These last 6 or so weeks have been some of the longest yet shortest weeks I’ve ever experienced (anyone else feel this?)
I would like to start off and say that I feel personally there is no need to overextend yourself during this time. I have heard many voices saying that now is the time to brush up on skills, learn a new one, workout..etc.
The reality is that we are in a global pandemic and there isn’t a need to push ourselves right now.
In fact, taking it easy and listening to our bodies should be the priority if possible.
Now with that being said, with all the extra time at home, I’ve tried to implement a full-on routine. But I have realized that implementing a few things here and there works better for myself.
So here are the few things that I’ve been practicing in quarantine. These things have helped me stay more grounded and help ease anxieties that I’m sure many of us are feeling.
1. Not touching my phone for 30 minutes after I wake up
I first heard this from Lauryn Evarts Bosstick of The Skinny Confidential, and I figured quarantine was the time to finally implement this.
I can’t believe how this little change makes a bigger difference throughout my day, even though I am home. I’m very used to shutting the alarm off and instantly scrolling through email and social killing time in the morning.
Now instead of aimlessly scrolling and giving my energy to something else besides myself, I..
- get up and open the blinds
- make the bed
- brush my teeth and do my skincare
- pick up a bit around the house
- make my coffee and look at my planner for the day
This sets the tone for my day even if I plan on just watching Netflix that day (no shame). And it allows me to have a clearer mind in the morning, and give that energy back to myself.
By the time I sit down for coffee, I can prioritize what needs to be checked first and needs attention. I would highly recommend for anyone to practice during this time of quarantine and beyond.
2. Setting aside time to read
I forgot how much I enjoy reading, as a child and teen I would spend hours in a good autobiography.
Since being in quarantine I have practiced setting aside time to read and love it. Reading allows me to get away from the screen and dive into another world for a bit.
With more time focused on screens, it’s good to practice putting down the blue light and picking up something black and white 😉
Setting aside time to read has also eased my anxious tendentious, as being lost in a book requires my full attention. Allowing me to actually focus on my breath and letting myself feel how my body is doing.
If there is a book or article you’ve been setting aside for a rainy day, I would highly recommend practicing reading during quarantine.
3. Moving my body at least 3x’s a week
This isn’t to be confused with “hardcore home workout”. The goal of moving my body for 3xs a week is simply moving my body, and if I feel like a workout that day then I will.
Some days I go for a nice nature walk around my apartment, others I simply make sure to walk up and down the stairs a few times.
This just gives me a reminder to get up and move – literally. But as a previously stated, if your body isn’t feeling up to it then don’t pressure yourself.
Practicing this during quarantine has helped me mentally and makes me personally feel better. I would recommend this at least a couple days a week if your body is up to it 🙂
Quick plug: if you are looking for someone to help you with personalized workouts or stretches my mom is currently doing Skype 30 minute sessions. She has been personal training for over 20 years and has trained Victoria Secret Angels and contestants on The Biggest Loser.
4. Talking to the people I love
Whether it’s my grandparents, sister, or best friend. Talking to the people I love more consistently has helped me stay connected and has been by far the best thing I’ve practiced in quarantine.
With all the great technology at our hands, using it to stay connected has made me feel less alone, even though I can’t be with them I can still see them 🙂
Personally, I have stayed on top of calling my grandparents every day even before the quarantine. But now with more time to talk with them, I am able to hear more about their stories and what they are up too.
If you have been putting off calling a loved one, and old friend, or whatever it may be practicing talking to the people you love is a great way to stay connected during quarantine.
These are just 4 of the many things that I have practiced in quarantine. The goal here is just to implement a few things into my new way of life at the moment that overall have helped my wellbeing.
Let me know below if any of these helped you, or if you have already implemented them yourself.
As always happy writing.