March 18, 2020 at 2:13pm | Suzanne Clark
"We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses." Anon

We thought it prudent during this time of ambiguity to share a list of some of the simple things that could help relieve stress and promote positive vibes. Stay well and let us know if you need anything.

In no particular order:

  1. Read a book
  2. Listen to music
  3. Clean your desk 
  4. Deep clean your house
  5. Call your clients
  6. Meditate
  7. Sing
  8. Write
  9. Stretch
  10. Do a puzzle
  11. Learn a new language
  12. Play an instrument. Don’t know how? YouTube lessons!
  13. Nap (Naps are very under-rated)
  14. Cook
  15. Bake
  16. Memorize Hamlet’s soliloquy
  17. Send five handwritten notes a day 
  18. Listen to a podcast
  19. Start your own podcast
  20. Learn to play chess
  21. Read a classic literary work
  22. Paint
  23. Draw
  24. Make an Amazon wish list
  25. Call your mother 
  26. Watch a movie with subtitles
  27. Write a poem
  28. Write a song
  29. Write a haiku
  30. Make pasta by hand
  31. Toss playing cards into a hat
  32. Learn to whistle
  33. Give your food delivery server a 100 percent tip
  34. Make and share Spotify playlists.
  35. Listen to an artist way outside your usual genre
  36. Reach out to your neighbor
  37. Play a full game of Monopoly or Risk. Without tipping the board over
  38. Make a Google Map of all the places you’ve traveled
  39. Organize your computer files
  40. Write letters to friends and family
  41. Write a letter to “Any Resident,” and send it to a local nursing or assisted living center
  42. Show your partner that you love him or her
  43. Wash your hands
  44. Paint your nails. Yes, guys too. No one will see you 
  45. Learn to sew
  46. Vacuum
  47. Understand that the cat is 19, old and a little senile. Love her like she’s loved you
  48. See if you can make a list of 100 things. Any topic. It’s not easy!
  49. Turn off your phone for 24 hours. 
  50. Call someone you haven’t talked to in awhile
  51. Watch Godfather and Godfather: Part II back-to-back. Skip Godfather: Part III
  52. Turn that clothes rack back into a treadmill or stationary bike
  53. Binge-watch a new series
  54. Don’t watch the stock market
  55. Be nice
  56. Plant a window herb garden
  57. Change your wifi network name to “Beers not viruses.”
  58. Research your family tree
  59. Order take-out from a local restaurant
  60. Read The Stand, watch Contagion. Remember, they are fiction 
  61. Build a fort with chairs and blankets
  62. Organize your photos
  63. Change your air filters
  64. Take belly-dancing lessons on YouTube 
  65. Learn a magic trick
  66.  Clear out your email and organize
  67. Teach yourself origami
  68. Keep a positive attitude
  69. Buy a gift card from a small business
  70. Take deep, cleansing breaths. In through the nose, out through the mouth
  71. Make your own hand sanitizer
  72. Eat your vegetables
  73. Tax Day is still April 15. Deal with it 
  74. Give to a food bank
  75. Donate to  your favorite charity
  76. Reach out to someone less fortunate
  77. Offer to help
  78. Color your hair 
  79. Talk to your kids
  80. Play with your kids
  81. Read to your kids
  82. Just be with your kids
  83. Grow a beard
  84. Shave your head!
  85. Stop shaving your legs
  86. Take a bubble bath
  87. Drink wine by the box
  88. Take a bubble bath while drinking boxed wine
  89. That junk drawer? Fix it 
  90. Go through your closet. Send anything you haven’t worn in a year to a charity
  91. Check the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization websites 
  92. Ignore the conspiracy theorists
  93. Vote
  94. Wash your hands, again
  95. Do yoga, right there on the living room floor
  96. Show someone how to use Zoom, GoToMeeting and other virtual solutions
  97. Detail your car
  98. Teach your old dog a new trick
  99. Be kind
  100. Love more
  101. Dance and sing like nobody’s watching

List courtesy of Jay Thompson, a real estate veteran and retiree in Seattle, via Inman News.


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