Jennifer: Week 1

Day 1: On the 7th day of my 30 day yoga challenge, it’s helping me move and stretch my body from being on a couch or bed all day.

Day 2: Had Zoom meetings and classes all day. I had a hard time maintaining focus because I was locked in my bedroom from morning to night. I put a 10-hour Ocean YouTube video to keep my room serene. I did my 8th day of yoga before bed which was nice.

Day 3: Finally reached Friday. My friends and I decided to Zoom and have our own mini happy hour while playing interactive games with our phones. It was hard and did not have the same feeling, but it was nice to see everyone’s face.

Day 4: Missed yesterday’s yoga challenge so I did day 9 and 10 today. Today I am just doing basic apartment tasks. Having a possible game night with my roommates tonight.

Day 5: Sunday is still the day of more homework. My daily routine has become yoga and homework and more stretching when I don’t feel like doing homework anymore.

Day 6: Monday was more class and meetings. I had a hard time focusing today. My roommates and I went on the quad to soak up the sun and play cards.

Day 7: Besides yoga and homework, I’m starting to experiment with more recipes. I am enjoying my new found hobby for cooking and yoga.

Rachel: Week 1

Wednesday 3/25

Needed some fresh air so I went on a walk with my mom and dog through the park near my house

Thursday 3/26

I was very stressed out so I decided I should start doing yoga again. I did a 30 minute yoga video on Youtube (yoga with Adrienne)

Friday 3/27

My family and I watched a comedy movie because we all needed a good laugh. The movie was called Game Night with Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams.

Sat 3/28

The weather was not the nicest this day, but I went on a quick walk with my dad and brother. I also like doing Zumba/ dance workouts so I did a quick 20 minute video on Youtube.

Sun 3/29

I wanted to get in a good workout so I did a 40 minute dance workout on Youtube. (Fitness Marshall)

Monday 3/30

We had a family game night! We played 2 rounds of Scattegories and of course my dad won. I also did a 20 minute yoga practice. 

Tuesday 3/31

My dad’s friend was having a coloring contest on Facebook, so we printed out the coloring sheet and my entire family sat down an colored for 30 minutes!

Monica: Week 1

Wednesday 3/25

I studied at my apartment in order to finish two exams the following day so I wouldn’t have a lot to do during my weekend. Studying is something that all students are doing during this time; however, what I did that made this stress-relieving was turned on my Christmas white lights I have in my living room and lit up a candle.

Thursday 3/26

I am an early bird and sleep very late as well. This means that it makes my day longer in my opinion; therefore, I must find things to keep me busy. So what I did to reduce stress and restore my attention was open my balcony door to let air in, made a yogurt parfait, opened the blinds to let light in, and sat on my couch to watch a quick episode of “Containment” on Netflix (I recommend it!) before my first class started.

It’s the little things that count.

Friday 3/27

If I can’t go to Dunkin as often as I liked to, I’ll find a way to have my iced coffee. So… I just finished making a DIY iced coffee I saw from TikTok while I took notes for my only class this morning. It was actually very good and in turn, boosted my positive emotions.

Saturday 3/28

I arrived home and will only be here in Chicago for a few days since I can not concentrate on homework here. But I must admit the 2 hours and 30-minute drive really made me miss being outside and overall boosted positive emotions along with restored my attention.

You may not believe when I say this but getting outside of my apartment and into my car was VERY pleasant because I was able to breathe the fresh air and I wanted to go for a walk.

Coping with Covid-19

All of us on the Humans in Nature Project have been “sheltering in place” since late March 2020 and have been adjusting to teaching and learning from a distance using technology. Our interns have had to recreate their last semester as seniors adjusting to their new online classes and trying to keep spirits up. We have decided to focus on examples of things we are doing intentionally to help us relieve stress, increase positive mood, and restore attention. We will be sharing our attempts over the next few weeks.