It’s a complaint we hear and make all the time – I just don’t have enough time. I say it to myself every time I’m down about something – my weight, the cleanliness of my apartment, my work, and more. I just don’t have enough time to work out, to dust, to do everything I need to do for work while still finding enjoyment in life.
Social distancing hasn’t been easy. Since moving to New Hampshire, my boyfriend and I haven’t really made friends. We spend a lot of time together, but we also get frequent visits from our friends and family and I have a lot of interaction with my coworkers. But now we just have time to spend together.
I could talk about how my mental health struggles when I don’t have enough to do or how hard it is to keep my days interesting, but instead I’m going to tell you how I’ve improved on myself during this time.
- Spring cleaning
I’m not a clean freak, my boyfriend actually cleans the apartment more than me because mess doesn’t bother me. But our apartment does often get too messy because we are both busy. I’ve done all our laundry, wiped down all of our surfaces, we’ve vacuumed and done the dishes. And I got some of our spring decor out!
- Working out
I am one of the lucky ones, we’re in a low-risk area for now so our apartment gym is still open and I’ll only go in it if there is one other person there to minimize any contact. I’ve been able to work out on my lunch breaks now or just to get outside I go for a long walk. I’ve been more active than I have been in a while!
- Dedicating time to hobbies
I’ve spoken a lot about some hobbies I’ve picked up recently and now I’ve had time to complete some project! It’s really nice to be able to fine tune some of my embroidery and crochet skills since I just picked them up.
- Reaching out to friends
Yes, I suck at keeping in constant contact with my friends. They are great and understand, but now with this time at home I need a little more interaction and it’s a great excuse to check in with them and make sure they’re doing okay!
- Learning how to work from home
I always thought as an introvert, I’d like working from home. But I really do need a separation of work and home. I’ve worked from home for snow days, but those days are usually slow and not too productive anyway. I enjoy being able to learn how to work from home and what works best for me.
- My skincare routine
I essentially didn’t have a routine before this time, but had so many products to try. Now I know that having a routine is not a myth, because my skin is the best it’s been in a long time and has been enjoying a much-needed make up break!
What’s one positive thing you’ve gone through since social distancing? We hear so many negatives and are aware of how devastating coronavirus is, sometimes it’s nice to just hear small positives.