Coping With Quarantine: Pixelart's Stay Inside Guide
Count us in… indoors, that is.
Pixelart is one of the millions of companies around the world that have shifted to remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic. While we miss being together in person, we are really pleased to be able to keep our proverbial doors open. As in, we still have the pleasure of serving our users while our team members work from our homes across the globe to keep our CMS up and running.
How to cope?
We’re all having to get creative when it comes to finding ways to deal with this new normal. That won’t look the same for everyone - after all, the pandemic affects us all in different ways. But one thing is for sure… most of us are now spending an unprecedented amount of time at home with a lot of hours to kill and a pressing need for things like distraction, connection, and encouragement. The good news is that you don’t have to look far to find them.
🏋️Health & Fitness
Whereas our pre-covid busy schedules may not have left much room for working out, many now have time and options for getting their physical health back on track. With less people going out, there’s more space on sidewalks to take a jog or walk. Your local gym may be offering online classes, or you might finally be trying one of those fitness apps you’ve peeped: apps like Peloton, Sworkit, and MyFitnessPal make it easy to work out and track your health at home.
🎼Learning New Skills
This is a fantastic time to learn a new skill or brush up on an old one: painting, musical instruments, singing, dancing, sewing/knitting (as it happens, our CEO is getting domestic with a new project… a Flamingo embroidered cushion 🦩🦩)
We all have that one stack of books that’s been sitting on our shelves, silently taunting us for allowing them to gather dust. Now’s the time to crack them open! If you’re not really a fan of the traditional paper and pen… Audible has an amazing selection of audiobooks available for those who like their doses of literature in audio form.
One of the silver linings of lockdown is that it’s brought families closer than they’ve perhaps ever been. If you’re fortunate enough to be group isolating, don’t take it for granted; use this time to engage with your kids, partner, or roommates in new ways.
🧘🏽Reflection & Rest
If you get fatigued with hearing about the upheaval of the outside world, perhaps you may want to turn your attention towards your interior world. Slowing down offers us a chance to think about ways we can develop ourselves. For some that might look like a new project, but for others, it may look like simply taking the rest we haven’t allowed ourselves to take. Remember, there’s no rule that says you have to fashion yourself into the next Shakespeare or Isaac Newton during quarantine.
Quarantining with a pet? Don’t forget…they’re affected by all of this too. It’s a great time to teach your old (or young) dog new tricks! As any doggo owner can tell you, interacting with your pets is a great balm for your mental health (and theirs!) So make sure you pay attention to helping them cope too.
📲Entertaining Each Other
Besides the old standbys of social media, tons of apps like TikTok and Houseparty have seen a drastic increase in users since lockdown went into effect. If you’ve got a wicked sense of humor or talent for days, don’t feel bad about logging on to share. Lord knows we all need some distraction 🙏🏾
There are a lot of people and orgs in your community who are struggling right now. You may have a local food bank that’s feeding more people than usual, or hospitals dealing with a lack of protective equipment. There are many ways to help from home…see this guide from the Washington Post about how to give back during coronavirus.
Want to keep up with the Pixelart team? Head over to our Instagram! We’ll be introducing you to the folks behind the scenes at Pixelart and sharing what we’re doing during quarantine in the form of stay inside guides from our team members. We all need a little help lifting each other up right now. Hopefully you can find a nugget of gold in there somewhere - something that makes it a little easier to stay positive ❤️Look for the hashtag #stayinside guide!