Updated: Sep 23, 2020
We're living in a really weird world right now - no one knows what day it is (other than it ends with day), we're at home aside from essential trips for food or medicine and our daily exercise outside.
Uncertainty and lack of routine are drivers for increased anxiety, which of course doesn't make us feel great. We don't have in person access to friends and family, which is often one of the things we do first. All of this stuff can be detrimental to our overall wellbeing.
This is a time where we need to look after ourselves and develop some strategies to support our wellbeing. Here's some tips and tricks I've picked up, that I wanted to share with you.
FINDING A ROUTINE
Humans thrive on a bit of routine and structure. We get up, go to work, come home, do whatever in the evening, sleep and repeat. It gives us a sense of stability and a known quantity in our lives.
So, what do we do when our regular routine goes out of the window? We make a new one!
Maybe we're still working and we've gained our commute time back, or maybe we aren't and we've got the whole day to do whatever we want for probably the first time in our lives.
Split the day into chunks. I normally split my day into morning and afternoon/evening, which I've continued with - I still have mornings off and work in the afternoon and evening. It's less daunting to fill part of a day rather than a full day.
Do activities you enjoy. Make a list of things you enjoy that you can still do at home - working out (HIIT, yoga (of course!), dancing), reading, painting, knitting, learning a new skill, watching that series you've been wanting to watch - whatever it is, drop that into your diary like you would a meeting.
Get outside! We're having amazing weather at the moment, so why not go for a walk or take your activities outside?
I've got quite a strong routine which I've more or less kept as I'm still working, just with a couple of tweaks. Here's a typical day;
Morning: Breakfast, cup of tea (or two), cuddle Layla (my dog if you're new here!), walk - usually 1-2 hours, shower, yoga practice (if I'm not teaching that day I'll do an online class, or a short self practice otherwise).
Afternoon/evening: Work - anything I would like to do or needs to be done, plus teaching my online classes and 1:1 clients.
After work: Watch a film or a series, knitting or reading, cook something nice.