Happy St. Patricks Day! Although this hasn’t been the most ‘Lucky’ St. Patty’s Day, we can still make the most of it by taking care of ourselves and being aware of our actions! Social Distancing is in full effect, and we need to keep up our productivity, and not allow ourselves to get lazy. As I mentioned in the last blog post, during this time of worry and unknown it is important to be focusing on YOU! If you allow yourself to be stressed and worried your body will have a harder time fighting off illness, and with the COVID – 19 situation, it is important for us to have a healthy immune system, which means one of my favorite things must take place. . . . . HAVING A ROUTINE!!!
Today I am going to share with you eight things that you should be adding to your routine while you’re at home self quarantining or social distancing!
I think that having a routine is crucial to your success, and in a time like this, it is crucial to your sanity as well. We are all in different situations in our lives, and this virus and panic is effecting each of us differently, so I ask you to please create a routine, but be reasonable to your life and what will work for you. Do not by any means let having a routine cause more stress to your life. The purpose of having a routine is to add more calm and clarity of your life. You know yourself better than I do, so make sure you’re taking care of yourself.
Let’s go ahead and get right into it . . . . .
1. DON’T CHECK SOCIAL MEDIA OR THE NEWS FIRST THING IN THE MORNING
Social Media is a mess right now, you know it’s true. I love social media but I have been trying to stay off of it as much as possible to keep my sanity. The worst thing that you can do for yourself right now is check your phone first thing in the morning. I want you to start your day off on the right foot, and checking your phone will just drag you into a negativity spiral.
I talked about gratitude in yesterdays post, if you want to check that out, CLICK HERE, but having a gratitude practice can really shape your mindset in a time like this. Instead of focusing on the panic and worry, we need to focus on what we are grateful for, and keep our eyes open for the little moments. That is all I will say here, if you want to learn more about it, click above and read the post all about gratitude.
Take some time over your break to really develop a meditation practice that works for you. There are a lot of different forms of meditation from guided, to mantra, to mindfulness, to sleep. Try and do this every day while you’re self quarantined or social distancing and see what effects it has on your life. This can keep you calm in the storm of life, and help you keep your cool. A few tools I recommend are Audible and Insight Timer.
4. DRINK MORE WATER
Right now we really need to be taking great care of our bodies, and drinking water is a simple thing that you can do that will improve a lot of functions of your life. It helps with brain fog, clear skin, fatigue, and so much more. Chances are you probably don’t drink enough water, and you really should be. Add this into your routine in a subtle way, so that you don’t resent drinking water. Try having an 8oz glass of water before your coffee in the morning. Some people don’t like the taste of water, so a hack for you is to purchase the Mio water flavors and crystal ice water flavors. These will help you drink water and not be miserable while doing it!
I know, I know, you’re probably reading this and thinking “But Ali, my gym is closed because of the virus!”, and let me just tell you, THAT IS AN EXCUSE! You can do at home exercises, or take your dog for a walk, or just take yourself for a walk. Being out in nature (if you’re not around strangers) is a very low risk situation for you to be in. So go do it. I personally have taken up walking my dog, she is getting up there in years and it is good for both of us to go out and hit the canal bank. Exercise can help you relieve stress, which as we talked about earlier, is essential to keeping a healthy immune system! This can also get you off of the couch when you’re stuck at home.
Pick up a good book. If you don’t consider yourself to be a reader, right now is a great time to change that. I don’t care which genre you choose, fiction, personal development, business, romance, contemporary, fantasy, it doesn’t matter. Reading a book will be significantly more beneficial to you than sitting on your butt and watching TV for two – four weeks. If you don’t have any books you haven’t read, get kindle, or audible, or go on amazon and order a book. I don’t care what you do as long as you READ something during this time!
7. IMPROVE YOUR DIET
Now is a great time to improve your diet. Eating healthier foods will help to detoxify our bodies. With so much toxicity going around, its the little things that count. Eat some more greens, and a little less cookies. Start the process of making some shifts. Especially if you have a lot of time on your hands, right now could be a great time to learn some new recipes!
8. GET THE TASKS YOU’VE BEEN PUTTING OFF DONE
Face it, we all have a list of things that we have been putting off for weeks, or even months. Whether it is your ‘honey do list’ or just reorganizing the kitchen, we all have tasks that we want to get done but don’t. Now is a great time to paint your bathroom, or deep clean your house. Get a small task done every day and see what a difference it makes at the end of this situation!
I hope that these ideas will help you this week, and I hope that they impact the rest of your life in a positive way. We also did a Facebook Live about this topic so be sure to check that out!
Click below to listen to our podcast episode all about Keeping Consistent with a routine!
Comment down below what you’re taking away from this post, and what you are doing to add a positive routine to your life! I hope that you enjoyed this post and are staying safe and healthy during this pandemic.
With much love,