Every March, Leigh Anne at A Day in the Life hosts a virtual party for Slicers, and many of us drop by at some point during the month. To fit with the times, this year she is hosting a self-care spring fling.
Here are the three ideas I would share for how to care for yourself right now.
Get a pet. One positive trend during global pandemic quarantine: people are fostering animals. Shelters need foster families, especially with kitten season upon us. My cats bring me so much joy and laughter and cuddles and calm each day. They don’t know there’s a global pandemic on or that the news gets more horrific day by day. They only know they are currently living their best life with their people home so much. Doesn’t your heart just melt when you see this picture? We all need #SupportPets right now.
Try yoga. We’re cooped up inside, and we’re all likely sitting far more than we usually do. Yoga stretches us out, builds strength, and calms our minds. If you’ve never practiced before, I recommend the Yoga with Adriene YouTube channel. I have spent so many hours with Adriene over the years that I feel like she is my personal yoga instructor–mine and several million others! She’s encouraging and goofy and full of wisdom (and so young! How is she so wise and so young?!), and she is an excellent instructor. Each January she offers a 30-day yoga challenge with a new practice each day. Her 30 Days of Yoga is one of my favorites, and the first day is fittingly called Ease into It. Another option for any level is the Down Dog app, free for teachers and students until July 1. And my personal favorite right now is Erik Hinton’s live yoga class from his NYC apartment. It’s usually at 6 pm EST, but follow Erik on Twitter @ErikHinton to find out the daily time. It’s really not for beginners, but if you’ve been practicing for awhile it’s a good one. I find that I like showing up to a live class; it makes me feel more connected, less isolated.
Read a poem. This is a good time to commit to reading a poem every day. You can subscribe to Poem a Day and receive a poem in your email, curated by a different poet each month. Also consider following your favorite contemporary poets on Twitter. Two to get you started: Maggie Smith shares interesting poems and articles, and Ilya Kaminsky shares lines of poetry as tweets throughout the day.
As for party favors, two kittens for each guest did cross my mind (always, always get cats in pairs! You won’t ever regret a sib group, and you and they will be happier if they have a playmate.). But since it seems a bit unwieldy to coordinate kittens for all, I’m going to bring something else you might need: a roll of toilet paper for each guest! I am not quite sure why my mother always buys too much toilet paper, but she does and has for all of my life. And I am now so grateful for those extra packages that I had no idea where to store. We didn’t need to buy any toilet paper at the beginning of this crisis, because we already had a year’s supply. (Ok, exaggerating for effect here, but we did already have a lot.) I am very happy to share so that you, too, can feel TP secure.
What will you be bringing to the party?