• Chelsey Shorten


Updated: May 29, 2020

So you’re stuck at home and coping is not going so well. Well, we’ve got your back with a list of 10 WAYS QUEERS CAN STAY SANE DURING QUARANTINE.

Whether you’re chilling with Netflix or learning the long-lost art of homemade sourdough starter, we’ve got you fam. Even if we’re (at least 6ft) apart, we can stay strong together.


1. Glam It Up, Gorge!

Things can be tough, but armed with the morale booster that is your most fabulous outfit you can muster the strength to get through this!

Put on your gayest survival gear (cape made from pride flag optional), look in the mirror, and visualize yourself throwing bricks at your nemesis, Coronavirus. You’re unstoppable!


2. Host a Virtual Brunch

Look, just because you’re stuck at home DOES NOT mean you can’t do the things you love with the people you love. So add waffle mix and mimosa fixings to that grocery list, wrap a cardigan around those shoulders, and spill the tea with your dearest and queerest through the magic of the internet.

Adding a tofu scramble and a fruit salad will cover all your food groups, so you can still say you’re still on track for those 2020 health goals.


3. Fitness Challenge

Exercise is great for the body and the mind. But what’s an LGBTQIA+ legend to do when all our favourite fitness haunts are shut down? Hop online and find (or start!) a challenge and invite all your friends and family to join you.

Whether it’s practising a TicToc dance routine until you’ve nailed it or a 100 squat challenge, you can keep looking fierce and blow off some steam wherever you are, no gym membership required.


4. Scrub a Dub Dub

If you’re going to be washing your hands 20+ times a day while singing Happy Birthday to yourself, you don’t want to be using regular old grocery store soap, right? Hit up your favourite vendor for some extra special soap and hand lotion.

Make your showers or baths extra luxurious. Toss in a scrub or at-home mani/pedi if you want to be extra bougie about it. If funds are low, the World Wide Web is full of DIY projects to make your own scrubs, bath bombs or herbal soaks.

We gotta stay clean, but we’re not going to let our skin get all dry and sad. What would JVN say?


5. Let Out Your Inner Child

It’s easy to go a bit stir-crazy when you’ve got a lot of time on your hands. Unlike your ACTUAL childhood, your mum may not be at hand to provide solutions if you’re laying on the floor moaning, “I’m booored!”

As such, it’s time to whip out all the old standards. Flip your couches over and make a fort. Mix baking soda and water to make slime to play with. Put on your rain boots and go jump in some puddles. Go walking around your neighbourhood and see how many dandelions you can collect. Make yourself the most badass dandelion crown to ever exist. Draw some dinosaurs. Finger Paint. Climb a tree. Make up a dance to your new favourite bop. Root through your closet and make a costume inspired by your favourite Disney character.


6. Get Charitable

If you feel like you need some purpose to keep you going, there are all sorts of ways you can help. Phone your local food bank to see what kind of donations they could use.

Volunteer at your local animal shelter to see if you can foster animals who haven’t found a forever home yet. Or volunteer at your friendly neighbourhood RDQCA! We’re always looking for more members.

Offer to run errands for someone who is at high risk. Be a hometown hero in whatever way you can!


7. Do That Thing You Always Say You’ll Do When You Have More Time

Most of us have something we’d like to learn to do or do more of but never have the time. Well, here’s your shot.

Pick up a new instrument and start learning. Start sewing, knitting or crocheting (I know my dog loves when I turn my boredom into dog outfits). Landscape your yard. Redecorate your home. Write a book. Do some painting. Plant your first garden. Become an expert at that obscure thing you’re interested in. Read all the books on your “to read” list. Learn how to do your own acrylic nails.

If not now, when?


8. Get Entrepreneurial

It takes a certain kind of person to start and run their own business. But if you’ve always wanted to give it a shot, what better time than now?

Use your free time as an investment towards a future where you can be your own boss! Just don’t get fooled by companies who see your need and offer you the lifestyle of your dreams… If you buy $$$ worth of product every month.

Or you may just want to make a little extra cash for now. If you don’t mind yard work, there are plenty of people who would love to pay you to do theirs. Did you discover that you love making your own bath stuff? Mother’s Day is coming right up; put together gift baskets for all the fathers who forgot their kids won’t be bringing home crafts from school this year. If you already know how to sew, you can make and sell reusable masks.

You’re a smarty-pants, I bet you’ve already come up with 3 more ideas!


9. Keep Up With Your Community

Even though you’re social-distancing from others, it’s so important to know that your people are still out there, and they care about you. What’s more, is they want to hear that from you, too!

Whether you use a group meeting hosting site or really go outside the box and call someone on the phone (gasp!), make time to touch base with others regularly. Tell them what you worry about, and support them as they share their concerns. Keep it real! That’s what community is for.

If you think that’s all a great idea but don’t have a community to go to, RDQCA’s got you covered! We’re hosting virtual events and are always welcoming new members to our Discord servers. Over 18? Check this out. Under 18? Go here!


10. Let It All Hang Out

No matter how much we want to get through this thing with grace, sometimes we feel pretty overwhelmed. That’s ok! This is not a common thing we’re going through!

It’s important to feel your feelings. They’re normal and healthy. If you need a day to be unproductive, just stay in your PJ’s, roll yourself up in a blanket like a burrito, order in some comfort food, watch your favourite movie, and have a cry if you need it.

When you’re ready, hit up #4 and #1 again.

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