7 Health Practices to Keep After the Covid-19 Lockdown

If anyone had told me there would be a global pandemic that would lock-down the entire world and confine humans to their homes, stopping all manufacturing and travelling, I would have laughed and laughed and laughed.

Prior to 2020, none of that seemed even remotely possible!

And yet, here we are.

Across the globe we have all faced the exact same challenges, with the pandemic known as the Corona Virus (Covid-19).

Thanks to this virus and the way it so quickly infected people and some animals, with its varying aggressive strains, we as the human race had to take a hard look at our health practices and drastically upgrade them.

As I write this, many countries around the world are beginning to reopen up their businesses and people are coming out of quarantine, and interacting with each other in person again, after months of online socializing , but even as we are aware there must now be a ‘new normal’ as there is yet no marketable vaccine for this highly contagious virus, I know there are many practices that will continue to be enforced as good health practices, even after the epic time of Covid-19.

For me, here are the top personal practices that I’m going to be practicing forever!

(Click through the numbers below to read all of 7!)

9 Digital Date Night Ideas For Your Weekend

The call to stay home could not be louder these past few weeks, as the world works to stop the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, but what does that mean for date night?

Most of us are on quarantine lock down and practicing social distancing like the bosses we are, so that means unless your boo lives with you, you’ve suddenly found yourself in a long distance relationship.

And having been in one myself for a while I can tell you it is not at all easy, however, there are still many ways to hang out, see each other and most importantly, have date nights!

This weekend, here are a few digital ideas that could be awesome for your boo, your social circle or if you prefer self dates!

Listen to a Book Together

Tired of Netflix and Chilling, then why not try listening to a book together, for a cozy night in? Grab the wine, the blanket, your mobile and your Kindle, because Amazon Audible has you covered! Pick a book and let it play out, while you share in this cozy, digital date night moment. (This can also work for children, teens and just about anyone.)  Here’s the link: https://stories.audible.com/discovery

Dance Party

I’ve noticed as I scroll through social media that there are a few DJ’s who are holding living room dance parties online. I’m all into it. Imagine prepping your own drinks, logging into the lounge and dancing as crazy as you want, while the DJ earns his rep by playing all the hot tracks in his\ her unique way? How is that for a high energy digital date idea? Be as goofy and fun as you want!

If you’re not into the DJ scene, then do what I’ve been and call up your friends over whatsapp/skype/Zoom and let your Spotify/ Youtube playlist blast! Share it with your friends and get to burning your calories. This also works for karaoke parties.

Tour 17 Museums in Europe Virtually

Always wanted to visit some of the most amazing and intricately curated museums in the world, but ohhh the ticket price and time fam! Well now you can. Visit the Lourve The Grevin Museum, The Qui Branly Museum all in Paris as well as the Le Rijksmeseum, the Van Gogh Museum in Asterdam and the Pergamon Museum in Berlin among many, many others. Check out this link here:

Catch a Broadway Show

For a limited time during this quarantine you can stream Broadway musicals and plays for free online. Catch the playing of “Cats”, “Gypsy”, “Sweeney Todd,” “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill,” “A Night with Janis Joplin,” “Ann,” “Driving Ms. Daisy,” and more.

Stream BroadwayHD for your digital date night here: https://www.broadwayhd.com/

Visit Disney Land Virtually

Want to spend some time enjoying the lovable theme parks of Disneyland? You still can. You can virtually enjoy Magic KingdomHollywood Studios, and even Disney World’s global Epcot “countries.”  “YouTube is filled with rollercoaster ride recordings that let users envision themselves on attractions at Disney resorts, from the Incredicoaster at Disney’s California Adventure park to the “Frozen” Ever After ride at Walt Disney World” sites an article in the Insider .

Visit The Zoos and Aquariums

The Monterey, California, aquarium is giving visitors a virtual look at its colorful sea creatures via free live camera streaming. Animal lovers can zen out to jellyfish or watch penguins waddling in their habitat. The California zoo has pre-recorded and live video streams showing koalas, apes, pandas, penguins, and other creatures that offer endless hours of entertainment and fascination. 

Let Google Be Your Driver

Thanks to Google’s Street View feature., you can get  panoramic shots of the stunning landscape of the Royal Botanic Gardens, as well as Disney World in Orlando, Florida, and Disneyland in Anaheim, California to name a few fun places.

