HOW I’M COPING WITH TOUGH DAYS:

I know I’m not the only one feeling bored, frustrated, scared, anxious, and at times hopeless. It’s such a weird time right now. Going out in public & having to wear a mask is so strange, staying home for days on end, and doing the same things every single day… it’s tough. How am I coping?

Well, let’s be real, I’m doing the best I can. I have broke down multiple times (feeling overwhelmed), but I try to stay positive. I allow myself to feel like shit, though. Taking care of two toddlers (mine & my sister’s) is exhausting. I don’t get any down time! Whatever your situation may be, you’re not alone. As corny as it is, we are all in this together. And we will get through this!

Here are some ways I’m coping with quarantine life & I hope you find some of these useful!

 

JOIN A BOOK CLUB OR BOOK SUBSCRIPTION:

I swear, reading has helped me pass time & it’s become one of my favorite hobbies. I currently have a subscription with BOOK OF THE MONTH & you can use MY LINK if you’re interested in signing up. No pressure! I’m loving it so far. I’m currently reading THE GIRL WITH THE LOUDING VOICE & it’s SO GOOOOOOOOD. I am loving it so far! I also downloaded GOODREADS app for my iPhone to keep track of the books I’ve read, read people’s book reviews, and connect with other bookworms!

 

PLANTING A MINI GARDEN/ TENDING TO PLANTS:

If you have some space (a backyard/patio/even a corner of your home) why not try gardening? Whether it’s a small vegetable garden, or a few plant babies- it’s so relaxing and therapeutic caring for plants.

 

GETTING OUTSIDE:

I know we all should be social distancing, but there’s NO problem with getting outdoors for a walk/run around the block! I have been making it a point to go for a walk around my neighborhood multiple times a week. It helps me clear my mind, get some sunshine, enjoy some fresh air, and get my steps in! The weather is getting warm where I live, so I refuse to stay indoors all day long.

 

WRITING IN MY JOURNAL:

Writing has always been super therapeutic for me. I have a journal I jot my feelings/thoughts into, and it helps me regulate my emotions. Sometimes I don’t feel like unloading all my shit onto my partner, so I’ll write it into my journal. I mostly always feel better afterwards, haha.

 

WATCHING A SHIT TON OF TV:

Okay, I do this one the most! After any long day, the first thing I want to do is curl up in my bed and watch some tv! I am a huge fan of anything on Bravo, HGTV, and the food network. What are some of your favorite shows? I would love to watch something new!

 

CLOSET PURGE:

I recently did a closet purge & posted so many things on Poshmark! (You can find me at @krystalmelissa on the Poshmark app. if you’re interested). Got plenty of free time? Spend some of it going through old clothing/shoes you no longer want and make money! I’m not sponsored saying this- I just think it’s great to make some extra cash & to organize your space at home! I hate clutter, and would love to eventually have a capsule wardrobe- so getting rid of a ton of things has been so freeing!

 

I hope some of these helped spark some ideas for you. I know I’m not the first one to do any of these, but these are some things that have been keeping me sane. Ha. I hope you all have a wonderful rest of the week! Talk to you all later, and take care.

 

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Finding happiness in the small things

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Life has been pretty monotonous. It’s the same thing every single day, and I’m not trying to sound like a negative complainer; I know I’m very grateful to be healthy. But today, I just felt so off. A little upset, annoyed, and just on edge. Has anyone else been feeling like this?

Some of the things that bring me happiness in these kinda depressing times is reading books, taking long walks outside with my daughter, hanging with Lola girl in the backyard, watching some good shows, and cooking. We recently subscribed to Hello Fresh (not sponsored) and they’ve been fun to cook for dinner. Not only are they super simple to make, but they take less than an hour from start to finish!

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Top: Italian meatloaf with potatoes and green beans. Bottom: Chimichurri pork chops with buttery black beans over rice.

They were both so good! We also made a Chickpea-Powdered Mediterranean Couscous – WOW. Probably one of my favorite meals we’ve made. I love couscous.

 

I’m just trying to keep myself sane in this scary and unknown time. I still occasionally go to Starbucks drive-thru (like once a week) just to get out of the house… but other than that, I’m home 24/7. I hope you all stay safe & had a lovely Easter. We still made an Easter basket for Ellie to open, and she loved all her new toys. I’m glad I was able to do that for her. The weather is warming up, so I look forward to blowing up our mini pool & having some fun with the girls! It’s the little things that bring us happiness & joy.

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Talk to you all later, I’m off to finish my 9th book of the year, and possibly watch more re-runs of New Girl on Netflix.

 

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