Updated: Mar 26
2020 has been a tough year to stomach so far. In Australia we've had a horrendous bushfire season and now the world is in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic. We all know by now that the best thing us individuals can do is practice social distancing, stay inside and only leave our homes if we have to work or gather essential supplies (food, medicine etc). You'd be excused if you were feeling a bit anxious, stir crazy, or even bored. I wouldn't discourage people from watching the news but limiting your viewing/reading to once a day to check the major developments and turning off news notifications on your phones could do wonders for your mood. We've put together a list of some other ways you could spend your time, and also ways to avoid visiting malls or supermarkets to get your essentials.
Order a produce bag (or get it delivered)
Avoid the major supermarkets by ordering a fruit and veggie boxes or buy your veggies from your local farmers market. Cutting out the large middleman can save you money and also ensure farmers receive the money they deserve. Some of our favourites are linked below:
Order takeaway from your favourite cafe/restaurant
This doesn't sound important but I can guarantee you that your local cafe or restaurant is struggling right now. We recommend giving them a call or checking their instagram to see what they're offering at the moment. Many have created amazing takeaway menus and offerings almost overnight.
Some of our favourites include:
- The take home pasta kits from Ragazzi.
- Continental Deli's tinned soups, sandwiches, pastas and their "Quarantinny" tinned martini.
- Rising Sun's takeaway ramen, complete with frozen broth, dried noodles and fresh toppings all ready for you to make at home.
- Eleven Events - they have new produce baskets delivered to your door https://www.eleven-events.com.au/
Rediscover your love of cooking (or learn to cook)
Theres no better time for practising all that you've learnt from watching way too many hours of ridiculous TV cooking shows. Dust off those recipe books you haven't opened for years and get started!
If you need a bit more inspiration my go-to is the recipe database at SBS Food online.
If you're feeling adventurous there are a lot of professional chefs around the world (and in Australia) who are offering up their favourite recipes or doing Instagram live cooking tutorials.
- Julia Busuttil Nishimura offering her 7 days of home-cooked meal ideas here.
- Frederik Bille Brahe of Atelier September fame instagramming how to cook some of his restaurant favourites including his honey, olive oil and vanilla granola, zucchini jam, and his simple yet delicious porridge recipe.
Seek out good news!
We've all got a list of books we want to read in our lifetime, maybe now is the time to start! No-one should ever complain of boredom when they have books in their shelves. While you still can, visit your local bookshop ,or buy online, most online retailers are offering free shipping at the moment.
Be in Nature
Not only is it proven to reduce stress but its also a great way to get away from people! If you're lucky enough to live near a park or reserve or outside a city, go for a walk and be present with your surroundings.
Now might be a good time to listen to more podcasts or audio books. Listen while you're cooking, walking, exercising or curled up on the couch.
Our current faves:
- Impact Theory by Tom Bilyeu. One of his latest episodes is with a Behavioural Neuroscientist on how to break the Coronavirus anxiety cycle. Listen here.
- Ideas at the House. An amazing archive of talks from events and festivals over the years at the Sydney Opera House. Listen here.
- Chat 10 Looks 3. Possibly the best way to take your mind of things is listening to Annabel Crabb and Leigh Sales simply discuss what they're currently watching, reading, cooking and listening to. Dig deep into the archive! Listen here.
If we're all being told to isolate and lay low for a while you have no excuse to not get your body moving! The internet is literally full of body-weight exercise videos, yoga tutorials and Insta influencer workouts. Some of the easiest options are:
- Buy some cheap dumbbells, kettle bells, a yoga mat or some resistance bands and google a workout.
- Go for a morning run. Or even an evening walk after dinner (keep your 1.5m distance from people).
- A lot of yoga, pilates and barre studios are now offering cheap online memberships where they live-stream or upload videos of workouts you can do at home. Our favourites are Barre Body and Egg of the Universe.
Stay safe. Wash your hands. And please stay at home as much as you can.