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It’s Friday, yay! Although right now that might not mean much, since all the days are blending together. But, I’m encouraging you to take an extra few minutes for yourself today, tomorrow and the day after that too! No judgement if you have to hide in the bathroom or your parked car to find that time! Just do something for yourself to boost your spirits.

  1. Take a Nap – Yup, it’s that simple. Nothing to buy, no links to click. Just lay down and close your eyes. (Maybe put in some earplugs to drown out the noise from the rest of your family.)
  2. Order New Sneakers: Taking more walks (or runs) these days? Update your shoes before you log more miles. Purchase a new pair of shoes from Beverly small business New England Running Company and have them delivered to your doorstep (within a 15 mile radius of the store).
  3. Clean Your Closet: Tackle it on your own or bring in a professional. Schedule a 1-2 hour Virtual Closet Clean Out or Virtual Shopping Session with local Personal Stylist Lindsey Foley. Nothing feels better than cleaning out the old and making your wardrobe work for you! Also, if you have designer items in good condition Lindsey can help you sell them and make some money. Email lindseyfoley@me.com for more details.
  4. Clean All the Other Rooms: If clutter is driving you crazy, Lemonaid Solutions is offering virtual organizing services to help tackle all the spaces in your home. Maybe your pantry needs an overhaul or the playroom? You can also check out Stephanie’s tips for setting up a better work space at home, on NECN.
  5. Get Glowing: If you had to cancel your spring beach vacation, why not fake the tan at home? Maybe that relaxed vacation mood will follow. Order a bottle of AGLOW Self Tanner from this North Andover Airbrush Tanning Studio.
  6. Pick up a Book: Need something light to distract you from the news? Or maybe you’d prefer to get caught up in a thriller? Check out Grace Atwood’s Reading List for March on The Stripe. I get most of my book recommendations from her website as well as her Bad on Paper Podcast.
  7. Learn to Knit: Order a Quarantine Kit from Boston-based Sh*t That I Knit. Kit #1 includes the softest yarn and online classes that will teach you how create a chunky cowl. I finished mine earlier this week and have been snuggled up in it for days.
  8. Give Yourself a Mani/Pedi – Now’s the time to perfect painting your own nails. Use polish you have at home or order a kit from Luxe Inc. in Topsfield, including polish, topcoat and remover and they’ll deliver it to your doorstep. They’ve also got face masks in stock, for a nice little evening at the home spa.
  9. Tackle an Outdoor Project: Build a raised bed or container garden. Lettuce is a fairly easy spring plant to grow in our zone. You can also start seeds inside to ready for planting later in the season. Or spread mulch in your existing flower beds (get it delivered here). You can even get crazy and put in one of these stock tank pools.
  10. Try a New Restaurant at Home – I’ve been wanting to try the new Beverly restaurant, Frank, since it opened at the end of last year, but never found a reservation (or babysitter). Now I can sample some of their New England comfort food via their pick-up or delivery options. So choose a local spot that you’ve had your eye on and check to see if they offer pick-up or delivery options too. (Ledger in Salem is another good choice!) Maybe even change out of your sweatpants and set the table for this one.

You can also treat yourself by getting active. Check out our list of local fitness studios that are offering online classes here. And don’t forget our list of local businesses offering delivery, including DIY crafts, wine and CBD!

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