I think we all can agree that the world is off its rockers right now and we don’t even know how to handle it. I have never experienced anything like the situation that we are in right now – it feels exactly like a movie. Everything in life seems to be canceled (including class for us college students) and it’s hard to not feel bummed about all of it – especially when your spring break trip during your senior year gets thrown out the window
Despite all of this negativity and fear, I am also finding some solace that I get to spend all of this free time with myself! This is a wonderful time to take advantage of some quality time with yourself to re-evaluate and re-focus. Or anything else you feel could be helpful! I’m going to share some of the things I am doing during this unexpected free time to better myself as a person and become more in-tune with where I am.
Stay off of your phone. With nothing else to do, the past few days I have found myself absolutely glued to my phone. I can’t walk from one room to the next without having that stupid thing in my hand. My eyes hurt through the blue-light blocking glasses and I have been sleeping pretty poorly. I’ve found that it is very easy to get caught up in the nitty gritty about this virus – new information is popping up on Twitter every second and it’s impossible to not get caught up. I’ve decided that from now on I am not checking Twitter or any other news source right when I wake up in the morning. Rather than carry my phone around with me, I find it helpful to actually leave it in my room while I go about my morning routine. By not instantly checking what is happening on the outside, you get to enjoy your morning and focus on what is happening inside of yourself.
Start a side hustle. This one gets me excited!! If you’ve read my last posts, you know that I am a consultant for Arbonne. I feel very lucky to have this opportunity available to me because the way that our business is set up (personal website, shipped to client’s door, etc.), the ability to work hasn’t really been affected as most other workplaces have been. Said differently, even though we are all quarantined I can still be improving people’s lives and making a little money doing it. I’ve used much of my free time to create graphics for my social accounts, kinda touched up my Instagram page and have reached out to prospective clients! I’ve set some goals and have drawn out some ways to achieve them. Just because you’re ‘locked up’ doesn’t mean you can’t be productive!
Prioritize your health. Exercise is a huge part of who I am – I use it has a stress reliever, to clear my head, to push myself and to feel strong! Because of the virus, many gyms are limiting hours or closing doors altogether for the time being. Less opportunities get my sweat on has made me flip my perspective and focus on my diet. I’m making sure I get lots of fruits and veggies to keep me full of antioxidants and protein to keep me from snacking! Eating snacks throughout the day that aren’t good for you is a sure way (in my opinion) to make you feel crappy. There are also plenty of ways to be active at home, such as workout videos or yoga – just gotta be creative!
Read a book. As a college student, it’s difficult to find time to read. I try to prioritize it but somehow it always ends up falling through the cracks. Now couldn’t be a more perfect time! I brought 2 books home with me and I am sure that wherever I go, I always have a book on me (my Goodreads account is linked if you are interested! Follow me on instagram to find reviews/thoughts in my stories). Not only do I love reading, but it also keeps me off of my phone and keeps my eyes from looking at a screen – I do that far enough!
Journal. Write, write, write! Recall an experience, create a story, write a poem or a letter, list some goals, doodle! The opportunities here are endless. Writing is so therapeutic to me and gives me an escape from the present. If there’s any way to get to the bottom of how you’re feeling about anything, just start writing and let your mind wander and take over. When you read it back, things will become clear as day. And again – keeps you off of your phone!!!
If there’s one thing that I want you to take away from this, it’s that even the most negative situation always has a positive side to it. Yeah, you could sit around all day and think about how bummed you are and how much this situation sucks and get nowhere with it OR you could practice seeing the bright side of things and make the most out of what you have. No matter what the situation, you can’t let it consume your life and cloud your mind with negative thoughts.
I hope that everyone is staying safe and healthy during this crazy time in our world! Continue to spread positivity and make sure to take care of yourself and your loved ones ❤