We’re going on six months of captivity at this point, and just like many of you, we are on the verge of going stir crazy. Right now, it’s the little things that make a big difference in the outcome of our day. Something as simple as yoga, calling a friend, or eating a whole box of Cheez-It’s for dessert (we aren’t judging) can change your entire mood. It is easy to fall into a day-to-day loop, and it can be hard to stay focused and relaxed when everything around us is so unknown.
But for now, the only thing for certain is that we are all in this together! We’ve come up with a few of the small things that have made a big difference for the BAERING team in our day to day:
Miles – Senior Graphic Designer
Video games have played a big role in keeping me sane during quarantine and social distancing.
I joined a group to play Destiny 2 and I created friends out of random strangers to join a competitive league for Overcooked 2. I also connect weekly with friends from college who live all around the world to keep our farm going in Stardew Valley. I even convinced my friend to buy a PlayStation so we can play together and stay safe.
Video games help me escape from what’s going on in the world and keep me thoroughly entertained. But most importantly, they help me to connect with other humans which is so desperately needed when you live alone.
Ryan – Senior Account Executive
One thing that keeps me going is looking forward to an evening cooking a nice meal (or in some cases ordering take out from DoorDash) and pairing either with a nice glass of wine. I have re-discovered my love of wine, whether it is a crisp New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc to beat the summer heat, or a deep, balanced Pinot Noir to wind down in the evenings.
Paige – Public Relations Strategist
My saving grace during the pandemic has been my Peloton. I’m a bit of a fitness freak, so when North Carolina shut down the gyms back in March, I went crazy without having an outlet to be physical and get a workout in. I tried running, but the NC summers don’t lend themselves to being outside (as I write this it’s 91 degrees, and humid as can be with a heat index over 100 degrees), so I had to turn to something else. The Peloton may just be the best investment I’ve ever made. I typically start my day with a ride with my favorite instructor, Ally Love. Get a sweat in, get a little motivation for the day, and I’m ready to conquer the world of Zoom calls, webinars, and truly bizarre news cycles.
Peloton tip: Check out one of Ally Love’s 20-minute hip-hop rides if you’re in a time crunch but need to get the endorphins flowing!
Michelle – Executive Vice President
One thing that has really helped me get through quarantine is Pinterest. I have pinned recipes for years and never had the time to actually follow through and put my cooking stills to the test. Working from home has given me the extra time to prep and explore all kinds of recipes and I have finally started making my way through those Pins from years ago.
My most recent success was a California style chicken! Check out the pin to make it yourself: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/6755468179076024/
Abby – Intern
I have always been a firm believer in essential oils. When it comes to quarantine, I would be going crazy if it wasn’t for my oil diffuser running on a loop. The constant aroma of natural scents that fill my space helps me relax my mind, reduce stress, and stay focused throughout the day. I highly recommend lavender or eucalyptus – and a space that won’t affect everyone in your house. Essential oils are definitely not for everyone!
Kellyn – Assistant Account Executive
Working from home has its perks but they are almost always a catch-22. No ride to the office gives me extra time in the morning to get ready for my day. Working from home allows me to make fresh smoothies for lunch. And when I close my laptop at 5, I’m ready to invest in hobbies outside of work. But what do all of these benefits have in common? I am still inside my house. I’ve had to take every opportunity I can to get outside. Whether that’s an early morning run, a walk around the block in between projects, or walking around the lake at sunset with my roommates. Any chance to get some vitamin D helps me stay focused during the day and get my full eight hours of sleep at night.
Rob – Chairman
The thing that has helped me get through quarantine is running. I have been running on a nightly basis and it has really helped me manage my stress levels and gets me outside. I have been really grateful for the opportunity to unplug, get outside, and get my endorphins going.
With an ambiguous future ahead, the little things are sometimes the most important to help make us feel normal. They help us have something to look forward to and distinguish one day from the next. Establishing a routine filled with things you enjoy is a great way to maintain your mental health and make the most of every day. We encourage you to find something that brings personal happiness and incorporate it into your everyday.