Where do I start?
During this unusual time in our lives, many folks are not quite sure what to do with themselves for an entire day (let alone probable weeks), in the confines of their homes. I’d like to offer some proactive choices to help keep things flowing.
First, try to create a daily schedule and stick with it. I’m sure you’ve heard this already, but don’t know where to start. Here is a sample routine that might resonate with you.
In the morning
- Start with some stretching and breathing exercises, take a warm shower and dress as though you’re going to work.
- Make your coffee/breakfast and sit quietly for a few moments to center and enjoy your meal.
- Create a healthy “minute to win it” habit to incorporate meditation in your a.m. routine (see my “Habits” blog for pointers).
- Begin your remote learning or work (be sure to take movement breaks from sitting. (I make it a point to move either in my space or outside, every 15-20 minutes)
Break for lunch-be sure to eat a variety of food choices during snacks and lunch–incorporate colorful foods like fruits and vegetables along with starch choices and be sure to hydrate!
In the afternoon
5. Stretch and breathe–give your mind and body the opportunity to re-calibrate. I have my yoga mat stretched out behind my desk. Set a timer for a couple of minutes and move your body.
6. Return to your remote learning or work. Again, take movement breaks, have a hot tea cold beverage and/or snack to rejuvenate. Look out a window for a few moments to appreciate the outdoors. Connect with your children and pets.
In the evening
7. Prepare a meal for yourself or your family. Get others involved in the process. I have my teens prep veggies or make a baked good to pair with dinner or for dessert.
8. Limit the amount of additional time near your computer or TV. There’s lot of information out there. Restrict your intake of information by accessing reputable sources and sites to keep you informed.
9. Find time to journal or verbally express to self or family what you’re grateful for.
10. Relax. Breathe. Read or listen to an audio book. Watch a favorite show. Take a warm bath or shower if you didn’t do so in the a.m. Be aware and conscious to conserve your resources. Turn lights off and light candles.
11. Prepare yourself for rest. Take a minute (literally) to sit in your bed and take three deep breaths. Express gratitude silently or out loud. Keep all electronic devices away from your bedroom so that you’re not interrupted while resting.
12. Send a prayer or blessing to your family, the people in your town, country, and world.