Let’s face it. Do you even know what day it is? As we sit in isolation, the days all seem to jumble together. It can seem like you have nothing to look forward to with the monotony of life at the moment. I live at home by myself with my 2 cats so the only physical interaction I get is with them. However, there have been some things that I have implemented in my life to try to keep things a bit interesting and fun. Hopefully, 1 or more of these things will peak your interest as we continue our social responsibility of sheltering in place.
Develop a routine
It’s a great time to develop daily habits. Instead of sitting in your pajamas until 1, 2, or maybe all day, get up and get ready just as if you were going to work. This helps to set your tone for the day and give you a sense of purpose. Every morning I make tea, feed my cats, meditate, journal and study Spanish on Duolingo. You could add in exercise with a virtual class or virtual personal training sessions. Read for 10 or 15 minutes. If your hours are cut or you no longer have a job, use that time in the morning to look for jobs an hour or 2 every day. Developing a routine will help to add a bit of normalcy.
Create a To Do List
Having something that you need to do helps to give you a sense of purpose on a day to day basis. Otherwise, you may just spend hours of your day sitting around binging the latest craze. Tiger King anyone? You can organize your closet. Maybe do some of those deep cleaning projects or home repairs you have been putting off. You could download my Free 10 Day Boost Your Energy Challenge if you’ve been feeling a bit mentally or physically drained. Reorganize the furniture in your room so there’s more space.
For me, I like to create a list of things that need to be done so when I have a break between clients or nothing to do for chunks of my day I have focus. Taking advantage of this time to do those things will help you feel all caught up especially when we have to head back to “real life” and that extra time is gone. I teach impermanence a lot in my yoga classes. Living in the present moment. This extra time won’t last forever. Fortunately, neither will this pandemic.
Unless you are an essential worker (and thank you so much to all of you who are!) then that commute time has vanished. Poof! Just like that you no longer have to sit in hours of traffic stressed out. If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area like me, you now have about 2 or more hours back in your day. What is something that you wish you had more time to do?
You can catch up virtually with friends or family over FaceTime, Hangouts or Skype. Many of my friends & clients have been doing virtual happy hours. I recently taught a virtual yoga & beer class with trivia after that was a blast! Maybe you have books you never have time to read. Start writing that novel you have been keeping in your head. Bake with your kids. Have a spa night. Or learn something new. I found salsa classes online and am soooooo excited! Now that you have the extra time take advantage of it.
What have you been doing to maintain a routine and pass the time during this pandemic? Tag us on Instagram @fun2befit_ceo or on Facebook @fun2befit.siliconvalley and show us what you’re doing to make the most of your time.