Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Rockin' Reads, Terrific Television Shows, And Other Fun Stuff To do While Stuck At Home.

In the midst and height of social distancing, #stayathome, and Coronavirus, I thought to come up with some fun lists for fellow readers and fellow humans for potential inspiration, ideas, and possible enjoyment.  In the meantime, please also share your own suggestions, recommendations, and the fun stuff you have come up with for engaging in while stuck at home too!

There is certainly something in here for everyone and all differing tastes.

So, without further ado, a plethora of great ways to spend your time right now...

Rockin' Recommended Reads

-Call Me By Your Name by Andre Acimen
-Man's Search For Himself by Rollo May
-Zen and the Art of Happiness by Chris Prentiss
-Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
-Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
-Shrill by Lindy West
-The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
-How Will You Measure Your Life by Clayton Christensen
-Rage Becomes Her by Soraya Chemaly
-Beartown by Fredrik Backman

Terrific T.V.

-Six Feet Under
-The Wire
-Friday Night Lights
-The Office
-Curb Your Enthusiasm
-Game of Thrones
-The Affair

Fantastic Films

-There Will Be Blood
-Pan's Labyrinth
-The Nightmare Before Christmas
-It's a Wonderful Life
-A Man Called Owe
-Brittany Runs a Marathon
-Little Women (the new or the old one)
-Edward Scissorhands
-Last of the Mohicans

Great Games

-Guess Who?
-Cards Against Humanity
-Zombie Dice
-Twister or Hide and Go Seek

Delicious Desserts

-Less-Sugar Triple Chocolate Mousse
-Country Livin' Sweet Potato Pie
-Mostly Healthy Matcha Truffles
-Grain-Free Walnut Cardamom Cake with Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting
-Cranberry Curd Tart (sugar-free, dairy-free, and wheat-free).
-Paleo Pumpkin Pie
-Chocolate Paleo Cupcakes
-Vanilla Paleo Cupcakes
-Blackberry Poppyseed Cheesecake
-Wheat-free Carrot Cake

Healthy (and Yummy) Eats

-Grain Honey Mustard Marinated Salmon
-Summer Quinoa Buddha Bowl
-Wheat-free Pizza 
-Wheat-Free Pancakes
-Buckwheat Pancakes
-Raw Vegan Lasagna
-Green Summer Rolls with Mango Miso Sauce
-Cashew Coconut Thai Salmon Curry
-Paleo Fish Taco Bowls
-Greek Style Baked Cod with Lemon and Garlic

Exercise-At-Home Ideas

-Foot injury workout routine (I've been using this one lately!)
-10-minute booty strengthening workout
-Various cardio routines
(I highly recommend YouTube for finding some of these.  Just search and you will certainly find loads of good workouts, with minimal equipment needed.  You can get an awesome workout with your body alone).

Other Great Ways to Use Your Time While Stuck at Home (Working Remotely Aside)

-Take naps.  Getting enough sleep is crucial to a strong immune system.  If your schedule allows it, squeeze in a 30-minute nap (in addition to making sure you are getting 8-9 solid hours each night).

-Schedule Skype or Zoom dates with close friends to keep in touch.  Have tea together and just talk for an hour or two.  You might be surprised how rejuvenating and joy-inducing this is.  To both see their face and connect with someone whom you care for.  If you can, do one of these per day.  If not that frequently, shoot for a few each week.

-Journaling.  Writing in a journal comes with a whole host of benefits.  It can help you to de-stress, assist with the sorting through your emotions, improve your writing skills, be a great support in working through difficult emotions or complicated thoughts, etc.

-Learning a new skill.  Been wanting to improve your baking or cooking skills?  To expand your recipe repertoire?  Interested in learning a new language?  Or, planting a garden in your back yard?  Wanting to get into sewing or playing an instrument?  Now is the time.

-Listening to music.  It's a great time for putting on your favorite tunes and dancing around the living room, kitchen, bedroom, you name it.  Not only does this boost your mood, but it's also great exercise.

-Meditating.  This can be an excellent means of clearing your mind, relaxing, and learning to center your thoughts and body.  I've heard great things about it.  Thus, if interested, now is a great time to experiment with meditation.

-Working on Your Goals.  Whether that is writing a book, getting into better shape, reading more, connecting more deeply with your loved ones, coming up with a better financial plan, getting more sleep, etc, now is a perfect time to hone in on and push toward actualizing your goals.

For those who are not sick right now, and those who are reasonably stable financially (if both of these factors fit you and your life right now, you are incredibly blessed.  Remember this, every single day), this can be a time of reset and opportunity.  A time during which to make the most of each of your days.

In the words of Seneca: "It's not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it."

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