Right now the world is in a strange place. Everything has either stopped entirely or slowed down considerably. You will have plenty of time to get your work back on track or have a wild time with your mates when this phase passes. Until that time, you’ll have to stay indoors and help flatten the curve. Easier said than done, right? Especially when isolation starts to play tricks with your mind. Don’t worry, we’ve got together a list of things you can do to make the most of your time spent at home. Follow this routine and your days will pass without a hitch.
Get Your Exercise - or Meditation - On
Day after day spent at home can become quite dull very quickly. To keep that from happening, start your day with a healthy dose of exercise. But wait, don’t take off the treadmill cover just yet and put those weights away. A simple half an hour of meditation in silence can work equally well. Many studies have shown the positive effects of meditation and the way it helps in putting the mind at ease. With a calm start to the day, you will be able to keep your mind from wandering into a negative space.
Working With A Purpose
For many, working in the office every day suddenly shifted to the work from home culture. Problem for some is, it's not so easy to get into work mode when your mind knows it's still at home. So what do you do? Simple: trick your mind into thinking you're at work. Wake up at your regular time and do the things that you would do on a normal workday. Getting dressed in your work clothes will also give you the feeling of being in the office and you will be able to focus on your tasks better. Set up your work area on a desk, in a quiet room or corner of the house and use an ergonomically designed chair to avoid slouching into the spiral of procrastination. Take breaks like you normally would, lunch at the same time - keep as much of your office routine the same as possible. Most importantly, don’t take that work to other areas of the house. Keep it contained so only one part of your home is used for work.
Hone Your Culinary Skills
Have you always wanted to test your cooking skills but couldn't find the time? Well, that time has come. It’s time to take those grill covers off and get cracking at that rack of lamb or put together a Sunday roast for the family. Cooking your favourite meals will help lower your anxiety and also give you an opportunity to spend quality time with the family away from the computer screen or your smartphone.
Learn Something New
One thing you will realize quickly while staying at home is that boredom can creep up without notice. After a while, social media won’t be so exciting and that video game will not be entertaining enough. If that’s happening to you, why not use this time to learn a new skill? How about learning to play that ukelele lying around in your house or maybe picking up the basics of mandolin. With the free time available you can earmark an hour or two daily to get better at the skill of your choice. This will not only give you a sense of achievement but will also help in creating a general positive vibe around the household.
Get One With Nature
Tending to your veggie patch or looking after your herb garden can be a great evening activity. If you don’t have a backyard or if you live in a small apartment you can convert those empty cardboard boxes into your very own indoor garden. Start small by planting herbs like parsley, sage or mint and progress to veggies like carrots or turnips. Gardening routinely is known to have health benefits that go beyond the physical aspects. When you see those plants sprouting to life you will give yourself a much required dose of positivity during these troubled times. Just make sure you line that cardboard with plastic so the boxes don’t collapse!
As social beings, staying cooped up in the house all day long can take its toll. Sticking to a routine that includes plenty of time for self-care will help you stay safe, healthy, and happy.