28 things that will make your quarantine winter suck less
Health experts have warned us of another wave of coronavirus as the weather cools, which means restrictions could tighten in many places, and we might find ourselves hunkering down indoors yet again. To help you cope, we’ve compiled a list of 28 things to make a second quarantine less daunting. Our picks will help you eat well, get fit, chill, and basically nourish your mind and body throughout what will likely be a challenging fall and winter.
For the kitchen
Preparing a foamy, earthy cup of matcha is a ritual unto itself, and this gorgeous starter set — which includes a bowl, whisk, and spoon — allow you to experience the calm it can bring. Although delicious on its own, I personally like to stir it into an ice cold glass of oat milk.
If you’re big on bread baking aspirations but short on time or patience, you can still board the pandemic bread bandwagon, thanks to this timesaver. This fully automatic bread machine has a dozen pre-programmed bread options, ranging from plain white to gluten-free, allowing you to bake the perfectly proofed loaf, sans the sweat or tears.
To stay active
If you don’t have room for a squat rack, the Gorilla Bow — literally a bow that you attach resistance bands to — is a convenient alternative. The brand’s website includes videos of lifts that hit every major muscle group, including your classic deadlift, squat, and clean and press.
Protein powder can be a great addition to a smoothie (or mixed with almond milk or water if you’re hardcore) if you want to build mass while you’re working out at home. And this wouldn’t be on our list if it weren’t pleasurable to consume — the Double Chocolate flavor wins.
For a little extra peace and joy
This lavender and vanilla candle creates that intimate, glow-y ambiance, but without the heady pumpkin and frosting scents that tend to predominate this time of year. It’s vegan-friendly, too, so you can bask in its glow without worrying whether any animals were harmed in making it.
When you’re sick of being homebound, or even earthbound, this light projects stars against a nebula cloud, turning your bedroom into a celestial sanctuary. The built in speakers connect to any device, allowing you to truly drift away, at least mentally.
For when you do venture out
Get your daily walk in, even if the elements are less than ideal. These classic Hunters will keep you warm, dry, and, if you have waterproof headphones, singing in the rain. A sidenote: If you're a little flashy (and prefer a women's style), the Ralph Lauren Tally rain boot is our second runner up.