• Jessica Pettingill


Depending on where you live in the world, you may still be stuck at home for going on three months now. You may have more red x's on your calendar than ever before. But don't stress, here is a little inspiration to get you through #pandemic2020

For the extroverts of the world this is probably especially painful but even us extreme introverts are starting to feel the pain! I never thought I would miss society so much but all I want to do is get some throw pillows from TJ Maxx right now!

So to help stave off the soul crushing boredom, here are my top seven ideas for how to pass the time (productively) while this pandemic stretches on.

#1 Go Outside

Yep, that’s probably an obvious one but being stuck in the house too long can send even the strongest of us spiraling into a depression. Go for a walk, lay in the sun, just get some fresh air.

Nature is grounding. It instantly resets our energy. Ever noticed the shift in mood when you took your shoes off and walked in the grass?

Try to make it part of your daily routine. Even though you may be laid off work, or have your kids home with you, it’s important to still have a daily routine. If you’re struggling with finding your new routine, read on there’s plenty more tips for how to stay productive.

Start with your morning routine, building a solid morning routine is the foundation of your day and helps set a positive tone for the day.

Check out 5 Morning Habits That Changed My Life for more morning routine inspiration!

#2 Exercise

Another obvious one I suppose, but one that many of us neglect even with added free time. Youtube is a great place for free at home workouts of any kind. Put on a 20 minute yoga video, do some pilates or try some calisthenics.

I’m used to going to the gym and find there are too many distractions at home to workout. So set a timer for however long you plan to move for and don’t let yourself walk away during that time.

I work it into my schedule that from 6:30 - 7:00am I work out. No matter what's going on that day I have to put myself on my yoga mat during that time.

Alternatively, go for a run or do some yoga in the park or in your backyard. It’s a good way to multi task tips one and two, and I do love multi tasking!

#3 Introspection

It can be hard to carve time out of our busy schedules to make time for self reflection. So take advantage of this time to get to know yourself more.

There are many ways to practice introspection:

  • Meditate

  • Go for a walk in silence

  • Journal

  • Do art

  • Pull a tarot card

  • Read a self-improvement book (or blog post) ;)

#4. Get Organized

Take this time to do an overhaul of your life. There are many aspects of our lives that can become cluttered and out of control without daily attention.

Anyone else a closet organization junkie?

Here are some places to start:

  • Home: closets, bedroom, bathroom cabinets, kitchen pantry, fridge, bookshelves, garage

  • Car - my car often times ends up being a dumping ground for the stuff I'm too lazy to take inside.

  • Phone: apps, photos, contacts, email

  • Computer Files

  • Purse, wallet

  • Finances - this is a great time to start a budget if you don't already have one. I seriously can't live without my budget planner.

#5 Self care

Self care is a big part of my life. You know why? Because without it I’d be sitting in the corner rocking back and forth in the fetal position.

Life gets stressful and while it’s 100% ok to not always handle it like the graceful goddess you are, it is important to always make time for self care.

No matter how hectic our days are we cannot lead full and happy lives without filling our buckets too.

For tons of ideas on how to pamper yourself check out my post The Ultimate Guide to Self Care

#6 Learn Something New

If you're anything like me, you always have things in the back of your mind you really want to do but just don't have time for. Whether it's learning photography, how to play the piano, learning to speak Russian or starting your own business.

If it's something you've always wanted to learn to do but just couldn't find the time before, well, now's the time!

The great thing about learning new things in this day and age is that we have the internet at our disposals. There are plenty of free and cheap resources out there we can use to teach ourselves in the safety of our own homes.

Here are some of my favorite online learning resources:

  • Coursera: Sign up monthly or audit classes for free. Great for academic learning such as math, science, graphic design and programming.

  • Duolingo - Free language learning app with lots of language options.

  • Youtube - Best free resource for learning anything! (Like literally anything)

  • Udemy - Learn piano online.

With unemployment at a record high, a lot of us are looking for alternative ways to make money right now. If you've ever wondered about starting your own business, this is a great time to learn. Learning to build and run an online business whether it be a blog, or Etsy shop, is a skill in and of it's own.

I read books, watched youtube videos and scoured the web for all the information I could find while building my businesses. There's a lot to learn, but trust me it's so much fun!

Whatever dream or goal you have, don't overthink it. Just do it. Take baby steps in the direction of your dreams.

Comment below if you'd like to hear more about how I started my businesses online.

#7 Cook Healthy Food

In the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, it's important to do everything we can to keep our bodies healthy. Eating lots of fruits and veggies helps boost the immune system and stabilize our moods since staying inside for long periods of time can have adverse affects on our mental health as well.

When I'm feeling the need to be extra healthy I try to make a point to eat a food of every color of the rainbow. Different colored fruits and veggies carry different nutrient profiles. And while they're all a little different, their color can be a good indication of what's inside.

Here's a break down of the delicious benefits of these colorful foods:

Red: foods such as beets, tomatoes, strawberries or bell peppers are packed with antioxidants, vitamins A and C and manganese. They can help with heart health and boost the immune system.

Orange: foods such as carrots, peppers and oranges contain zeaxanthin, flavonoids, lycopene, potassium, vitamins C and A. These nutrients boost our immune systems, and aid in eye and bone health.

Yellow: foods such as bananas and mangos are high in vitamin A which promotes a glowy complexion, manganese and other powerful antioxidants which help to prevent cancer and strengthen the eyes and bones.

Green: foods such as kale, broccoli and collard greens are rich in fiber, folate, potassium and vitamins A, C, E and K.

Blue and Purple: foods such as blueberries, blackberries and red cabbage are great for promoting healthy aging due to their antioxidant content. They are also beneficial for improving memory function and preventing strokes and certain types of cancer.

These are scary and uncertain times. Take advantage of this moment in time where everything has slowed down. Take time for introspection and self care, eat healthy, organize your space. The world will get back to normal soon. Until then enjoy your quarantine stay-cation with these helpful tips and stay healthy and safe!

#pandemic #quarantine #coronavirus #selfcare #productivity #nutrition #organization #home #simpleliving

Hi! I'm Jessica.

I'm just a normal person sharing the lessons I've learned from life so far. I somehow manage my hectic work, school and personal schedules all while staying organized and writing this blog. I am a computer science major with a passion for graphic design. If you're interested in hearing my organizational and lifestyle tips as well as the awesome things I get from target sometimes, then feel free to sign up for my email list below.

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