I don’t know about you, but I’m still stuck in lockdown. We’re in stage 4 now. Let me tell you, life is getting a little boring and I would like to come out of COVID with my sanity. Relatable?
That being said, I’m bringing you tips on how we can change up our routine during COVID-19. Honestly, what I’ve been doing isn’t super dramatic or life-changing, rather it’s small, simple changes in my weekend. These tips can go both ways, whether you don’t have much of a routine at the moment or whether that’s what’s keeping you going, you can implement these changes to whatever routine is working for you at the moment.
- Change your alarms: Many of us try to have alarms for the weekday that are pretty early. Setting later alarms on the weekend allows for more rest and chance to recharge for the coming week.
- Set a wind-down timer: This step is a GAME CHANGER. Setting a wind-down timer for each night will help you relax before heading to bed. I set mine for 5pm. This tip promotes healthier habits for both the mind and body.
- Speaking of lists, write a list: I’m a sucker for lists, you too? LOVE THAT. Writing lists of things to do is a great way to break up the mundane routine that COVID is having on our lives and it adds a little bit of structure to our days.
- Practice self-care: Who doesn’t like feeling good about themselves? Doing things that make you feel good is a must! Self-care not only feeds the soul but relaxes the mind. Some say it’s just as theraputic as therapy.
- Find a new hobby: Hobbies are great, especially ones you can do during lockdown. Did you used to jog outside and now you can’t? Try indoor cardio. Were you used to training at the gym? Order a set of dumbbells! Take up an instrument, practice painting or creating. This is actually a really fire way to change up your routine, especially if you don’t have much of one at the moment.
- Enjoy the little things: Making a conscious effort to be grateful for what brings you joy is especially important if you’re in lockdown like me. Appreciating things that make you happy is a really great reminder of all of the good to come. That being said, if that’s hard to do right now, please reach out to someone you trust or a mental health professional even if it’s just for a chat. Knowing you’re less alone is a game-changer and professionals are also humans, we crave social contact just as much as you. Believe it or not, we aren’t just out to diagnose you and put you on a bunch of meds like people make it seem. At the end of the day, we care about your well-being and are always happy to listen to anything you have to say – no matter how silly or dark it is. We want you to have a place to put your feelings instead of carrying them around with you, making you feel heavy. So find a place to put your troubles and make life a little easier on yourself.
Always with love,
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