What strange times we are living in hey?
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, the world is slowly shutting down bit by bit as we battle COVID-19. There’s no denying this is a frightening and uncertain time for most of us, especially when nobody is sure how things will turn out.
Are you currently self isolating? I am. My workplace is still operating as we are deemed essential services however the majority of us are working from home. I really feel for those who work in industries that have been shut down completely. I am so grateful that I can work from home, still keep my job and support myself. I’m really, really lucky.
If you thrive on routine, like me, you may be feeling a bit unsettled from all of the changes. I thought I’d share some tips on how to maintain some sort of normalcy during this strange time.
Set up a designated work area. This is so important! Being able to ‘go to work’ in your house requires a complete mind shift so having a designated area makes all the difference. Of course, not everyone has will have the space so just do what works for you. Find a corner, the end of your dining table or even an ironing board (yes this works too!) I switched my ‘blogging’ space into my ‘work’ space and it has worked out great. Now, I wake up and make my way to my desk and am able to get into work mode.
Stick to a routine. This is equally as important! If you’re anything like me, you may get easily distracted and end up doing anything but working. Creating some sort of routine, even if it’s very loose can make a huge difference. Things like changing out of your pj’s into normal clothes, having a tea/coffee at your ‘desk’ and having regular scheduled breaks can provide some stability to your day.
Get some movement in each day. Being home all day can easily turn you into a sloth (such cute animals!) so it’s important to get some exercise in. Do a 15 minute YouTube Pilates class, bring out the weights or run around your backyard. At work I am forever moving around (to the printer, to speak to someone or to make an emergency dash to iga for chocolate) however at home I move around a lot less. I’ve made an effort to do some weight training for around 30 minutes a day, just to not feel so blah.
Stay connected. I love going into work and seeing all of my colleagues each day (more than I thought I did), so to not have this direct contact can be really hard. Start a messaging group, email each other or have video chats whilst drinking a cup of tea; stay connected! For some people, this may be the only human contact they get all day.
Try to stay positive. This will pass, and things will go back to normal soon. If you are feeling a bit (or a lot) unsettled and lost, know that so many of us are feeling the same way. Things will get better in time.
I hope you are all well and adjusting to a new routine.