Oh, how the world has changed drastically in the last couple of months. I won’t lie, there are still days I wake up in disbelief of what our world has come to, but I feel lucky in a sense that being self-employed and working from home for the last four years has prepared me well for self-isolation. Since the majority of us are now spending the foreseeable future within the confines of our home, I’m sharing five daily healthy habits that are keeping me in check and bringing back a touch of normality and routine to my day.
Make Your Bed
Ok, I’m the first person to admit that I detest making my bed. I’ve never been the kind of person to leap out of bed in the morning and immediately pull the covers back up. I know it seems like the most boring, mundane task, but I promise you it’s the first step to keeping a routine. And besides, we can’t sit in bed and binge-watch Netflix all day everyday – reserve that for the weekends. So, tomorrow when your alarm goes off I challenge you to try make your bed in the same time that the kettle boils. Then once you’ve finished, you can pour your morning brew and get started with your day.
Get Some Fresh Air
Yes, we have been advised to stay home and practice social distancing, but that doesn’t mean we have to stay locked up indoors. I don’t know about you, but when I’ve been cooped up indoors I start to feel a bit stale and meh. Every day, try to get outside in the fresh air, ground yourself barefoot on the grass and take some deep inhalations. Let those worrying thoughts or anxious feelings slip away and bring yourself back down to earth. If you can’t get outside easily, crack open a few windows and bring any plants you have inside to help with extra oxygenation and air purification.
Move Your Body
I’ve been pretty slack on my home workouts this week and boy has it had a massive snow ball effect on my mood, motivation and mental health. It’s so important to move your body daily and get the blood pumping. Regardless if you’re able to get outside or have set up in your lounge room like I have, any style of workout you do, your mind and body will thank you. My goal is to do 30 minutes every day, whether that be streaming a barre class online, circuit routine with minimal equipment, or practicing yoga or Pilates with some quiet mediation music – it all counts.
Don’t Forget Your 2 & 5
Chips, dip and chocolate may seem the way to go, but once you’ve finished consuming all your self-iso snacks on day one, you’ll be forced to eat what’s left in the fridge. During these times we want to be building up our immunity with as many vitamins and minerals as possible, so don’t forget your two serves of fruit and five serves of vegetables every day. Some easy ways I love to sneak extra nutrients into my meals is by making a giant pot of soup with loads of veg, herbs and spices, blitzing up a fruit smoothie or fresh juice, and even roasting veggies that are close to date and blending them into a puree to use as a pasta sauce.
Interact With Others
We’ve got to stick together and interacting with others has never been so easy to do with thanks to modern technology. We now have access to communicate with each other at the touch of a button, so let’s not take that for granted. Every day I’ve been making an effort to check in with a different friend or family member to see how they’re doing and to just have a chat. Here are some great ways to interact to others: have an internet wine with your besties via Skype, watch someone’s Instagram live, pick up the phone and call your grandparents, hey, even have a cheeky scroll on TikTok. Whatever way you choose to check in with others, don’t forget to also check in with yourself first, because we’re no good to anyone if we’re not making ourselves our number one priority.