Hey, dazzling babes! It’s day 22984957349 of 2020 and even though lockdown restrictions have been easing up a lot of us are still working and spending the majority of our time at home. This means that it’s still super tempting to wake up late, stay in your PJs, and binge watch Netflix. But it’s imperative that we still make an effort to take care of ourselves and not to slip into unhealthy patterns. That’s why I’m sharing some ideas on how you can be well at home.
Create a routine
This honestly has been the most difficult thing for me to follow at home. It’s easy to put off creating a routine because you’re home and have to where to be but it’s also the quickest way to derail your goals. Get dressed and put a bit of makeup on at least a few times a week to keep some normalcy. I have found putting actual clothes on helps me to be more productive. When it’s time to wind down at night I’ll switch over to my cozy sweats.
At home, you have to be even more disciplined and structured throughout the day. Create a morning and nighttime routine for yourself. Decide what times during the day you are going to be working and when you will have free time. Don’t forget to schedule a time for your meals. It’s easy to forget to eat when you are in the flow of working!
Journaling has been so helpful over the past few months. There’s guaranteed to be some feelings of fear and anxiety during a time like this. Writing is a way to let out your emotions and clear your head. You can choose to free write (let out what’s on your mind) or you can use journaling prompts. Keep in mind that you don’t have to be a writer in order to journal. It’s writing that only you will ever see unless you choose to share it publicly. Check out the list of resources below for prompts!
Meditation is another amazing way to gain clarity and to ease anxiety. I used to believe that mediations weren’t for me because I have a difficult time clearing my mind. Upon looking further into it I discovered that isn’t actually the point of meditation.
Meditation is a practice. You can’t expect to have a completely clear mind or be able to sit completely still when you’re starting out. Even after years of meditating I still have trouble doing this! It’s OK to have thoughts as you meditate. Recognize that thought and then try to come back to your breath.
If you’re a beginner I recommend starting with a guided meditation through an app or YouTube video. When I meditate I only do 5-15 minutes at a time. For now, that is enough to help bring some peace and calmness into my life. Maybe with enough consistency and practice, I’ll be able to work my way up to meditating for a longer period of time!
Keep moving! This is my #1 suggestion for staying healthy while you are at home. It’s so easy to just sit around all day and not move your body because the gym is closed. This is guaranteed to bring down your energy levels and your mood. There are so many resources for getting your body moving (for free!) right now. Find a YouTube video, Facebook group, or local gyms/trainers offering free streaming.
My biggest tip with exercise it to find something that you’ll enjoy. You want to stay consistent and it’s much easier to do something fun. Don’t forget that walking, biking, or roller-skating around the neighborhood counts as exercise!
I know that we are all confined to our homes for the most part but you can still get outside by taking a walk around your neighborhood. Fresh air and time outside have been a huge game-changer for me. If you have the ability to go to the beach, park, or on a hiking trail (while social distancing) take advantage of it. If you have a backyard or a balcony take a few minutes every day to spend time there. Right now I’m writing this post in my backyard. I can honestly say it makes my mood so much better than just sitting inside doing my work!
Eat your veggies
Try your best to stick to a healthy diet while you are at home. I know that it’s tempting to bake all of the things and snake when you’re bored. But it’s critical to keep your immune system up especially in a time like this. Stock up on healthy snacks like nuts, seeds, frozen veggies, and unsweetened dried fruit. Of course, if you want to try out that cookie recipe you’ve been eyeing on Pinterest, go for it! Just make sure that you don’t overdo it and keep the rest of your diet as clean as possible.
How you have been spending your time this year. Be sure to drop any tips on staying healthy in the comments below!