April 8, 2020

Long time, no see!  So much has changed in the world since I last posted--most notably, COVID-19 has spiraled into a pandemic that has impacted all of us in one way or another.

Before I delve into this post, I want to say thank you to the healthcare workers, researchers, policy makers, restaurant workers, store workers, delivery workers, and many others who are on the front lines, tirelessly working to stop the spread of COVID-19 and to help others in need of medical care, food, and supplies.  You are truly what has kept the world functioning to this point, and I am so grateful for your bravery and compassion.

To all those who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19:  to those who know people suffering from the disease or who are suffering themselves, to those who are struggling financially, to those whose mental health has been shaken:  I am so sorry.  Please don't feel guilty for feeling sad, or lonely, or hopeless;  your feelings are valid.  Please, remember that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel, even if you can't see it yet.

With that being said, many people have found themselves with newfound free time, and sometimes it can be difficult to know what to do with it.  It's tempting to sit and dwell on the state of the world for hours, but that typically doesn't do wonders for your mental health.  Here are some alternatives:

1. Read a book:  an old favorite, one that you never quite finished, a new e-book, etc.

2. Make a list of charities that you want to donate to.  Do your research!

3. Speaking of research, read up on a topic that has always interested you.

4. Draw, paint, color, do needlepoint--get in touch with your creative side.

5. Do some yoga.  YouTube has an abundance of easy-to-follow tutorials.

6. Find a workout routine.  Once again, YouTube is your friend!

7. Watch a movie or a TV show.

8. Try to bake something with the ingredients you have around the house.

9. Make a bullet journal.

10. Learn a dance routine.

11. Clean out your closet.

12. Make music playlists.

13. Take a virtual tour of a museum or a historical site.

14. Practice calligraphy with your favorite quotes--you don't need any fancy tools!

15. Read a blog or two--or even start your own.


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