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My Guide to a Relaxing and Fulfilling Self-Quarantine

At this point in the global pandemic, I’m sure everyone can relate in feeling intense quarantine antsiness. That being said, quarantine can be a beautiful time to reject the “rise and grind” mentality that pushes us to stay busy and get out there, even during times when staying home as much as possible is necessary. If you are able, it can be refreshing to take this time of social distancing to do self-care. Drink more water. Meditate. Eat some fruit and veggies. Take a long shower or bath. Moisturize. Sleep more… The following is a list of activities that have helped me find balance between relaxation and productivity during this pandemic.  


Read (for leisure!!)

For the past two weeks, I’ve put down any course-required reading and have been thoroughly enjoying my old favorite YA novels. I recommend the following:  

  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart 

  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

  • Looking for Alaska by John Green 

  • The Selection by Kiera Cass

  • The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

  • Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson



Some of my favs are: The Goop Podcast, Schnitt Talk, Off Campus, You Up w/ Nikki Glaser, Girlboss Radio, and Gals on the Go.


Enjoy Some Nature 

Take a hike, a walk around the block, a bike ride, or a swim (all while social distancing, of course!).


Make a Mood Board or Collage 

I’ve always loved making mood boards and collages as a way to spark inspiration and manifest my aspirations. My favorite way to find images and quotes is by flipping through old magazines and browsing pinterest boards. After finding your pictures, all you need is tape or glue and some imagination!



I am a serial stress baker, so during this quarantine, I’ve baked my fair share of brownies, cupcakes, cookies, and lemon bars!


At-home Yoga or Pilates

Don’t sacrifice working out during this time of social distancing. I’ve loved doing daily workout classes over Instagram live by account’s such as @hotpilates and @melissawoodhealth. 


Skype your Friends for Happy Hour

Around 4:00 PM, my friends and I like to hop on Skype together and catch up over drinks and snacks in the comfort of our own homes. I have found this to be the ideal method of staying connected while social distancing. 





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Adele Cardani

Mt Holyoke '22

Hi, I'm Adele! Fashionista. Coffee shop connoisseur. Glossier fanatic. Diet Coke addict. VSCO photographer. Spotify playlist maker. Amateur gluten-free baker. Aspiring world traveler. Instagram @adelecardani
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