Within a few days, the country went from cautiously watching COVID-19 to a series of mass cancellations. Everyone, equestrians included, is advised to stay at home. Many barns are closed, and shows are the farthest thing from our minds. Of course, losing our horse shows is a small piece of what has become a world-wide crisis that has health and economic ramifications still rumbling through society.
Besides avoiding panic and of course… washing our hands, the best thing we can do right now is to take care of our mental and physical well-being. While it may seem like everything is falling apart, it’s important to remember how much we can still do.
Connect With Friends
Hugging your bestie is not on the WHO’s list of recommendations, but don’t neglect relationships during this time. Even if you can’t meet up in person, a long phone call or a video conference can go a long way towards putting a smile on your face. Going a step above social media connections can make a big difference on your mental health when you’re feeling particularly isolated.
At Home Workouts
First of all, you should feel no pressure to work out right now if you don’t want to. There’s no right or wrong way to survive a quarantine, and it’s perfectly normal to feel more tired than usually. However, if you’re someone that thrives on physical exercise there are many different home workouts to try like this workout for equestrians that can be done at home using furniture.
Listen to Podcasts
Whether you’re looking for true crime, a good laugh or anything in-between, there are more quality podcasts out there than ever. For those missing the barn, we recommend you listen to the Plaidcast which covers a multitude of topics pertaining to the horse industry!
Host a Digital Game Night
Don’t think that you can’t enjoy games with your friends if you live alone! Online games like Jackbox Games make it easy to play trivia, drawing and other fun games together even if everyone is staying home. All you need is for 1 person to have a game set, a way to stream the game (we suggest Discord) and a smart phone for each player.
Take time to reflect on yourself and your life. Now is a great time to look at your goals, your accomplishments and what you want to achieve. By self-reflecting you are building self-awareness and are able to gain a better understanding of your life. Maybe even pull your old magazines and tack catalogs together and create a dream board to remind yourself that happier times are on the horizon.
Watch Educational Videos
Whether you are watching videos on topics you know little to nothing about or you are reinforcing your understanding of one, learning new things can break the boredom. From historical information, to cooking, to sports, and everything else, there are informative videos that can teach you so much. Every day is a school day; try to learn something new today! Balmoral TV is perfect to learn more about horse related topics and to reinforce your previous knowledge.
Tackle a Home Project
Now that we’re spending so much time at home, some of those nagging projects feel a lot more important than they did three months ago. Feeling inspired to paint your living room? Go for it! Want to work on the garden? Great! Most major retailers have curbside ordering, so you can safely get essential goods without comprising your health or the health of their staff. But you don’t have to spend money to spend a productive afternoon at your house. Now is a great time to organize the pantry, clean out your garage, or do any of those other tasks that you’ve been putting off.
Read a Good Book
There is no better time than now to finish that book that has become a decoration in your living room or to start a new one. Enjoy the benefits that reading has to offer like stress relief, vocabulary expansion, and mental stimulation. If you need a new book, Show Strides is a book series about riding, showing, and what it takes to succeed as an equestrian.
Take Care of Yourself
Many of us exist in a constant hustle that doesn’t offer a lot of downtime. Though we miss doing all the things, perhaps this is a good time for some forced rest. Spend all day watching a silly reality tv show, put on a face mask or take a rare (and deserved) midday nap. However you choose to spend this time at home is completely fine. Don’t feel forced to do all the things, be productive or come out of this a new and “better” you. The current you is great.