Updated: Apr 27, 2020
The world is in a different state. One we never pictured and one that we sure as s* weren't fully prepared for.
Being home now more than ever can cause people to develop or fall into bad habits, depression, or lack of motivation.
We've created a list to get you out of the COVID slump, and into a state of productivity or even just peace. (We don't have to go for perfect here.)
1. Create a schedule. You might be feeling lost because the structure you once lived with has basically gone to the wayside. Whether or not you're employed, this can effect anyone that's now full-time working remotely or those that find themselves without a job for the first time in years. By creating a schedule you give your brain and body routine that can help keep you motivated to stay on task. You can keep it loose - or if you're more Type A, to the exact moment you want something done. An example of this:
7:00 am: wake up, brush teeth
7:15 am: walk the dog
7:30 am: shower
8:00 am: sit down for work
(and the list goes on..)
2. Speaking of tasks, create a task list. There is something so fundamentally fulfilling about crossing an item off of your list or checking a box once something is complete. It's also really helpful at the end of the day to look back at everything you've accomplished - in what often feels like an unproductive time. This will most likely correspond with the schedule you've created. It can go a little something like this:
walk the dog
meditate for 15 minutes
switch the laundry
do the dishes
(you get the picture, right?)
3. Meditate. For 10 minutes, 5 minutes, anything - at least once a day. We find this easiest in the mornings before email and the craziness of the day, but you'll figure out what works best for you. Find a second to just sit, breathe, and push all other thoughts aside. For the less than quiet mind, try using a free app like Insight Timer. They offer guided meditations and track how long and how often you're meditating. YouTube also offers some free guided meditations or music that help even the chronic over thinker. If you've always been meaning to get started with your practice, now couldn't be a better time.
4. Track your wellness. We've created a tracker available free for print here. By actually seeing for yourself how you're being accountable for self-cafe, it can help you keep with it. Our list includes daily gratitude, a hydration station, and logging your exercise routine.
5. Journal. There is something to be said about the catharsis that writing down your emotions can provide. During this time it's hard to know how you're feeling in your own body, let alone communicating it to someone else. By journaling your experiences and emotions, you can hone in on self-love and work through anxiety by letting go and releasing your thoughts that often times when kept to yourself, can lead to self-deprecating behavior or worse, depression. Set a goal for yourself. 3 pages a day, 10 things you're grateful for, or find a guided journal with pre-existing prompts. Habit Nest makes a few really good ones, including this one on mindfulness. Amazon is a great resource for guided journals, Here are a few of our favorites below.