We at Stargazer Goods, like many others, are staying home because of the pandemic and a stay at home order from our state governor. We understand that many of you are having a tough time, we want you to know that you are not alone. Here are some things we've found that helps with stir craziness.
Meditating right after you wake up and right before you sleep greatly reduces your stress and helps put your mind to ease and help support emotional health. We find that when we meditate we are able to concentrate better. There are many useful apps and videos online that help you learn how to meditate correctly. At first it may feel a little odd or silly, but if you continue each day, it will become easier to clear you mind. Here is a link to a great page we found on meditation https://www.mindful.org/how-to-meditate/
Our state allows us, during this pandemic, to go outside to exercise, please check your stay at home orders to see if you are still able to go outside. If you are going outside, please be mindful of others and maintain a 6 foot distance from one another and don't run behind anyone. We like to take daily walks through our neighborhood. We also watch youtube videos of yoga. If you have a home gym, take advantage of that. Like meditation, exercising creates important endorphins that help your body and mind. It's important at this time to keep up on your health.
We have always had a garden, but feel that at this time it is more important. We garden as a family and nothing makes our daughter more proud than seeing her veggies grow big and strong. Getting outside and working with your hands is very rewarding. Growing your own food can also help limit the times that you need to go to the grocery store. If you don't have a yard, there are many alternatives, like having large potted plants near windows.
Video games, board games, and brain games is another good way to keep your mind busy. Right now Jordan and I take little video game breaks as a little escape. One game that I highly recommend right now would be Animal Crossing New Horizons. The game is done in real time and focuses on building a peaceful utopia of animal villagers. If you are stuck at home with family, I recommend table top and board games. Dungeons and Dragons, card games, or even jigsaw puzzles are great to play with others.
This is something that Jordan does every morning after his meditation and what April likes to do before bed. It's a great way to get out your feelings and plans for the future. Your journal can be about anything.
6. Create art
We honestly believe that everyone is capable to create art. Our advice is to not over think it and just let your imagination flow. There are many free videos on youtube on how to create certain projects and how to get better at art.
7. Study new things
It's never been a better time to grow your horizons. Learn a new language, study nutrition and proper health, learn more about what interests you, and much more. With the internet there is no limit to the new things that you can learn. Don't let your brain become static.
8. Talk to others
Get back in touch with those you know in your life. Check in on grandparents or your long lost school friend. If you're a parent, talk to another adult, get those parent frustrations out! Vent to someone you know you can trust and who has your best interest at heart.
9. Binge watch your favorite shows
Watching tv or videos in moderation is okay. Don't forget to rest your eyes and make sure that you're not becoming a couch potato. We really like to watch documentaries, cartoons, and comedy shows. Watch what you like, but we suggest something light hearted at this time.
There is no age limit on play. Play with your children, your pets, or your significant other. Play hide and seek in the house, or take turns hiding an object for others to find. Bust out your old lego set, make some dough to play with.
This ends out list of things that we've found to help keep ourself occupied during this difficult time. Please remember to breath, we will be okay. We as a people have come out of some very very hard times in our history. Remember to be kind to yourself and others. If you need help, please do hesitate to reach out to organizations, others you know that can help, or even on online communities. As much chaos there seems to be right now, we've seen a huge surge in camaraderie. In order to rise above this we need to work together. Stay safe and don't forget to drink your water.