This is such a strange time in the world right now and an uncertain one at that. We all got sent home last week (I am an events coordinator) and it really made me feel out of sorts! I am still working, but from home until we get the green light to return. So far, I am actually enjoying it. Weekends are a strange one as it’s the time my partner and I would usually head to the gym, head into town, go the cinema, go for a meal, or mingle with friends on family.
I am trying to make the best out of the situation, and if you are struggling, please know it’s not forever. I hope the below tips help you through this nerve-wracking time.
You’ve probably already been hearing this tip but it genuinely works and the worst thing you can do is get lazy. When we all do return to work (if you are not currently working), this then won’t be such a shock to the system. Try your best to maintain your usual body clock. It feels great to get up early, shower, and get ready for the day! (Even if you are just heading downstairs LOL)
2. Put on normal clothes (not lounge-wear)
You may think it’s strange to ‘dress up’ if you are not going anywhere, but I guarantee how you dress will determine how you feel for the rest of the day. If you usually wear uniform like I do, then obviously don’t put on your uniform. But try putting on things like a smart pair of chino’s and a smart jumper. Or a nice co-ord. My point is, don’t wear your old slouchy clothes. This will make you feel like a slob! We need to keep our spirit’s high during this time and how you start your morning is a big part of this.
3. Eat healthy + take your vitamins
It’s so easy to let yourself go with eating at this time, as it feels like the Christmas holidays! But eating beige foods really won’t help you with your mood. You are going to feel tired and sluggish. Right now we are all doing less movement, so you need to fill yourself up with goodness! If you are used to having an active job, then you now more than ever need to eat nutritious wholesome foods. Fish, eggs, greens, fruit – get them in your belly! If you are used to taking vitamin supplements then don’t forget to have these in the morning too! This then leads me on nicely to working out. If you are eating healthy, this will also give you the energy to workout at home!
4. Do a workout + walk
At the moment, the UK guidelines are that you are allowed to go out for one piece of exercise a day. So I have now started to move my walks to the evening (it’s what I look forward to the most). I have been waking up and doing my vigorous workout at home. I personally have most energy in the mornings and if I say to myself ‘I’ll do it later’, I get too lazy by the evening and don’t want to do it. So I have started to get my hardest one out the way.
I get up, I put my gym kit on (also a good tip), have my morning coffee and then head to my spare room where I have some workout equipment (I just have a bike, resistance bands and one set of free weights where you can change up the weight). I appreciate that not everybody has this, but a HIIT workout on YouTube or from Instagram works just as well!!! You really don’t need fancy equipment. The fact you are making an effort to move during this time is amazing and you should be proud of yourself. I then have a shower, get dressed for the day and head downstairs ready to work.
5. Do all the things you’ve always said you never have time for
If you work full-time, you’re a parent, or just generally live a fast-paced life then it’s so easy to NOT have time. It isn’t you being lazy. Chances are, everyday is busy for you and when you do get down-time, you wan’t to relax and not focus on anything that requires too much concentration. Which is absolutely fine! Now that we have this extra time, why not do all the things you wanted to do. Whether that’s learn a new skill, a new language, read a book, learn how to bake, or finish a Netflix series!
6. Clean and organise your surroundings
Now that you are nesting at home, this is a great time to de-clutter and organise. Tidy house = tidy mind. Create a list of what needs cleaning and tick it off slowly. I can guarantee you will feel better about sitting on the sofa knowing your house is all clean and sparkly! Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to do everything at once. Take it easy and do things at your own pace. Clear out any old make-up, throw out any foods that are way passed their sell-by dates, organise any messy areas!
7. Order things that you have been putting off
I have lived in my house for a couple of years now and there are things that I have been putting off for a while. Either down to time or money. If you can afford to and are currently saving money from not spending on things you normally would (socialising), then why not treat your home to a few things. I ordered some prints from Desenio for the bare walls in the spare bedroom and ordered a couple of paint samples online to test out. I also need a mirror for the living room and some accessories etc. So I am going to spend some time filling my home. These small wins are making me feel productive!
8. Self care (pamper days)
Don’t forget about YOU. This is a great time to focus on yourself. Treat yourself to face masks, hair masks, have those long hot baths, exfoliate, just focus on you! This again all goes back to how you treat yourself, will determine how your days go. If you let yourself go, you are not going to have the daily motivation. I don’t mean a full face of make-up everyday, but small things. Brush your hair, spend time on your skincare routine, paint your nails etc. You can still be glam! But at home LOL.
9. Don’t stress
Our holiday has now officially been cancelled (we were supposed to travel in June) and although I was a little sad, there are worse things happening right now! All of which are out of our control. None of us can predict what will happen, but all we can do is follow the guidelines right now and together we can all overcome this tricky period. We will one day look back at all this and think ‘how did we overcome that?!’. I truly think we will all come out of this as better and stronger people. This is could be some strange blessing and teaching us all to slow down!
10. Be grateful
It can be so easy to feel sorry for yourself at this time. But we are all in the same position. Some loved ones are passing away, some people’s weddings are being cancelled (that they have planned for years), some people’s holidays that they saved so hard for, are being cancelled. But at a time like this, we need to be thankful for all that we have and in turn it will make us appreciate life’s luxuries that much more. If you have a roof over your head, good family/friends, access to food/water, able to exercise, and are healthy, that in itself is a HUGE blessing. Let’s all be more thankful, kinder, and more patient during this time.
I also wanted to add that I appreciate some people are going through a hard time if they are self-employed or aren’t going to be receiving through their full salary. Please try not to stress and take this a day at time. Stock up on what help you can receive, whether that’s a mortgage holiday or freezing things like your gym membership etc. I really hope that people still share your businesses online and you come out on top after all this is done. Focus on your social media, stay connected, and keep posting!
We are learning together and I hope that these little tips help you.
Lots of love to you all.
Stay safe and stay home.