If you’re anything like us, chances are you have no idea what day it is right now. Social distancing has definitely sent our work/life balance into a downward spiral. Screen times have spiked (thanks for the reminder, Apple), we’ve fallen down the TikTok rabbit hole, and trips to the snack cabinet have become more frequent. We’re clearly thriving.
Now that you’ve perfected your work from home setup (still struggling? check out our tips here), we’re exploring all the extracurricular options we have to keep us occupied after we’ve clocked out of the (home) office.
Practice Self Care
Staying connected is important, especially during such an isolating time. That being said, the recent surge in zoom video meetings and virtual happy hours has given us more than enough (indoor) social facetime for the time being.
It’s equally important to disconnect and take time for yourself. Test out that new skincare routine you’ve been dying to try. Read a book. Give yourself a manicure. Binge watch that Netflix series without your phone glued to your hand. This time at home is mandatory, so why not make the most out of it?
Take a (virtual) culture trip
Take a culture trip from the comfort of your own couch. Museums across the globe have opened their doors for guests to take guided, virtual tours of their favorite exhibits which can all be found on Google’s Arts & Culture page. Bonus: wine is allowed, and highly encouraged.
A few of our highlights:
The Met – New York
Natural History Museum – London
The Louvre – Paris
De Young Museum – San Francisco
Musée d’Orsay – Paris
LA County Museum of Art (LACMA) – Los Angeles
At this point, walking to the kitchen might be the most you’ve worked out in days. We get it, the struggle is REAL. Motivation levels may not be at 100%, but exercise will actually boost your energy level and even put you in a better mood.
There are tons of options to choose from at the moment, so take your pick and turn your living room into a makeshift gym. Here are some of our go-to’s.
Get long lean lines with fitness aficionado, Melissa Wood-Tepperberg. The gorgeous mama is offering a 7-day free trial of her program that can be done anywhere, any time. Plus, scroll her Instagram for some serious interior design envy.
The wellness site offers a free 14-day trial for a variety of classes (yoga, Pilates, and HIIT to name a few) led by some familiar faces. Rumble boxing is tops for us, so we’re loving instructor Callie Gullickson’s 7-day, boxing inspired program.
Speaking of Rumble, the uber-popular boxing class is offering at-home classes via IG live. Get the schedule here and follow along for workouts from some Rumble trainers that aren’t bad to look at.
One of our fave influencers and co-founder behind Summer Friday’s skincare – the line that brought us that beloved jet lag mask. Lauren has been posting her personal workouts, which occasionally include a guest appearance from her super cute son.
Learn How To Cook
We won’t be social distancing forever, so why not use this time to practice your cooking skills? Take a food tour through these sites and you’ll find recipes to impress even the toughest critic at your next dinner party (when that time comes).
Not only is she one of the most hilariously entertaining people to follow on social, but she is hands-down the queen of comfort cooking. Following her 2 Cravings cookbooks, Chrissy Teigen launched a food focused website and Instagram under the same name. Trust us, you’ll want to try everything.
Tieghan is the chef behind Half Baked Harvest’s incredible selection of healthy and family friendly recipes. We recently tried the 30 min ramen and it was BOMB, to say the least.
The food enthusiast and senior editor at Bon Appetit magazine has all the makings of our dream girl. She’s funny, has a dachshund cutie named Tuna, and puts some damn good meals together. What more could you ask for?
Shop + Support
Between work hours, take a lunch break to shop all the sales that are going on. The Botkier buy more, save more sale is going strong and even new styles are on sale. It’s REAL good. Plus, a little retail therapy can go a long way in the mental health department.
As a side note, we are so sensitive to the fact that absolutely everyone is going through this tumultuous time together – with a declining economy, restaurants and businesses need our support now more than ever.
Support your local businesses in any way you can. Order takeout or delivery from your favorite local spot. Shout out your favorite shop on Instagram. Every little bit counts.