Staying Sane While Social Distancing

My cookbook collection

Two weeks ago today, I was stressing about hosting a great party. Today I’m in the midst of social distancing, which I think is quickly becoming a new normal for most of us. I think a lot of us are trying to figure out how to make the best of the situation. I’m trying to think of this as an opportunity to recharge. There are so many people whose jobs and responsibilities make social distancing impossible for them, so I also recognize the privileges I have in the situation. I’m an introvert, which helps a lot. I was also a pretty burnt out introvert going into this. I realized that when the idea of scheduling even virtual meetings was stressing me out. We all need variety at some point, though. I know staying in the same place will get to me eventually.

I’m trying to make the most out of this time by taking on activities that are meaningful to me. It’s an added bonus if I can bring some extra positivity to the world. Here’s my list of things I want to do to both stay sane and take advantage of the time while social distancing. Some of them are things I’m doing to recharge. Most of them are things I’m trying to do to have fun and stay positive.

  1. I’m cooking, a lot. Greg and I are both working from home indefinitely. On a normal week I only cook big meals about three nights, and the rest of the time we eat out, eat leftovers, or do something quick like scrambled eggs. This week, I’ve been cooking every other night. My go-to cookbooks are Half Baked Harvest Super Simple and Ottolenghi’s Plenty. I’m also trying to use this time to create a lot of new Paint the House Pink recipes, like our Tiramisu French Toast.
  2. My DIY project to-do list has a lot of things on it. A lot of them are future blog posts so I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but I can tell you that I hope to get some crocheting done. I might even go back to my non-blog writing, depending on what’s inspiring me.
  3. There’s a scene in Gilmore Girls where Rory is standing in the Harvard library and starts to panic because she doesn’t have enough time in her life to read all the books. That scene is pretty much my life. I’m working on making a dent in it at least.
  4. Greg and I are trying to notice and fix all the random household annoyances that we encounter. For example-two of our curtain rods are pulling off the wall. I bought proper drywall anchors and I’m going to fix those things. I’m hoping when life gets back to normal we’ll have eliminated a bunch of subconscious stressors. This list also includes cleaning the glass on my oven and washing our windows.
  5. I plan to try to set up times to talk with my long distance friends and relatives. If any of y’all are reading this, please hold me to it! Creating opportunities to connect is the best way that we can help keep each other sane through the social distancing experience. The absence of pressure to meet with people in person makes it a lot easier to prioritize long-distance relationships.
  6. This one may sound cheesy, but I really want to write some fan mail. There are a bunch of people who create things that I find really inspiring, and I want to take the time to tell them that. Some of them are big celebrities, like J.K Rowling and Taylor Swift. Others are bloggers that really inspire me. I figure telling people how much I appreciate them is a great way to spread positivity.
  7. I might try to learn the Single Ladies dance. Who knows? I had a brief moment a few years ago when I wanted to learn it, but then I actually started and realized it’s super complicated. It’s also a great workout, though. Maybe I should pick that up again. I definitely have the time!

What are you doing to keep busy and stay sane? We’d love to connect, either in the comments below or on social media!

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