What’s Keeping You Happy At Home? 

black boy, with flowers, puzzle

Is it bad that online browsing is my happy place? Sitting on my bed, posted up with a refreshing drink, looking at hair tutorials, binge watching Girlfriends, or reading an article. It is quite therapeutic for me, although being on the computer for hours at a time is not good. I need to get some blue light protectors. On another note, the transition from summer to Fall already has me getting festive. I dont think I’m just speaking for myself when I say this year's summer was a different type of heat. And not the fun kind. You know LA folks aren’t used to weather getting too hot. Who else is thankful it’s finally begun to cool off? I couldn't be the only one. With Fall season approaching comes redecorating, pumpkin flavored foods, and some of my favorite holidays. One of the things I’ve already found myself browsing online for, haha.  

On a more serious note, too much time inside can feel very lonely. Seeing friends out and about socializing during a PANDEMIC can mess with people, as it did me. I for one refuse to be out drinking mimosas at brunch during this unsettling time. At the same time, being inside can be hard. Here are some things I’ve been doing inside to keep myself happy. 

Facetime a Friend

With modern technology, it’s so quick and easy to chat with loved ones. I’ve realized how easy it is to get caught up in my own life that I can go months at a time without checking in on my friends. Those conversations, no matter the duration, can go a long way. More recently, I’ve made it more of a ha` bit to call and check in on my close friends. It's a simple way to socialize while being in the comfort of your own home. 

Start and End Your Day In a Positive Way

Find one small and positive way to start your day. A morning cup of your favorite coffee or tea, a wholesome breakfast, warm bubble bath, mediation, yoga, or by watching an episode of a TV show you love. I start my day with a large glass of water and facial cleanse, and a warm bubble bath at night followed by one of my favorite tv shows. Get into the routine of starting and ending your day in a positive way, you wont regret it. 

Puzzles and Painting

Find a fun activity to keep you entertained. Painting is my go to activity, it allows the opportunity to express ideas and emotions while being creative. Puzzles are also a great mental exercise, they help the time pass and can improve memory. Shop Post 21’s Safer At Home section for easy and fun activities that you can do while inside.  

Try a New Recipe

I truly believe there are emotional benefits to cooking. You not only reward yourself at the end, but have the opportunity to create. Not to mention, it saves you money in the long run. Food is one of my happy places. I’ve made it my mission to slow down on the Postmates and DoorDash orders and to take the time to try out new recipes in the kitchen. Treat yourself by making your own meals. 

Gratitude 

It can be easy at times to feel like the world is against you. Like everything has gone wrong, and you don't know how to get out of the overwhelming feeling that is stress. It is important in these moments and in those of joy that you are indeed, blessed. You are alive, and it will be okay. Write down what you’re grateful for every day in a journal or even set a reminder to yourself that gives you a moment to SEE all the good things you have going for yourself. Positivity may not always come naturally, you can practice the attitude of gratitude. 

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