With the mandate to #stayathome due to the coronavirus pandemic, many of us have been met with more downtime than ever before. Much is happening in the outside world, yet our own schedules and routines have come to a halt. This extra time on hand is the perfect opportunity to take part in what we would like to call “intentional social distancing”. Though we are all physically distanced, there is no better time to connect with others, care for your family, and nourish your body and soul.
Lean into the Rest
How many times have we begged for an extra bit of sleep or time on our hands? Well, we sure have that available to us now! There has rarely been another time in history where the world slows down and we are not expected to leave our homes. Now is the time to lean into the rest that is available to us. Find peace and rest in the downtime, knowing that the expectation to always be “on” has been lifted from you!
Social distancing does not mean that our cherished relationships have to remain neglected and distanced. Instead, see this time as an opportunity to connect or even reconnect with others in a new way. Let FaceTime, Zoom, or Google Hangout be your best friend. If you regularly met up with a friend for coffee once a week, met the girls for cocktails after work on Fridays, or had plans to grab lunch with a coworker, do so virtually! We have been blessed with amazing technological advances that allow us to remain intertwined and connected during this time of physical distance.
Self Care @ Home
Don’t forget to care for yourself. This is incredibly crucial during stressful times. We’ve got plenty of great products to enhance your me-time and even boost your mood. Set aside time in the day to take a bath, put in a hair mask, or give yourself a manicure. Self-care at home does not have to be tedious. Put on your favoritespa music, throw on a plush robe, and make it fun!
Although it might feel challenging at times, trying to maintain a positive outlook and mindset is crucial during this time! Constant negativity increases stress on the body and, obviously, can deeply impact your mental health. Try to focus on positive things that are happening right now, even if it's just one small thing you are grateful for on a daily basis. If you are having a hard time focusing on the positive, try turning off the news, reach out to a friend or loved one, find out if you can talk to a therapist virtually, hug your loved ones tight, take a walk in nature and care for YOU. We will get through this together.
It seems like the piles of trash and waste is absolutely endless due to a rise in cooking at home during this quarantine. With today being “Learn About Composting Day”, I simply cannot think of a better time to learn how to utilize kitchen scraps. Finding alternatives to combat the sheer amount of waste that we produce is actually quite easier than some might think. If you are wanting to take the plunge into the world of composting and/or reducing your kitchen waste, here are a few simply ways you can spearhead the process:
For this week’s business feature, we hear from Be Just, a shop that houses a collection of household essentials that combine functionality, form, and beauty in the Belmont area of Charlottesville, Virginia.