While it might feel like the perfect moment to recharge in solitude for many introverts, plenty of others are envisioning weeks of solitary confinement by merely hearing the words "social distancing." We know that matters of health are not to be taken lightly, so we’re doing all that we can to minimize our social interactions and help the most vulnerable among us.
But at the same time, we feel for all you extroverts, social butterflies, and even the routine-disrupted introverts who can no longer pop in at their local coffee shop! There are many of us who are feeling less than thrilled about the foreseeable future. Even though it’s a change from business as usual, our technical prowess means that we can work from home productively, efficiently and comfortably, and it’s easier than ever to videochat and check in on our friends and family members from the safety of home.
So, let’s focus on all these positives! To help steer you in the right direction, we’ve put together some strategies that will help you to stay connected with loved ones, be productive, fill in that free time, stay healthy, and most importantly, have fun while doing it.
Work With Intention
Just like that, many of us have joined the ranks of remote workers and freelancers and find ourselves navigating new work-from-home setups. While we may have always dreamed about how amazing it would be to go to work in our PJs, big changes can be very overwhelming. One of the best bits of advice is to set out to work with intention.
What do we mean by this? Working with intention is all about setting yourself up for success in your own unique situation! First, it's essential to assess how to go about that, and to give yourself a little grace period through this transition. Create a schedule that works for you, and stick to it. Some of us will need to #stayhomeandgetdressed to feel productive, others will be bossing in their sweats.
Whether you find yourself working with roomies in a home-based co-working space, sharing a home office with your significant other, or working from the kitchen table longing for your cubie, take some time to make that space yours. Spruce it up with some fun new supplies and goodies from Work Home Happy, and when necessary, create an imaginary coworker that everyone can collectively throw under the bus.
Break Past the Boredom
Perhaps you’ve heard this poetic tongue twister, “I’m bored of being bored because being bored is boring.” We know that feel and know that boredom can lead to a host of undesirable things, like letting our anxieties get the best of us or rifling through our snack stash. Now is as good a time as ever to pick up a new hobby or get a group of people to meet up online, forming a new type of craft club or book group.
Whether you're going it alone or you like the idea of being in this together, both The Adults & Crafts Crate or the Craft In Style Box can help get you creating by sending out all the supplies and instructions needed to make a trendy home decor project. There's no need to head to the shops because it's all right there! Or, get in touch with your fellow bibliophiles and create a fun book club with some help from Coffee and a Classic. Have everyone order a box, set a realistic reading schedule, and check in on each other virtually for some good discussion over a hot cup of coffee.
Set Healthy Media Boundaries
In times like these, the news is heavy and can weigh us down quickly. Add in loneliness, fear and anxiety, and many of us find we need a refresher on stress management. So take some time to appreciate the power of the mind-body connection. Set some healthy media boundaries, giving yourself specific times to check in on the news, and then stepping away from it all in favor of stress-relieving activities, like getting your heart rate up with a HIIT session, cooking some homemade chicken soup, or forcing yourself into a happy space with some guided meditation.
We all handle stress very differently, so if the uncertainty of everything is making you feel overwhelmed, you could benefit from a subscription box, like MindWander, that aims to tackle everything from reducing anxiety to improving sleep. Using cognitive behavioral therapy workbooks and self-care, every box is filled with useful coping skills and practical mood-boosting strategies for all of life's challenges.
Perform Daily Self-Care
Following right in line with stress management, now is a great opportunity to establish self-care rituals that will help you center yourself and manage all of these changes. From spending some time curled up with a good read, to taking a nice long soak in a warm bath, self-care subscriptions can be that gentle nudge you need to take some time to relax and unwind.
Whether you're a natural homebody or not, let's all create an Introverts Retreat, and turn our focus on ourselves. Soft candles, baths, books and plenty of cups of tea can help just about anyone enjoy the silence of solitude.
Find New Ways to Get Face-to-Face
Just because we can't head out and hang with our crew doesn't mean that we can't come up with clever alternatives. There are actually plenty of virtual social situations that can still happen while we're sheltering in place. Meet up for a watch party where you can watch online videos with others in real time while joining into the group discussion. And for gamers, there are plenty of remote options to play together and even make a few new friends!
Missing out on meeting up for happy hour after work? Try out a whole new world of mix-your-own craft cocktails with Shaker & Spoon. Perfect for those with a well-stocked home bar, this box brings recipes, bitters, mixers, garnishes and more to become your own bartender. Hit your friends up on FaceTime and toast to good health!