I’ve been self-quarantining for 57 days at this point and have learned a lot about being cooped up at home and coping with the fears and anxieties I have with what is going on in the world. These are a few of the small things that have made me feel positivity and joy and, as dramatic as it sounds, saved my life during this time.
I’ve loved peanut butter before, but wow, it has become even more of a staple in my diet recently.
My favorite snack in quarantine has been sliced apples with peanut butter. Something about that combination brings me back to my childhood and tastes like a caramel apple, except it’s obviously not as bad for you. My boyfriend even made apple teeth using marshmallows adhered to the apple slices with peanut butter, which I didn’t even know existed until I looked at Pinterest! I’ve also been eating a lot of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and peanut butter and Nutella sandwiches, which I used to eat a lot in my college dorm when I did not feel like going to the dining hall. I was even eating Jif peanut butter because that was all they had when I made a grocery run, but I recently discovered MaraNatha Peanut Butter, which has become my new favorite. I’m so glad I’ve gotten to rekindle my love for peanut butter.
This is somewhat related to peanut butter, but I’ve had a routine of eating sandwiches for lunch and it’s made lunchtime much easier for me. My go-to combo has been Dave’s Killer Bread 21 Whole Grains and Seeds (toasted) with Muenster cheese, sliced deli turkey, spinach, and Dijon mustard. Sometimes I’ll grill the bread with butter if I’m feeling decadent, or sometimes I’ll even opt for vegan cheese slices and plant-based “turkey” meat. I also cut the sandwich diagonally into triangles to make it feel like I purchased it from a café. Pro-tip: after you toast your bread, put the cheese directly onto the bread, then add the other toppings. The cheese will melt a little and binds and doesn’t make the sandwich taste as dry.
I previously mentioned that I listen to podcasts while doing chores, and that’s all thanks to my wireless headphones. It’s made cleaning much more enjoyable and something I look forward to doing now, from doing the dishes to sweeping/mopping the floor. The headphones I own are also noise-cancelling, so I’ve used it to meditate if I want background noise or even if I just want to listen to something and be in my own bubble to block out negativity online or in the news. I’m grateful that I have found a way to be motivated to do chores and stay caught up on all of my podcasts.
Bumble and bumble Don’t Blow It
These days I’m really lazy to put in the normal effort I do in my daily routines, so you can imagine that I’m fed up with managing my hair. I usually straighten my naturally wavy hair through blow-drying and a flat iron, but right now I’m trying to give my hair a break. I’ve been using the Bumble and bumble Don’t Blow It to air dry my hair and not use heat-styling tools—something I legitimately have not done in almost 6 years. I’ve been also been using a heatless wave method when my hair is 70% dry by splitting my hair into two twisting my strands outwards and leaving it in hair elastics for a couple of hours. It’s been nice to give my hair a break from heat, and I’m hoping my hair can be healthier—especially as I grow it out because who knows when’s the next time I can get a haircut!
Whenever I feel sluggish or negative, I do an at-home workout video on YouTube and instantly feel better. I’m definitely not taking as many steps as I did before, so doing an indoor workout helps me break a sweat and gets my body moving. I’ve been a fan of Cassey Ho, aka blogilates, for years and have been doing her apartment-friendly workouts in particular. I usually follow that up with a yoga video from Yoga with Adriene to work on flexibility and balance. I definitely don’t try to force myself to work out if I don’t feel like it, but trying to do it at least 3 times a week has helped me out a lot, physically and mentally.
What are the things that have been helping you get through quarantine?