8 Things To Do During Shelter-In-Place

From Scott’s Perspective – April 2020 Newsletter

Jeanne and I in Vogel State Park (pre-covid19)

COVID–19…Three months ago, we had no idea it existed. Yet, here we are… in week three of our “social distancing” experiment, and week one of “shelter in place.” For many of us, hanging out in our homes way more than normal makes us feel like caged animals. Our mind craves structure and consistency and instead we are thrown into this endless loop of anger, fear, disbelief and acquiescence…. But the uncertainty of it all is what really takes its toll. When will this all end? …Will I lose my job?… Be furloughed? …Will I have enough money?… Am I safe going out?… Is my family safe? …Now, more than ever, it is so important that we make an extra effort to keep our mind quiet and focus on what we can control as opposed to what we can’t. For instance, two weeks in, I began to realize the poisonous effect of the daily news on the way I was experiencing the current state of life, so I just stopped watching it. It was like switching a light on the things that mattered enough to spend time on, resulting on the following list of things that can be accomplished during a pandemic shutdown:

1. Purchase a New Home

Prior to COVID19, we were staring at a very robust spring housing market. As early as February, we were seeing multiple offers and practically everything. For those willing to get out there and continue the search, you will find a much more inviting landscape. The competition has evaporated and you will likely find sellers much more accommodating, particularly if they need to sell. Housing will likely bounce back quickly after this nightmare ends.

2. Refinance your current home

If your interest rate is 3.75% or higher, we need to have a conversation to determine whether or not it makes sense for you to be looking for a lower interest rate. There are many different factors that go into a decision like this but with rates at the lowest level ever, if you are planning on staying in your home for the foreseeable future, this could be a very compelling option.

3. Try Meditation

It’s a great way to take a step back from your thoughts, emotions and everything else going on around you, allowing you to simply focus on your breathing and to relax for just a few minutes every day. You’d be surprised how only 10 minutes a day can truly help. *Apps to try: Headspace; or Calm.

4. Stay Connected with Family and Friends

We crave face-to-face interaction with those we love, and yet that’s physically impossible right now for many of us. Alternatively, any number of apps and online tools can be used to stay close: Houseparty App (Free group video chatting); Marco Polo App (Free video messaging).

5. Create Projects & Crafts

To keep idle hands busy with fun things to do for everyone, check out these DIY videos by Blossom on their Facebook page: Blossom.

6. Stay In-Shape

Exercise continues to be one of the best ways to stay healthy and sane. Check out these 2 free apps with guided workouts for all fitness levels. You can do them from pretty much anywhere, even if you don’t have a lot of space. Freeletics & Fitbit Coach.

7. Stay Sharp

Cognitive training and brain gaming apps are great ideas for times like these if you’re fighting boredom. So if you’re looking for an activity that’s fun with educational benefits that helps you improve your skills, check out: Elevate App.

8. Complete Home Projects

Service Your Car; Clean the Garage; Purge the Pantry. – The idea is to actively nourish the space inside yourself while you are free to…Carpe Diem! — SDE