One Month Later: Embarrassing Things We’ve Done During Shelter-in-Place
Sheltering-in-place to help slow the spread of the coronavirus is a challenge we’ve accepted for the greater good of the world. For a lot of us, being stuck inside has essentially disrupted our old routines for the foreseeable future, but the cost of carrying on normally is far worse. The devastation COVID-19 has wreaked on our communities and loved ones is dominating our collective consciousness, so we’ve got to keep ourselves occupied.
We can try to reduce our understandably increased levels of stress and anxiety with tasks as simple as showering daily or making our beds (both have been proven to help reduce anxiety and depression), but it’s still worth it to try out something new — especially after a month.
However, not everything is worth doing twice. After weeks of indoor experimentation, there are a few things we’ll be happy to leave behind once sheltering-in-place is long in the past.
Zoom Group Chats
Two is delightful. Three is a party. Four or more is utter chaos. That’s the lesson learned after a month of participating in countless Zoom chats. Sure, customizing your background with scenes from your favorite shows or movies can add some flavor to your chat. But the more people there are trying to connect with each other, the harder it is to actually connect with each other.
Buying Groceries in Bulk
Grocery stores (and the workers inside) have stepped up to the challenge and provided safer shopping experiences for all of us. However, not every shopper can admit to buying the neighborly amount of essential items.
Being Our Own Barbers
By now we’ve all become well-acquainted with our natural hair colors, whether we like it or not (GRAYS! GRAYS EVERYWHERE!). And if you’re one of the lucky few who doesn’t currently resemble Christopher Lloyd from Back to the Future, then thank your DNA for being so kind to you.
Hobbies Better Left in the Trash
We’re going to say this right now: Whoever created the gradient puzzle is a monster. Sure, now feels like the perfect moment to pick up a new hobby to try and pass the time. You could fire up the oven and bake some bread, plug in that old sewing machine, start that screenplay you’ve always wanted to write or even put together a puzzle you’ve been ignoring for a while.
Our eyeballs were all ambushed by the alluring claws of Netflix’s completely deranged documentary Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness. Every cast member was more explosive than the last, especially because some of them literally played with explosives.