Surviving Quarantine and My Thoughts on the Coronavirus

I can’t believe I’ve been in quarantine for two and a half weeks already! I’m not entirely sure what day it is but I do know I have another month ahead of me and I’ve been doing my best to make the most of it. Recently, I was quoted in the New York Times along with a few other influencers about how this has affected me financially.

For the next two going on three months, all my trips have been canceled, so to say I have a lot of time on my hands is an understatement. Although I’m happy to do it, I think it’s important for everyone to stay home until we beat this virus. Where the travel industry will bee in months to come is anyone’s guess but hopefully, this will all be over soon. I thought I’d share what’s been keeping me busy so far and hope this might help some of you too!


1. Blogging

Probably the most content I have ever posted consecutively in any given week! Which is a good thing. Helping people is my passion, which is why I started this blog, and even something as trivial as helping someone start a blog makes me happy. So on that note, start a blog, build a website, or even learn how to code a website. Websites like WordPress, Wix, and Squarespace make website building so easy with plenty of free themes to use when you first start out. If you have a blog? Update it, figure out ways to monetize, and redesign media kits, etc.


2. Market Yourself

Anyone out there, with or without job, could benefit from marketing and making new network connections. Remember LinkedIn? Now is the time to use it! Looking for a mentor? Find someone you find aspirational and reach out to them. Ask for advice, support the people in your industry, and offer help to others if you have a special skill. We all have time to read an article, listen to a podcast, and learn a new skill so take advantage. I’ve been reaching out to brands and talking to them about partnerships and expanding my repertoire of networking relationships.


3. Learn

Is there something you’ve always wanted to learn but haven’t had a chance to do so? Want to learn a second a language, learn how to code, or to do some DIY home improvement? Take this opportunity to learn a new skill. With the internet at our fingertips, we can google and youtube almost anything. I’ve been taking advantage of these 450+ free online courses all taught by Ivy League schools. There are classes on marketing and pretty much everything under the sun so if you’d like to expand your mind this is a great place to start.


4. Cook a new recipe

Since restaurants and bars have closed down, dust off the old cookbooks and start experimenting. Don’t have cookbooks? Try the internet. Look up some food bloggers and try making a whole meal from scratch. I’ve been cooking breakfast, lunch, and dinner plus a few experimentations with bread and desserts. Focaccia bread is easily becoming my favorite go-to and I fear for my summer body, haha. I personally love using Pinterest as a resource for new recipes, so if you don’t have an account I’d definitely recommend making one! You can follow my account, @citygirlriss, for recipes and, of course, travel inspo.


5. Exercise

Whether you were working out before or after the quarantine there’s never been a better time to focus on your health. Even if you’re just going for a walk around the block. Since gyms are closed a lot of gyms and online workouts are free, so experiment with different workouts until you find one you like. I’ve been loving the Melissa Woodhealth workouts which are a combination of my two favorite workouts: yoga and pilates.


6. Read

Read what makes your happy, read what makes you sad, and read what inspires you. Read a new book, try an audiobook, read an online article, but most importantly, keep your mind going. I just bought the book The Artist’s Way, about unlocking your inner creativity, and I can’t wait to start my morning pages.


I hope this helps keep you sane during the quarantine! Leave a comment with what’s been working for you!


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