Don’t let social isolation ruin your routine!
If you’re stuck inside socially isolating and working from home or looking after your kids while schools are temporarily closed, you can easily lose your routine. As a company built on the importance of creating and maintaining health and wellbeing routines, we want to help support you to keep yours in whatever way we can.
Being inside for the majority of the day doesn’t have to mean you can’t continue to improve and maintain your physical and mental wellbeing. Try these tips to help you reclaim (or improve) your daily routine.
Start your day normally
Keep whatever daily start/end routine you normally stick to, or even use this time as an opportunity to improve and refine your normal daily hours. Set your alarm and get up and do what you would if you were going to work, shower and get dressed. We know how tempting it is to stay in your PJ’s all day lounging while you work, but you will feel more productive and active if you’re dressed. Setting an alarm and sticking to it maintains your sleep/wake schedule and will ensure you’re still used to it when it’s time to go back to work.
Learn something new
This period of social isolation can so easily be one of deteriorating skills or productivity. It's not easy to, but if you can switch your mindset to a productive one to have targets and goals to make this time productive it could change your entire mindset. There is an array of free online courses to choose from. Whether you want to teach yourself to knit or learn a new language, there will be an online way to do it. Keeping your mind occupied could help you remained focus and keep your drive while working from and spending more time at home.
Don’t lose your sleep routine
Having a sleep routine is just as important as keeping your morning one. Social isolation can lead so easily to fluctuating sleep patterns, if this time is to be seen as an opportunity then keeping, or setting a routine at the end of the day is key. Pick a set time to start winding down, put your feet up and relax before bed. With working from home, it is tempting to do ‘just one more,’ but don’t forget to have ‘you time’, focus on self-love and don’t overwork yourself. These are very stressful times for everyone, but making sure you take care of your physical and mental health, and of those around you, is of a very high priority.
Eat a healthy filling breakfast
Shopping is a difficult time right now, so it's not always easy to get everything you are used to. That makes it all the more important to adapt your eating routine to your new reality and plan ahead. Snacking is so tempting throughout the day when you’re at home all the time, but starting your day with a big, filling breakfast will help you fight off the snack-temptations. And if you can, making it a breakfast filled with nutrients will get you off to a good start with your eating habits for the rest of the day.
Get outside when you can
Even during social isolation, you can go outside once a day (on your own or with members of your household). Use it to get yourself moving and to get your dose of vitamin D from the sunshine. Vitamin D comes naturally from the sunshine and is vital in the maintenance of muscles and bones in your body, as well as aiding the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D)
If you’re an avid gym-goer or want to get into an active lifestyle, being in social isolation doesn’t have to stop you. It can be so easy to use this downtime to slouch on the sofa and watch Netflix. That's the easy thing to do, but you can reset your personal routines but maintaining or increasing your physical activity. There are apps, videos and online classes for workouts at home. If you’re interested in more outdoor activities, you can do your workouts in your garden, or you can go for long walks, jogs or runs. Just make sure you’re following the guidelines for social isolation.
Sticking to your routines can be difficult, but during this time, it might just be what you need. Focusing on goals and achievements can help pass the day and keep you fit and healthy until this passes.
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