Life Hacks For Covid-19 Lockdown!
2020 has been a LONG year... and when I say long... I mean social distancing, home quarantine, global coronavirus pandemic kind of long. I'm not going to put it lightly, these are tough times and no one really knows how this will all play out. I understand that it's hard to stay positive when you're one of the people being deeply affected by this global crisis. What you definitely don't want to do is sit at home worrying and watching the news while you do absolutely nothing with this new found time that you now have in your hands. One thing you can do, however, is to stay active. I'm no expert, just a humble human, but here are a few tips to help you stay productive during the Covid-19 lockdown:
1. Wake up early!
They say people who wake up early are better problem solvers... I know it can be difficult to start a new routine if you already stay up really late and wake up later but try this to break that sleeping pattern -> Wake up really early one day and avoid taking a nap. You will eventually feel tired earlier than usual and go to bed earlier too. If you continue waking up early and going to bed earlier... then in no time this will be part of your routine. Keep in mind, however, that waking up early may not be for everyone. See what works better for you!
2. Listen to music when you wake up.
Depending on your mood and/or anxiety levels in the morning, you can play around with what kind of music you choose to listen to. Maybe some meditation music to practice mindfulness, nature sounds to find peace, or even upbeat music to wake up feeling energetic!
3. Write down your thoughts/ feelings.
It's very beneficial to write down what you are feeling, both negative and positive, along with things you are grateful for. Grab a notebook for that purpose and write in it every single day. It might feel strange at first to look at a blank page and just write, but by the end of the week you'll have a few pages filled with the things you are grateful for and how you felt.
4. Move your body.
Workout! There a tons of resources online to help you get started in a healthy at home excessive routine. From core exercises to dance cardio there is something for everyone.
Showering always helps me relax and refresh my mind. Not only is showering a physical cleanse, but it can also be a very mental and spiritual cleanse too.
6. Eat breakfast.
Breakfast is the first meal of the day and a very important one. When you go to sleep at night you are fasting... when you wake up in the morning you break that fast. It's not so much whether you eat breakfast or not that is important, but what you put into your stomach during your first meal of the day. That first meal after breaking your fast will set the bacteria in your stomach for the rest of your day.
7. Take a walk.
Remember our good friend sunlight? Yeah...Take a walk and enjoy some fresh air. Being in doors all day can sometimes make people feel cloudy and even a little down. Even if it's just for 15-30 minutes, I'm sure it'll brighten your day.
8. Learn something new.
Have a an interest or hobby that you have been wanting to learn more about but never had time? NOW is the time! Gather all of the resources you need and start learning.
9. Video chat friends and family.
One thing that has stayed consistent during this global crisis has been technology and internet. Use it to spread some love to your family and friends and check in on them!
11. Bake something.
If you're usually not much of a chef, you can take this time to learn a few new skills. Whether it's a simple salmon recipe or baking an entire cake from scratch. You can do it!
12. Clean up your space.
Spring cleaning anyone? I don't know about you, but for me cleaning is one of the best ways for me to de-stress. It's actually been said that cleaning can even have positive effects on your mental health.
13. Rearrange/ redecorate your space.
Nothing feels better than rearranging your furniture and feeling like you're in a brand new space, or is that just me? I absolutely love rearranging the furniture in my house every so often. It just makes me feel like I'm opening myself up to change and new opportunities. Maybe you'll get a similar feeling too!
14. Take an online class.
There. Are. So. Many. Options. I'm sure there is a class for whatever subject you are interested in. So many websites have full on courses that you can register for and some even offer discounts on the regular!
So what are you waiting for? Start taking advantage of this time and do something for you!