Cape May COVID-19 Survival Guide.

Recently, The Standard published an article entitled Your Guide to Surviving the coronavirus Pandemic in Cape May County. It is a thoughtful article with some good suggestions on how to make the most of this time.

If you’re self-quarantining in Cape May, here are our ideas (some courtesy of The Standard) to keep you occupied, healthy, and happy during the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Stay calm, clear, and focused.

It may be a challenge (especially in these uncertain times), but try not to lead with basic instincts, fear and desire. Instead, when you find yourself overwhelmed or frustrated, take a moment to quiet down and get centered. How? Start by putting down your devices. Deep breathing works well, as does exercise. Experiment with a breath pace of six breaths per minute. Exercise a bit every day and make sure to get up and walk around at least once every 90 minutes.

 

Keep entertained.

Right now, we can’t visit our favorite Cape May hot spots, but there’s still plenty we can do to stay entertained. In fact, now is a great time to take on new hobbies or revisit favorite pass times pushed aside for the rush of everyday life. Some fun things to do are:

  • Knit, needlepoint, or crochet
  • Draw or paint
  • Journal
  • Play board games
  • Build models (aviation, naval, or other)
  • Do a recipe exchange with friends and family
  • Start a Zoom book club
  • Watch some good films: Citizen Cane, Goodfellas, Casablanca, The Favorite, Gone With The Wind, Knives Out, Some Like It Hot, Rear Window, and The Wizard of Oz are just a few suggestions.
  • Catch up on your favorite Netflix series/movies
  • Take a Masterclass

 

Exercise.

We said it once, and we’ll say it again. Contrary to what your mind may be telling you, there’s really no reason not to exercise during this time. With the absence of our daily commutes, alone, we have more time to keep fit now than ever. It’s the perfect opportunity to get (or stay) in shape, not to mention it’s a critical defense when it comes to battling coronavirus. Get outside and walk or run (at a safe distance from others), do leg lifts, lunges, pushups, and planks or sign up for live yoga classes (from your living room). There are many options to choose from. Plus, most online classes won’t require any special equipment.

 

Read.

Reading may reduce stress and sharpen your mind. Plus, it’s a great way to learn about new things, exercise your imagination, and entertain new ideas. There are so many outstanding books to choose from. Here are just a few suggestions.

  • The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  • Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
  • Vanity Fair by William Thackeray
  • Middlemarch by George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans)
  • Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

 

Stay healthy and help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Remember, it’s really important to stay healthy and help others to do the same. Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds with warm water and use hand sanitizer. Disinfect surface regularly and cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze – better year, wear a mask when outside the house. If you’re sick, stay home and plan ahead so you can limit outings to the grocery store and pharmacy. According to the CDC, you shouldn’t smoke or vape and it’s a good idea to limit your consumption of alcohol.

There you have it. We hope you enjoyed our Cape May COVID-19 survival guide. Stay safe and we look forward to welcoming you to our Cape May Bed & Breakfast very soon.