If there's one thing about isolation, social distancing, or whatever we're calling it, it sucks. Am I right? And because it sucks, I feel we need to have ways to do things throughout our day to help us deal with the monotony, stress, boredom and anything else that can make it kind of suck more.
So, in this episode, I speak about:
10 Isolation Boredom Breakers!
- Wake up early
- Do exercise (DDPYoga.com) <- I make nothing from this. It's a great program that may help others as it helped me!
- Make Bed / Clean
- Online Learning & Self-Improvement
- Go to "your" spot and read
- Meditate (Calm APP)
- Date Night (Do a virtual hang out. Socially interact with someone)
- Soak in the Tub!
- Go to bed early
I quickly cover Small Business Administration loans for struggling businesses.
I ask us all to take a reality check.
I close with this quote by William Faulkner from the Art of Manliness:
I decline to accept the end of man. It is easy enough to say that man is immortal because he will endure: that when the last ding-dong of doom has clanged and faded from the last worthless rock hanging tideless in the last red and dying evening, that even then there will still be one more sound: that of his puny inexhaustible voice, still talking. I refuse to accept this. I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance. The poet’s, the writer’s, duty is to write about these things. It is his privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart, by reminding him of the courage and honor and hope and pride and compassion and pity and sacrifice which have been the glory of his past. The poet’s voice need not merely be the record of man, it can be one of the props, the pillars to help him endure and prevail. ~William Faulkner
10 Isolation Boredom Breakers
Wake up early
Waking up early does so much for letting you face the day. Get up and take charge of your day. Be like, “All right, I'm gonna knock out like a workout.” By early, I mean, you know, before like nine o'clock, whatever. This is one of the most challenging for me.
I make nothing from this. It's a great program that may help others as it helped me! I am a big fan of the Diamond Dallas Page Yoga (DDPYoga.com). It's online. 80 bucks a year, 40 bucks for veterans. Do something so you can be physically active in the day. We're not sitting on our ass in our house all day.
Make Bed / Clean
One thing they did when I was up at the PTSD Tuku camp this summer. They made me make my bed every day. And you know what? I still do it. Every morning I get up and make my bed. I could be a total just garbage bag of worthlessness for the rest of the day. And I got something done.
Get it out there and just let it go. Just sit down. Don't think about it. Just let the pen let your hand do the work. Document your feelings. Document what's going on right now. It helps release some of that anxiety and get some stuff out of your head.
Online Learning & Self-Improvement
Do some online training, some self-improvement stuff. A lot of people are offering free (some are reduced priced) courses. Start with Youtube. Learn some Spanish, Chinese, or anything you’re interested in.
Go to "Your" Spot and Read
Find a spot in your house or out in your yard -- someplace you can go and not violate the bubble or whatever we got going on. Read a book. Maybe if you only open it for five minutes a day, even better if you try to get half an hour and lose yourself in a book.
I know a lot of people call it goofy. Meditating is hard. It's really, really hard to get it under control. But I'll tell you what, once you figure out how to meditate, you can start to quiet your mind. There's a great app that helps you like learn how to meditate. (Calm APP)
This doesn't mean you have to be locked up with somebody. Do a virtual hang out. Socially interact with someone)
Soak in the Tub!
If you have the opportunity to soak in a bathtub, go and relax!
Go to bed early
Get some rest. Have a good night sleep. So that way you can get up early and take charge of your day.
Never forget, you’re just one prep away.
If you have any other thoughts or questions about isolation boredom breakers, please leave a comment below.
Stay safe, secure and prepared,