Stressing Over Covid

It’s safe to say that more than a few of us could use some much-needed distractions from Covid, financial worries, politics, media, and literally everything else. Finding healthy ways to cope with stressing over covid is the secret ingredient behind a successful, happy life. 

Humans are simply not programmed to victoriously deal with anxiety 24/7. So as a little “just because” gift for you, here are 10 creative pastimes I’ve thoroughly enjoyed during my extra quarantine time, and ideas I’m sure you’ll love as well.

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10 Creative Past-times that’ll distract you from Quarantine Stress

1. Home Decorating

The literal best excuse for redecoration is seasonal changes. It just wouldn’t feel right for your living space to give off Summer vibes by the time Pumpkin Spice season rolls around.

 There’s nearly nothing that quite makes you feel like your life is put together like rearranging, reorganizing, and beautifying the rooms you see every day.

Even if you’re not looking to match the season, any day is a good day to revamp your humble abode.

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2. Teach your dog a new trick

  • Dog adoptions have literally boomed during Covid19, so if you didn’t have one before, chances are you do now.

  • The best doggy parents take times out of their busy days to at least teach their pooches basic tricks, like sit or lie down.

  • There are tons of tutorials online for successfully teaching even stubborn pups all kinds of tricks and commands.

  • This is a productive pastime that’ll continue reaping results even years down the line.

3. Learn modern calligraphy

I say modern calligraphy because traditional calligraphy can quickly become an expensive and time-consuming hobby. Instead of investing in ink and nibs, all you need is a nice brush pen from a local craft store, and you’ll be good to go.

I was able to snag the best brush pen I’ve ever owned for just $2.99 at Hobby Lobby– coupon in hand of course. Major craft retailers basically always offer coupons on their websites so this skill can easily be acquired on a budget.

Plus modern calligraphy is so versatile and inspirational that literally anyone can add their own unique spin to the writing process.

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4. Become a hard-core bullet journaler

  • Bullet Journals have been huge for a couple of years now, but quarantine finally gave journalers everywhere the actual time to make their planners pretty.

  • Stickers, stamps, markers, pens, and highlighters have been happily incorporated into bullet journals nation-wide (And all the photos on Instagram and Pinterest will prove it!)

  • Bullet journals are intrinsically stress-relieving and motivating since they help you layout, plan, and reflect on your life. You literally have all your goals and schedules in one crafty book, and that my friends is a beautiful thing.

5. Learn how to dance

Getting your body moving is one of the best things you can do for yourself, due to it’s numerous mental, physical, and psychological effects. Dealing with muscle aches and pains from sitting down all day is something that none of us want to deal with. 

In fact, most of us have hidden inner party animals just waiting to be unleashed. Whether you’re more into Hip Hop, Jazz, Ballet, Tap dancing, Salsa, Breakdancing, or Ballroom Dancing, now is the perfect time to finally hone in on your dancing skills.

Not only is it a great workout, but it’s also a great confidence-booster. All the videos and programs online can easily make this into more than just a dream.

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6. Channel your inner painter

You’ve probably dismissed painting as a viable hobby in the past, but there’s actually a legit reason that The Notebook’s Allie was so distressed when admitting to Noah that she didn’t paint anymore. Painting is one of those few one-size-fits-all hobbies where personal expression is encouraged and embraced. Finding a way to ‘paint your emotions’ is one of the healthiest ways to deal with them. The benefits of painting include relieving stress, creative growth, memory enhancement, problem-solving and motor skills improvement, emotional growth, and optimism stimulation. 

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7. Channel your inner yogi

Yoga is a practice that is just as much about getting in tune with your mental health as your physical health. 

The meditation aspect of it is enough to justify daily setting aside time for the practice. Quite literally described as a “body flow,” yoga is the key to letting loose and releasing any unwanted tension. Building flexibility, strength, and mental endurance are three skills any of us could stand to gain both during and after this pandemic.

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8. Join a new social network

Social networks are pretty much the best mediums for creative expression. You’re able to connect with like-minded individuals and garner inspiration from all over the world. Popular social platforms like Pinterest, Reddit, Instagram, and Facebook each offer their own unique benefits for creative minds.

But if you’re looking for a more personal virtual community filled with users looking to help others through the posting of local photos, then you’ll love Pingster. Through Pingster, you’ll not only be able to play around with your device’s photography features and in-app photo editing tools but also have a digital scrapbook for lifelong reference.

It’ll be a virtual photo album for yourself and others, sharing the stories of the places you’ve been. And let’s be real, planning future trips and sightseeing even on a digital scale are enjoyable, stress-relieving pastimes in themselves. 

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9. D.I.Y Everything

I totally understand if you’re not at all comfortable in your craftsmanship skills, but any improvement is worth it when it comes to the money you’ll save and the memories you’ll make. Instead of immediately buying the next item or service you set your mind on, try doing it yourself first.

Need a pedicure? Grab a bottle and paint those toes. Want a new picture frame? Try your hand at making one. Even investments like a sewing machine or woodburning set will eventually be surpassed by any finished products you would’ve purchased instead.

D.I.Y skills are lifelong assets that you can literally pass down from generation to generation. They’re something to be proud of and even offer you the possibility of becoming a parttime artisan in the future.

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10. Poetry

Reading poetry offers benefits in itself, but writing poetry? Now that’s a serious life upgrade. The benefits of writing your own poems include cognitive function improvement, the healing of emotional pain, an enhanced ability to express love and affection, greater self-awareness, and the beautiful offer of inspiration to others. Plus, if you really get good at it, a handwritten personalized poem is a gift more appreciated by a loved one than any store-bought item. 

Final Thoughts

So I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling less stressed after simply writing this article. And if you try your hand at one, two, or all of these ideas, then I’m sure you will too. It’s so important to take care of your mental health even when maintaining physical health is at the forefront of most of our minds. While I, unfortunately, can’t provide the cure for Covid, I hope these ideas will at least serve as pain relievers.

If you’d like to keep up with other activities I’m doing and trips I’m taking to maintain a positive mindset despite the current global scene, then join me on Pingster. The only social network focused more on building a community than a hierarchy. Can’t wait to see your photos!

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