When I feel stressed (like most days now) I distract myself in any way that I can. There are days I just have to find activities to take my mind off of it all. Maybe some of these comforts/distractions/activities will interest you. I’d love to hear how you are coping with 2020.
YouTube workout videos. The last place I want to be during this pandemic is the gym so I have been walking regularly. A few weeks ago our temperatures soared into the 90s so I looked for an indoor option. I already enjoyed Yoga with Adrienne on YouTube, so I turned to YouTube to see what I could find. Jenny McClendon offers Fit over Fifty and beginner classes that provide a workout very conducive to the home space. The same can be said for Team Body Project. Team Body Project shows variations during the workout so that no matter your fitness level you can follow along. Both programs have classes that fit your schedule so there’s really no excuse not to exercise often. Trust me, I am no fitness enthusiast but I want to be able to have a full life into old age. That’s really my goal.
Knit Pants. Even though you are working out, you still need some comfy yoga pants to lounge around in. I want pants I can wear on errands as well and look presentable. Remember Land’s End? I highly recommend their active yoga pant. They are good quality, wash well, and are not expensive. I just wish they had more colors.
Chicken Noodle Soup. This is something you can throw together using pantry staples and leftover chicken or a rotisserie chicken. I like this recipe which I adapt to what I have on hand. Sauteeing the onions and celery (carrots too) in oil or butter adds so much taste. No chicken broth? Use water and a bullion cube or two.
The Gardener. This documentary will have you wanting to go visit not only this beautiful garden but any garden. There is something so soul restoring about the natural beauty of the world. Sink into this one. I can watch it again and again.
Jamie Oliver’s Ultimate Veg cookbook. There are many reasons to cut back on your meat intake and this cookbook makes it easy. The recipes are mostly simple and really delicious and satisfying. I’m working my way through it . The Summer Tagliatelle, is absolutely one of my favorites.
Let me know in the comments what is getting you through these crazy times.