Globally, we are all currently experiencing a loss of structure within the madness that is COVID-19. Whatever that may look like for you, I am sure you are feeling a loss in routine, balance, and normalcy. Maybe you’ve binge watched a Netflix series (or two, no ones judging you), you have eaten more food than you’re willing to admit, or you’re completely avoiding your homework. What better way to help get you back into your groove, than implementing some helpful and healthy tips into your daily routine.
- When you get up in the morning, do at least one thing that deeply nourishes you! Right away. It is so important how we set the tone for the rest of the day. Especially when all of our days begin to blend together and look and feel the same. When you wake up in the morning, try not reaching for your phone to check the news or social media. But do something immediately once you’re awake, that truly nourishes you. Try drinking a glass of water first thing, cook yourself a real breakfast, make a gratitude list, walk your dog, or watch the sunrise. It is up to you to figure out what this practice looks like because we are all different.
- Make your bed every day! When you wake up in the morning, nourish your body with that one thing you have identified, and then make your bed. Even if you normally don’t do this, give it a try! This is an important practice in times of isolation because it signals to the brain that the night is over and a new day is starting. This small ritual helps to separate the days and creates order in your bedroom. Take one minute out of your morning and make your bed!
- MOVE YOUR BODY! Once a day, move your body to the point of sweating. Even if that is putting on a groovy tune and dancing in your kitchen, do it! You can go for a run, search a free 20 minute at home workout on YouTube, or dance it out! Moving your body in times of isolation is a benefit not just for your physical health, but more importantly, your mental health. This will help move energy around, not only in the body, but in the mind. Those thoughts that feel stuck will begin to flush once you move your body to the point of sweating.
- Avoid snacking all day. This can be one of the hardest tools to implement when quarantined. Food can fill voids, create comfort, and distract us from the madness that is happening in our current reality. Setting structure for your eating will help you to avoid snacking. Find time in your day to plan out REAL meals for breakfast, lunch, dinner and healthy snacks to help the sneaky patterns of snack attacks.
- Keep your space as clean and organized as much as you can. If we start to feel low emotionally and mentally, one of the first things to go is our energy to clean our environment and surroundings. Try your best to create a daily habit where you are being extra intentional about keeping your space clean. Your home is your sanctuary right now and keeping it neat and tidy will help it continue to be a sacred space for you during quarantine.
- Limit things that are hard for you to use in moderation. Things that you know are easy to binge on and are more of a negative than they are positive. Of course we all have our vices and should be kind to ourselves during this time, but things that you know are not good for you in the long run: Netflix, sugar, social media, alcohol, gossiping, etc. These are used as mindless escapes of our current reality. Try practicing moderation in the things you know do not serve you, your well being, and your future self. Be kind to yourself during this process and practice finding balance.
- Give yourself permission to FREAK OUT but do not get stuck there. Give yourself permission to feel the fear and have a moment to panic. It’s okay and normal to be worried right now. Just don’t let yourself live there. Try dedicating time each day to consciously feel what is occurring in our current reality. Let the energy flow through and out of you. Try sharing what you’re feeling with a loved one or write it down in your favorite journal.
- Practice being social! Even though we are physically in social isolation, that does not mean we have to be unsocial. We still have the ability to be consciously present with friends and family through FaceTime, Zoom or other platforms. Try setting dates with your friends to engage and share space together face to face. Cook the same recipe as a friend and have dinner together, text less and FaceTime more!
We are all isolating, we are all in this together, and no one is walking this challenging journey alone. Remind yourself daily that you are not alone. I hope that you can use and practice these tips to help you stay grounded during this time. The best thing you can do for the greater good of humanity is to stay home, stay safe, and take good care of yourself.