COVID-19: An Essential Social Distancing Kit

Mar 25, 2020

I'm going to structure this blog post like I do my newsletters over at the clubhouse - I usually start with a personal letter and dive into categories that hopefully put us in a feel-good vibe. I think we all need a bit of that right now.

Here's my letter to you: You're doing the best you can and that is the best thing you can do right now. We're all living in a new reality. It's new and it's very, very real. This reality is scary. I want to remind you that this is not a movie, it's not a quick fix. I mean that about you. You are not expected to adjust into this reality overnight. You're no final girl, no Superman. You are human. And you need to take all the time you need to cope.

If you need some help along the way, keep reading. I got some stuff for ya!

tips and advice coronavirus covid19
Take More Breaks Than Usual
Get up and walk around frequently.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Use your breaks to refill your water! And keep your cup at arm’s reach so you can sip throughout the day.

You Don’t Need to be Aesthetic or Have a Pet to Crush This
You’re crushing it just by getting through each day.

Take Advantage of Virtual Socializing
I suggest playing games, having a drink, or just catching each other up.

Or Not, If That Makes You Uneasy
If the situation is overwhelming and you don’t feel cheery enough to hang, don’t. Just reach out if you’re especially anxious.

Get (Somewhat) Dressed For the Day
When work calls, get dressed (even if it’s just a different sweatshirt than the one you slept in) so you can feel put-together.

Make Takeout the Minority
If you need takeout (or not feeling well some days) please tip kindly.

Limit Your News Consumption

Maybe check 1-2 times a day, but the obsessive update checking is unhealthy.

Consume Something Extracurricular
Maybe turn on your favorite song and sing along! Make sure you put that fun time in.

Micro or Not, Plan Your Days

Keep structure so you don’t burn out when things transition back to “normal”.

Talk Through It
Discuss the situation if you need to vent.

Be Patient
Make the most of it by being patient and productive because that’s all we can do right now.

Log Off
Give your brain a break after a certain hour.

Change Your Perspective (To Your Best Ability)

Make compromises with those you live with because it’s going to be shared for a while.

Quit the Debates
Check your news sources and quit arguing about things we really don’t know 100% about.

Not Understanding is OK
Best not to dwell on the paranoia and do what’s best for yourself. If you’re focusing on health and safety, then you’re doing great.

Each Day is Different
Take it one day at a time and keep trying. Every new experience takes adjustment.

Despite the Distance, Remember Community
Remember communities still exist no matter where you are. Stay in. Recognize you’re helping just by doing that.

staying healthy coronavirus covid19
Consuming Art
YouTube videos, reading through my TBR, creating content online… During hard times, turn to your favorite artists and get your creative flow moving!

Daily Yoga (App)
I’m using the free trial, but I absolutely love it so far! The curated challenges are perfect for indoor exercising and the levels are ideal for all. Ian even joined a session!

Eating Home Cooked Meals
And they're full of feel-good ingredients to keep my body happy during this low-activity time.

grocery list coronavirus covid19
1. Califa Vanilla Coffee Creamer - It’s like latte milk in a bottle!
2. Avocados - Keep ‘em in the fridge so they ripen slower.
3. Cliff Bars - There's a coffee collection that is perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up.
4. Spinach - I throw a bunch into everything. Pastas, scrambles, sandwiches are a few.
5. Potatoes - Cause duh! Potatoes can be made in a million different ways.

social distancing coronavirus covid19
The Nintendo Switch. And Mario Kart.
My TBR pile
Fresh basil from my indoor Aerogarden
Tons of clean water from my Brita
Weekly virtual hangouts with friends
Animal videos on Tik Tok
True crime series on Netflix
Bananagrams with Ian!
Digital art classes on Skillshare

work from home coronavirus covid19
My desk by a large window
A phone holder
A comfy chair!
Highlighters, a pen, and bullet journal
Giant glass of water!

Getting Through Bad Days - A Considered Life
19 Bizarre Wikipedia Pages You'll Want to Read Next Time You're Bored - Buzzfeed
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Gameplay - ZackScottGames

If you need to chat, I'm here and I mean it! Find me on Instagram or at the clubhouse on Patreon. If you ever wanted to support my work, now would be the best time. I live in NYC and our jobs are no longer stable. Ian and I can be laid off at any given time. But I'm not giving up on our community here! So head over to Patreon if you'd like to help out - my tiers don't go over the price of a coffee. And thank you so much if you decide to join the clubhouse. Stay safe.
love sarah send off

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