11 Secrets to Staying Happy During Lockdown

 

Who would have guessed that movie moments and family pets provide some the best advice on making the most of lockdown.

1. Phone Home

ET flying home
Henry Thomas, ET
Henry Thomas, E.T.
Henry Thomas, E.T.

Woman with dog in the bike

Once you’re done saving visitors from an alien planet and embarassing Fido in the basket of shame, put your feet up and phone home.  Reaching out to family and friends is great, but please don’t forget to check in on elderly neighbors and those living alone.

2. Enjoy a soothing bath

Pretty Woman
Julia Roberts, Pretty Woman
Julia Roberts, Pretty Woman
Julia Roberts, Pretty Woman

pretty woman

Bolt the bathroom door and pour yourself a hot bath for some alone time. Just remember to put the toilet lid down because, ya know, dogs get thirsty.

3. Remember Your Anger Management

Anger Management
Adam Sandler, Anger Management
Adam Sandler, Anger Management
Adam Sandler, Anger Management

angry cat

Is round-the-clock quarantine triggering your temper? Do a little deep breathing. Try some yoga or kickboxing. But please don’t dress the cat in tiny sweaters.

4.Seek Help if You Need It

Will Smith, I am Legend
Will Smith, I Am Legend
will smith, I am legend
Will Smith, I am Legend

Man and a girl with dog

Even in a post-apocalyptic state, Will Smith’s character finds hope in the film I Am Legend. But for some of us, daily news reports create paralyzing emotions. If you need help coping, reach out for help.

Disaster Distress Helpline (USA) is 1-800-985-5990   National Domestic Violence hotline is 1-800-799-7233

5.Practice Forgiveness

Cat woman
Halle Berry, Cat Woman
Cat woman
Halle Berry, Cat Woman

a girl hugging a cat

Kitty doesn’t know there’s no work or school today. Try a little forgiveness when you’re woken at 6am by a set of whiskers and some warm fishy breath.

6.Suit Up When You Go Out

REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
REUTERS, Valentyn Ogirenko
REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

Valentyn Ogirenko

Who’s to say you can’t get your Vader on if you need to hit the grocery store. And even a dark lord from an alternate universe knows that the dog needs to go for a walk. Suit up to protect yourself and others.

7. Go Away Johnny!

Jack Nicholson, The Shining
Jack Nicholson, The Shining
Jack Nicholson, The shining
Jack Nicholson, The Shining

shining like cat

Sorry Johnny. We’ve all been asked to turn visitors away for the next few weeks. No dates. No parties. No ax murders. But, please make an exception for Puddy-Cat.

8. Do Some Spring Cleaning

Robin Williams, Mrs. Doubtfire
Robin Williams, Mrs. Doubtfire
Robin Williams, Mrs. Doubtfire
Robin Williams, Mrs. Doubtfire

woman cleaning house

Put on your favorite tunes and get the spring cleaning underway. Apron and heels are optional.

9.Homeschooling: Take Breaks

Adam Sandler, Billy Madison
Adam Sandler, Billy Madison
Adam Sandler, Billy Madison
Adam Sandler, Billy Madison

sleeping boy

Homeschooling doesn’t need to be a chore.  Go slow. Keep a sense of humor. And take lots of outdoor breaks to keep Billy from entering a coma at the kitchen table.

10. For God’s Sake, Get the Haunted Dolls Out of the House!

Lulu Wilson, Annabelle
Lulu Wilson, Annabelle
Lulu Wilson, Annabelle
Lulu Wilson, Annabelle

A girl with creepy face

Unless you want to be woken in the middle of the night by the pitter-patter of tiny porcelain footsteps, perhaps it’s time to take Annabelle out to the woods .

11. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World?

Keira Knightly and Steve Carell, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
Keira Knightly and Steve Carell, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
Keira Knightly and Steve Carell, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
Keira Knightly and Steve Carell, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

You and your pet are needed right now...

In Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, actor Steve Carell’s character Dodge is on the verge of suicide when he discovers someone who desperately needs him…a little dog named Sorry (played by an actual shelter dog).

We REALLY need your help!

Our underdog animal rescue squads are hard at work. –Bosnia
Bosnia Animal RescuersOur underdog animal rescue squads are hard at work.

They are fighting for those who have no home. –Venezuela
Venezuela animal rescuersThey are fighting for those who have no home.

You and your pet can provide FOOD for rescue centers.- Bulgaria
Bulgaria animal rescuersYou and your pet can provide FOOD for rescue centers.

You’ll feed homeless animals in forests, graveyards, garbage dumps and city streets. USA
USA Animal rescuerYou’ll feed homeless animals in forests, graveyards, garbage dumps and city streets.

Before you go on with your day, can you help? – Romania
Romania animal rescuerBefore you go on with your day, can you help?

You can help feed thousands of hungry animals for $4.20 monthly or a one-time donation – Turkey
Turkey, feeding street catsYou can help feed thousands of hungry animals for $4.20 monthly or a one-time donation

You and your pet will save animals who are desperately seeking a hero. Romania
Romania feeding rescue dogsYou and your pet will save animals who are desperately seeking a hero

Your help is a 100% charitable contribution. Bosnia
Bosnia animal rescueYour help is a 100% charitable contribution.
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