Please raise your hand if you have ever felt personally victimised by
Regina George COVID-19. Yep, it has pretty much affected all of us in some way, shape or form. Besides for the health scare for ourselves and our loved ones, the world has been turned upside down in a mere matter of weeks. Whilst we have no control over the situation at large, it’s comforting to know that we do have control over our immediate circumstances.
In a time where everything is uncertain, routine can serve to anchor us. It puts us back in the driver’s seat and gives us the control we feel we’ve lost . It provides some form of normalcy, makes sure you address all that you need to, keeps productivity and sanity in check, the list goes on.
Since arriving back to Israel, I have been sticking to a great routine. This has allowed me to stay productive, focused and calm during these stressful times. Before I share my exact routine, here are 3 thoughts I have been working on in addition to that:
- Getting dressed every morning – This emphasizes the start of a new day, the transition from night to day and stops you from feeling like a slob.
- Distinguishing between daytime and nighttime activities – During the day, I like to be productive and take advantage of my energy and the natural light. This means I keep all the work stuff and small outdoor walks to the day while Netflix, painting and FaceTiming are reserved for the evening. To keep the structure, I make sure to not fill in work-breaks with a nighttime activity. This also means that when’s it’s time to switch off and relax at the end of the day, those activities are kept special & allow me to fully relax.
- Distinguish between the week and weekend – seeing as all of us are home all the time, I like to make a significant distinction between the week and weekend to avoid the lengthy dragging of time. I make sure to keep my weeks productive so I can chill out on the weekend. This means waking up later, watching movies and yes, sometimes staying in PJ’s all day.
My Quarantine Routine
Wake up – I try to set an alarm for the same time every day to maintain a daily structure. Granted, it is a little later than usual (seeing as we need less time to get ready and commute). For most of us, this could actually be something a little positive having that extra few time to get some zzz’s.
Next, I put on dance music, get up and make my bed. I’ve read numerous studies that found making your bed first thing in the morning creates your first productive task of the day and sets a tone for the rest of the day. Sometimes making your bed can feel like a chore, so playing some good music + getting your groove on can seriously help! It also starts the day off on a happy note with good energy and #positivevibes.
Shower – usually I shower at night but lately I have been finding it harder than usual to wake up, so this really helps me fully wake up in the am!
Wash my face & brush my teeth.
Have a Vitamin C drink – gotta keep that immune system looking good!
Write a daily affirmation – while in full quarantine, I have been writing a new one each morning and reciting the past few. It is unbelievably helpful in keeping a positive perspective (especially during this time). One of my favourites includes – I have abundant energy, health and wellbeing. Try repeating that to yourself every morning for a week and see how your mindset changes.
Get dressed – even if it means nighttime pyjamas to daytime ones (yes, I heard someone saying this recently and I think it’s absolutely genius). During this unforeseeable time, it’s extremely important to distinguish between day and night so that time doesn’t bleed into each other and make everything feel like a blur. This will also keep you more productive if you are working from home. Now, I am not saying you need to roll out a colour co-ordinated pantsuit. Even just changing into comfy loungewear will set a different tone for the day.
The bulk of every day differs but usually consists of working from home, creating content for the blog, listening to a podcast in my lunch break + getting some sun on the balcony.
7 PM Workout – pre-lockdown, I used to love working out first thing in the morning at the gym but since that is closed, the evening has become my new go-to.
Wind-down/bedtime routine – this includes lighting a candle, dimming the lights in my room and enjoying some creative outlets like painting, reading, crosswords, stretching + yoga.
I hope this gives you guys some ideas on developing your own personal quarantine routine. Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!