Quarantine Pick-Me-Ups


I’m not sure what the situation is where you are, but Illinois extended the stay-at-home order until the end of May. As I prepare for another 30 days of quarantine, there are a few things that have made it easier during this time of uncertainty. I thought I’d share in case you’re looking for a few pick-me-ups too.

Book of the Month
After a ton of recommendations from my friends, I joined the Book of the Month program. It’s essentially a $15 monthly membership and you choose one of the five books they offer each month. They are hard covered books and ship for free! I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to find a book I’d like each month, but they pick a good variety of genres and you can pause or cancel at any time. My first book is scheduled to arrive today, and I have been excitedly checking the shipping updates each day. If you want to try it out, you can use my link to get your first book for only $5! I’m already looking forward to picking out my book for the month of May.

Fresh flowers 
My mom picked up a small pot of pink hydrangeas a few weeks ago and they have been the perfect addition to my desk while I e-learn. It can get a bit mundane sitting at my desk all day because I’m used to running around campus every day and I am not loving the complete switch to being stationary. It may be small, but the pop of pink is a nice change of scenery and a great thing to have in the back of my Zoom meetings ;). 

Blown out hair
Another weird transition for me was going from getting dressed up with my hair and makeup done each day to having no reason to. It felt so odd and like I was on a huge break from school rather than just taking things online. I found that blowing out my hair after I shower helps me feel the tiniest bit more put together, even if I’m putting on leggings and a sweatshirt after. I use the Revlon barrel hair dryer and love it. Gets the job done in 10-15 minutes.

Nancy Myers’ Kitchen Playlist
After about week 3 of working from home and e-learning, I was getting pretty bored with my usual music choices. I found the Nancy Myers’ Kitchen playlist on Spotify and have had it on repeat all week. The playlist has a ton of songs from her movies like “The Parent Trap,” “The Holiday” and “The Intern” to name a few plus other songs that fit the vibe. It’s 16 hours long so it doesn’t feel repetitive and is easy to have on all day.

What has helped you feel a bit better during quarantine?


  1. We are deciding what to do with another 30 days in Illinois.
    Fortunately my husband is able to work from home.
    I am unable to go and visit my mother who lives with a brother in a condo because I do not want to bring in different germs to her. She is one who does have underlying health conditions. She is fortunate to have my brother there.
    Hopefully the weather will be better soon and we can go outdoors for walks more often.

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