3. Learn to Cook and Bake
Mary and I have been under self-quarantine since early March, and since she is in a high-risk category, we can’t go out to eat at our favorite restaurants. We particularly miss the Chinese buffet. What’s my solution? I learned to cook Chinese food. In fact, I’ve learned to cook various other ethnic dishes.
I’ve also learned how to bake new desserts, such as chocolate chip & sugar cookies, blueberry muffins. I already knew how to make a key lime pie, tres leches, flan, and a few others.
“You don’t need a silver fork to eat good food.”
~ Paul Prudhomme
The point is, we can eat just as well, if not better, right here at home. The added benefit to cooking and baking at home is that there are plenty of leftovers, especially desserts. I can’t just make two slices of pie; I have to make a whole pie. Actually, my key lime pie recipe makes two pies.
Now, I’m not a big fan of cooking like some people. I just love eating good food. Fortunately, I can eat all I want without gaining any weight. Actually, I eat fairly healthy and in moderation, and I also stay active. This helps keep me healthy, and at a normal weight.
My view is that cooking is a skill everyone should have. Otherwise, you’re completely dependent on someone else for your survival. When you know how to cook, you can eat great food any day of the week without the hassle or expense of going to a restaurant. My other motivation for learning how to cook was that being single most of my life I wanted to have a good home-cooked meal. And this made wherever I lived more like home.
4. Being with Ourselves
Many of us have active lives where we spend most of our time around other people. Most jobs require us to be around people all day long; then we have social activities; and then we spend time with our families.
If you’ve had to stay at home during the pandemic, then you’ve had to spend a lot more time by yourself, and this can be uncomfortable if you’re not used to it. The quiet and solitude can make us feel restless and lonely. We’re being forced to spend time with someone we may not know very well—ourselves. And if we don’t like ourselves very much, it is even worse.
This is an excellent opportunity to get to know yourself better. As I mentioned above, you can explore your interests, such as reading, hobbies, or some form of art. Who knows, you may find you enjoy cooking or baking.
You can also spend some quiet time with yourself, and get to know yourself on a deeper level. This is a great time to read your favorite self-help book. You may learn more about why you think the way you do, or what drives your emotions and actions. And of course, mindfulness practice and meditation can help you significantly in this area.
5. Relationships: How to Get Along Better
The pandemic has forced us to spend a lot more time with our loved ones. This can go one of two ways; we can either get on each other’s nerves, or we can learn how to get along better. I’ve chosen the latter.
If you’re young, you may not yet have come to the full realization that our loved ones will some day pass on. For those of us who are older, we begin losing our parents, siblings, and maybe even our spouse. When we lose people close to us, we often think about how we should have spent more quality time with them. But by then it’s too late. So, why not take this opportunity to enjoy this extra time together, instead of trying to avoid each other?