Google’s online Arts & Culture activation includes a program called “The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks”  which features five national parks, including Hawai’i Volcanoes National ParkCarlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico, Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah, Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska, and Dry Tortugas National Park in Florida.  If you’re a lover of the theatre you can also check out these performing arts centers around the world via Google Arts & Culture.

Take a Class or Course Together

There are tons of online courses and Youtube ‘How-To’ videos that you can view and create together. From cooking , cocktail lessons and art classes, there is no limit to what new project you and your peeps can do together!

 Digital Dinner

Technology thankfully has progressed to where you can infact have dinner together, even if you are miles away or under Covid-19 lockdown/quarantine as a digital date night! Be it via Facebook live calls, Zoom meeting calls or via any other conference/ personal calls software, you can set it all up. Facebook portals makes it even easier to eat, talk, laugh and exercise with your people. So don’t feel lonely, you are so very connected.

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How to Protect Your Energy During the Covid-19 Lockdown

Just last night , Acting Prime Minister of Barbados, the Hon. Santia Bradshaw, confirmed that the country now has 45 cases of the aggressive covid-19 virus, and that the Government has decided to implement additional measures under the Emergency Management Act, including the closing of banks, beaches and parks as well as the prohibition of alcohol sales, among other restrictions.

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For me, this comes just hours after witnessing the cremation of my Dad, who died of a heart attack last month. Needless to say, it is not an easy time in our household, but I’ve decided that rather than give into the creeping fear and growing panic, I prefer to look at all of this as a chance to protect my energy and stay centered.

Right now, with everything around the world seeming to be spiraling right out of control, where you are being encouraged to practice social distancing of at least 6 feet from everyone, to stay quarantined home, and to practice as many healthy hygiene habits as possible, this is a very deadly, yet oddly surreal time.

So if you’re with me and prefer not to give into the addictive siren call of fear, here are some things to do to protect your energy and keep your mind healthy as well as your physical space.

  1. Start the day without the phone. I wake up pretty early and have enforced the rule of not looking at my phone until at least 9 am, so that other people’s energy and vibes do not affect the way I begin my day. I’m considering enforcing this at the end of my day as well and possibly keeping the phone on airplane mode during the ‘off times’.
  2. Do start the day with positive affirmations. I’ve felt pretty ‘out of it’ these past few days, as huge lifestyle and emotional changes have been coming at me one after the other, and I’ve been trying to be mindful of how I’ve been perceiving them. And it has not been easy at all. What I find does help is to spend 10 minutes in quiet solitude, and by speaking positivity into existence around me. This helps to rewire fears and brings deeper understanding and healing.
  3. If I can, I host a dance party or I exercise in the morning. Turning up the music and moving is one of the best ways to shake off negativity and bring your endorphins up, while also boosting your mood.
  4. Make time for self care! Now is the time to be super mindful of your health in every aspect and to allow yourself time to rest, goof off and to clean your environment. Feeling clean, comfy and relaxed does untold wonders for your mood and overall health.
  5. I’ve limited my news intake to only important updates and actively cut myself off if I feel as if I’m spiraling. When that happens, I engage in activities that boost my moods.
  6. I have an amazing support system and I check in with them regularly. They not only ground me, but also respect my boundaries and it’s good to remember that other good and positive things ARE happening around your world.
  7. Just take a deep breath, hold it and then slowly exhale. Practicing breath work is important especially when dealing with situations that may trigger you. I’ve started practicing some techniques and it helps to clear out the fog in my head at times.
  8. Just allow yourself to decompress and just be. You do not have to be in constant motion, sometimes being quiet, still and introspective is a great medicine.
  9. I’ve always wanted to try to sage my home at the beginning of each month to ward off negative energy and I may do it this month.
  10. Get your REM sleep and eat your fruits and veggies and get your water fill. Physical health is super important right now and it’s not just about fighting to not catch the flu or Covid-19, it’s about staying healthy. Period.
  11. Know that there is only so much you can accomplish in a day, so do not over work yourself, but know that you do have free hours to goof off with. Be greedy with your time and practice self-love in all instances. This is a lesson I’m still learning, but it is defo coming along.
  12. Use social media to help add to your mood. Whether it is inspirational or motivational or even humorous posts, I’m there, because laughter and joy are important y’all!

How do you protect your energy? Share with us below in the comments

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Panicking or Precaution: What Recent Events Taught Me

Ashlee talks about the abrupt death of her dad, what she’s learning as the world battles Coronoavirus and what she’s decided on for her future. Warning: There may be cussing.

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