What good things have come out of your time in quarantine?
I bet it’s something and I want to know what it is. Did you learn how to play the ukulele? Have you finally mastered the perfect ratio of bubble bath to water? Did you learn something about your partner you never knew before? Was it that he is actually a ghost from the 1970s and has been dead this whole time? Because obviously, we all want to hear that story so stop being so selfish and tell us. Or maybe you organized your pantry or whatever.
Regardless, I want to know what you have learned, started learning, excelled at, or changed during this most unusual time in all our lives. Here’s mine:
Working on my splits
I am going to get into my side and center splits for the first time. As a dancer and lazy yoga participant I’ve always worked on my flexibility, committing to long daily stretches for sometimes months at a time, but I never really had a goal. My time in quarantine has allowed me to solidify a goal and a plan and has given me the time to actively work on it.
More than that, because my ambitious nature has nowhere to go, it’s gone all the way to Costa Rica. I have decided to treat myself to the Blue Osa Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica the second my crotch touches the ground.
Now you can follow my crotch and my progress on Instagram to splitsville and beyond.
A SIDE NOTE: using a pilates mat instead of a yoga mat has made a world of difference in my practice. It’s infinitely softer and denser than a yoga mat and is great for my knees, hips, wrists and elbows. I like this one to start because it’s a good price point and is made from non-toxic, thick material.
Growing out my roots
I am not a natural redhead. I’ve color treated my hair religiously for going on a decade and it shows. I am milking the absolute shit out of the time that I have no one to see and nowhere to go by growing out my roots. You might be thinking, “Wow, DGGYST, you mean your hair and nails continue to grow?”
You bet your ass they do.
Sometimes appreciating the passive benefits of things out of your control can make all the difference in your mood.
Spending this time doing oil and deep conditioning treatments and simply not curling, spraying, or dyeing my hair has its rewards and I’m going to appreciate that.
In fact, all kinds of great passive things are happening. My elbow is healing from my forced break from three times a week Jiu-Jitsu classes, my eyelashes are thicker than ever after a long hiatus from mascara, and my body is healing in all kinds of ways I never had the time to let it.
20,000 steps per day
I should preface this with the fact that I was Elizabeth Bennet in my last life and love to go on walks come rain or shine regardless. I have been taking an extra-long morning, afternoon, and evening walk, sometimes even a late-night one on top of that. My little step tracker tells me I have racked up about 20-22,000 steps a day for the last month and it has been glorious.
There is so much more to walking than left foot forward, right foot forward, repeat. From burning fat to opening up my creativity, having this time to get outside and walk has been the highlight of quarantine for me.
I am actually going to do a whole post on walking, and you will read it and you will like it.
Go on, then
There are a lot of sucky downsides to this scary, uncharted time, and we bitched about that last week. This week I want to know what intentional or incidental benefits you have reaped from your time in quarantine.
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