Cabin Fever? Here’s my daily routine and list of things to do!

I’m doing my part by flattening the curve and only going out for a walk to taste fresh air or pick up necessary groceries for the week.

But cabin fever is a legit problem.

Here’s how my day has been spent (literally everyday to the point where the weekends mesh and feel like weekdays).

7:13AM Wake up, scroll through my phone and check the latest on COVID-19 through twitter and various news outlets.

7:30AM Get around to peeling myself off the bed, grab a sweater to pull over and head for the kitchen to mainline that caffeine.

7:32AM This is the North Star of every morning. Beautiful brew stirred to almond milky goodness sitting on my breakfast bar while I continue to peruse through what I’ve missed while I slept.

8:30AM YOGA

9:30AM Prep my faux OOTD (cute top, yoga pants on the bottom) and do something different to my hair that makes it look combed before I’m hit with any video conferences.

10AM Switch from personal to work laptop and drill through emails like mad. Efficiency is key for me before I have my first meal at lunch. After I have food, my crank rate depreciates by half.

11AM Prep the kitchen for lunch, continue to focus on emails.

12PM Lunch time, usually coupled with a quick snack size TV content. Lately, we’ve been watching Jamie Oliver’s Quick & Easy.

1(ish) but really like 1:45PM, prep to hop back online.

5(ish) wind down and prep the kitchen for dinner

6PM Dinner with a show my partner and I take seriously because night time means drama, thriller, and all that good jazz to keep me hooked.

7PM Play a round of video games with my partner until we’re too stressed out from our competitive nature. He’ll switch the game to something more mind numbing, single player, and relaxing and I’ll head to the bedroom to grab the latest read.

8:30PM Call me a grandma at not even 30, but this is the second wave of that good good. This is when I reach for my laptop to write or shuffle through my shelf ( or possibly digital Kindle backlog) for a great new adventure through words. Currently, I’m reading Laws of Human Nature and Marie Lu’s Legend Series. Sometimes I’ll read 2 sentences and I’ll be out quicker than you can blink, other times, the escapism gets real and I’m clocking in until 1230AM through an entirely new universe.

I know the next few weeks are going to be daunting. I know it’s tough for those who are more directly affected by this than me, but if you’re hit with cabin fever, here’s a list of hobbies that would be a wonderful start to living your day and not feeling like you’ve wasted it because you’re stuck at home:

  1. Adult Coloring Book – once you’re finished, you can hang them up a wall or roll them up, tie it with a string and give it to a loved one. It’s the easiest and most painless way to share a hand crafted gift. (I know knot how to knit so this is my crafty avenue- haha)
    Pro tip: If you’re of age, a nice glass of wine is the perfect pairing
  2. Level Up Your Cooking & Baking Skills– I’ve linked you to my pinterest page. I grew up thinking I would never be the scrapbooking type, yet the digital version is so fun and easy! With so much time on our hands, this is the perfect homebody hobby to try different recipes and create a list of aces to wow your friends once this quarantine is over! Pro Tip: grocery stores may intimidate you lately with the lines, out of stock and barren produce section. But I’ve found if you go to an ethnic store they’ll likely have a lot more inventory than your local Ralphs or Whole Foods and it’ll cost you a lot less.
  3. Make (metaphorical) Lemonade- Remember that old adage, “If only I had more time?”, Well now you really do! Take this opportunity to chase your dream, start your own business, learn a new language. Paralyzing yourself tuning in (or out) with Netflix, Hulu, and all the other on demand streaming services isn’t helping your situation. You’ll just feel even less alive and excited about each day, especially once you’ve finished binging Gilmore Girls again for the 5th time.
  4. Indoor Escapism: Video games are the quickest way to jump into a different reality. Luckily, timing was on our side for once and Nintendo released Animal Crossing. A Sims type of game where you runaway and live on an island. If you’ve got a PS4, I recommend this silly third person shooter: Agents of Mayhem. It’s got the vibe of GTA, but with cartoony art style and form. Every character is a wonder and the missions are super chill but fun.
  5. Reading & Writing: I went on a hiatus and the traffic to my blog is as DOA as using the term ‘on fleek’ from 2 years back today. But I’ve really found the bonus time to write more, read more and imagine more. Reading is such a great tool to help motivate me to get creative and write beyond my usual styles. Definitely reach out if you want a list of recommendations, give me your vibe and I’ll post you your next great literary adventure.

 

 

 

8 Silly but Important Things to Always Choose

1. French fries over Fruit. Are you kidding? This is a no brainer. You can’t make crispy golden french fries at home, but fruit? Fruit you can get anywhere. Yes, you’ll feel like a heifer for maybe an hour after you consume all of it but at least in the moment, you enjoyed every freaking second of those delicious oily fattening awesome things. Fruit? Get that shit at the market and eat it at home. When you’re out, indulge yourself.

2. Unsubscribe. I’ve recently purged myself from online shopping after realizing about 70% of the emails I accrue on my personal account were from Forever21, Groupon, Sephora, the like. It feels a bit insipid when now I wake up and I’ve got 18 emails vs. 60+ but at least I’m not wasting precious time deleting meaningless “SALES” and breaking my wallet. Now each morning I focus on positive affirmations from my virtual yogi on YouTube and success stories shared on Gates Notes.

3. Bring a book wherever you go. Apps on our phone are endless as such are puzzle games with infinite levels. (Trust me I work in gaming, I know how many levels there are ready for the player to trek through, and beyond that there will always be another map, another dungeon, another challenge). But the greatest lesson you absorb is those from stories and historical documentation. I’ve learned resilience through Marcus Aurelius and strategy from Sun Tzu, valuable knowledge which otherwise wouldn’t have been taught via mobile games.

4. Chop it off. In 2013, I got bangs that basically ruined my life. Or so I thought. In retrospect, I was young and naive; time felt longer than what it really stood for and I cared way too much how “swoop” my bangs were. The stylist had cut it too short and I swore everyone could see the extra centimeter he took off. 5 years post trauma, I’ve now gotten the shortest haircut I’ve ever underwent and it’s been the best decision of my life. Time will tick as hair will grow. So choose to get that haircut you’ve always wanted to try out. If it sucks, it’ll grow back in 6 months. And if it shines, you’ll love eliminating the fear of going shorter.

5. Keep a notebook & pen. First, always have a pen on you because when you fly, you don’t want to be that person bothering your neighbor for theirs to fill out a customs form. Second, notebook & pen helps jot down your consciousness. I don’t know how many great ideas have gone out to the wild to never return because I failed to remember what they were by the time I got back to my laptop.

6. Daily Notecard Trick. This is courtesy of Tim Ferris. He jots down things that must be accomplished by the end of that day on a notecard and once they’ve all been finished out, he rips up the card. It’s so cathartic to start my day with goals then completing each task and finally being able to toss the card as a part of the exercise.

7. Run on your own damn time. Never wait on anyone not worth waiting on. If you’re just sitting there waiting for the phone to ring or someone to eat with- go enjoy time alone. Cook something healthy and enjoy it with FRIENDS on Netflix. Time is too precious spent waiting on others.

8. Never commit to lukewarm. I don’t know how else to explain passion as an extreme. This an important lesson I learned from mommy dearest. If you’re at a store and you see this red dress but it just makes you feel 50% while you put it on, DO NOT BUY IT. No matter how many accessories pieces you dress it with, it won’t make you feel 100. Buy the dress if it makes you feel like hard 10, otherwise, that garment on the hanger will only sit in your closet collecting moths and dust. This philosophy can be applied to most life decisions. The dress was just a recent example I had whilst shopping with Momma bear.