ground Cinnamon to taste
Combined in a blender and mix it up, pour back into your mug and enjoy!
Being able to talk to friends n' family is harder when you can't grab lunch together. Planning out time to video chat has been essential to connecting and checking in on my people. We have tried various platforms but we have liked using Houseparty best! It's a phone app and accessible on your computer. It is easy to send a notification to those you want to talk to and join groups who are already on.
+ #NEXT90Days with Rachel Hollis
Rachel Hollis released a 90-day program 4 weeks ago. There is still time to join at any point and catch up on the videos. This 14-week challenge is about living intentionally and with joy even when everything is out of our control. It's perfectly timed and has helped me create a purposeful "routine". My mom and I are doing it together and having a weekly "book club" to talk about it. Connect and inspiration combined.
+ The Science of Well-Being
This was recommended to me by my wonderful therapist, Rachel. It's a positive psychology course from Yale that is currently free. Professor and creator of the class, Lori Santos says "I created this Yale course because I was worried about the levels of student depression, anxiety, and stress that I was seeing as a Professor and Head of College at Yale. I originally developed this course to teach Yale students how the science of psychology can provide important hints about how to make wiser choices and how to live a life that’s happier and more fulfilling." Now they are bringing the course online to expand beyond Yale!
Stay Strong. Stay Safe. Stay Home.