Wednesday, March 25, 2020

5 Things to Do While in Quarantine - Volume #2

Chocolate Olive Oil Cake

1. Bake something
I'm not usually into baking as much as I am cooking, but there's something about the process that's soothing, all-consuming and helps pass the time. You have to measure, pay attention and follow instructions. It's a good distraction, a way to keep busy and you get to eat the fruits of your labour. This week I baked a chocolate olive oil cake, which is one of my all-time faves. We've been noshing on it for days and I even delivered some and left it in the garden of some close friends as a treat from the quarantine fairy while on my daily walk. This recipe is by Nigella Lawson and is gluten-free if you make it as intended with almond flour, but there's also an option for using regular flour too. Click here to see Nigella Lawson's Chocolate Olive Oil Cake recipe.

2. Stretch
Depending on the lifestyle you normally have, the sedentary nature of staying home all the time might have you feeling stiff. Get up for a stretch. Grab a yoga mat or a towel, get on the floor and stretch out your tight muscles & joints. If you aren't sure what to do, look for a YouTube video - there are loads. I bet you'll be feeling pretty great afterwards.

3. Watch a documentary
Sometimes documentaries fall through the cracks, but they're a great way to keep your mind active and often great for discussing with partners or roommates afterwards. At a time when we can't really say "how's work" or "what have you been up to" a documentary might be just what you need to get the conversations going. A few I've enjoyed recently have been Dancer, Gaga Five Foot Two, The Dawn Wall and Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, all of which are currently available on Netflix here in the UK.

4. Buy a new workout outfit
If you run it might be the only time right now other than a trip to the grocery store when people will see your outfit. If you work out at home alone, you deserve a bit of incentive to keep going and an outfit that makes you feel fierce. Either way, treating yourself to some new kit is a great way to keep supporting the economy while not wasting money on something you don't need right now. It might make you feel a bit more normal too.

5. Make a list of quotes you love
A little bit of inspiration can go a long way when you're feeling blue, defeated, helpless or hopeless. Make a list of your favourite quotes and hang them on the fridge or somewhere you can see them so they can help you stay motivated with your eyes on the prize. Think of it as a pep talk that's there and ready for you whenever you need it. If you're not sure where to start, try Goodreads.com
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