Our second week of home quarantine is almost over and there is no end in sight yet. While we can all be thankful for having a safe place, where we can stay, it also pushes us to our limits to isolate for such a long time. So many are falling in a deep hole of depression and the anxiety levels are high, so I thought I send you a little reminder of some things that you could do to not only survive this quarantine time, but make the most of it.
Now that you spend so much time at home it is even more important to make sure that you feel really comfortable at home. Everyone of us has these spots, which already bother you for quite some time, but you never sorted them out. It might be that chaotic kitchen area, the pictures that still stand in a corner because you did´t hang them up yet or dislike the wall colors. Now is your time to change those things, clean them up, find a spot for every little thing that you own and get rid of the ones that don´t give you a good feeling. Often it helps already to reorganise your things, it´s not necessary to go out and by a bunch of new stuff. You probably underestimate the power of it, but believe me you will feel so much calmer when you are in peace with your surrounding and everything is well organised. It will also give you the good feeling of finally achieving something that you wanted to do for such a long time.
Gratitude And Boredom
Your inner peace is just as important as the outer effects. Especially in these uncertain time it is even more important to practice some gratitude and be thankful for the things you have, the people that surround you and the experiences you are making. Appreciate the little things that have been normal for you before like a walk outside, time with your loved ones or even cooking your favourite dish.
Extra tip: If you are not a meditation person try this: Choose the feeling of being bored for a moment and open up to it completely. We are so used to function all the time and run from one thing to another, but sometimes it helps to stop completely to get rid of the feeling of overload. The funny thing is that especially in those moments when we choose boredom and calm our head we actually end up with a new inspiration.
Now Is Your Time
Try the things you never had the time for. Learn the new language or some other skill with an online course, try out that recipe book you got last christmas. Write that book or look for your paints and draw a picture just for the sake of enjoying it. You could try out some new exercises, there are tons of videos on youtube or you start recording your own days and try out some video skills. Knit a scarf or sew something. Now is your time to be creative, so please don´t waste it with just binge watching all day long.
You could also start a new self-employment that you wanted to try for quite some time. So my recommendation to you is:
Extra tip: Choose your own project and start it T O D A Y
You don´t have anything you feel passionate about and don´t know which project you could choose? Than look at yourself as your project. In the next days and weeks you can try to find out which bigger life goal excites you and fills you with joy and happiness. Ask yourself which things make you happy and how you want your future to be like.
This post might help you. It is a 5 step guidance to more self-knowledge and happiness. It always helps me a lot to refocus on myself, choose my priorities and find back to happiness: Time to refocus: 5 simple steps to find your own path to happiness
Limit Bad Behaviours
In this crazy corona virus time it is so important to stay sane and look after yourself, so there a bunch of things that you should better not do while you are in a quarantine, cause the might depress you. My suggestions are
DON´T OVEREAT – Who else is eating way more than normally now that we are so close to our fridge all the time? It might be delicious, but can turn into a tricky situation quickly. Better plan your meals for the day and set yourself some boundaries. That way you can still enjoy the things you want to eat, but in a normal limit.
CREATION OVER CONSUMING is a real key changer. We are so used to just consume by watching tv, reading a book or listening to podcasts and therefor the thoughts of others. In the upcoming week limit your consuming time and choose something that you create.
NO POTATO MOOD – Now that our only walks are from the couch to the kitchen or to the bathroom it is really important to start to exercise. Even when you are normally not a sporty person you should include and schedule some exercise time in your day. Especially for beginners I recommend a weekly challenge. You will find lots of them on youtube and pinterest. Even though I´ve never been a fan of home workout videos before they really motivated me in the last week. I started to do them just by myself, but quickly my partner joined and even the three kids of his brother love to have a daily exercise challenge now – and believe me they didn´t move away from their videos games in the first week AT ALL! So our daily exercises really got some fun time in our days and I don´t want to miss them anymore.
DON´T OVERREAD – limit your scrolling time on social media and try to not read the news for too long. Sure it´s important to check what´s going on, but it´s also proved that too many informations will depress you. It is really personal to choose how much news time is too much for you, so listen to your gut. Some might be alright with 30 minutes, while others already feel overwhelmed after 5 minutes, so do what´s best for you.
DON´T SLEEP IN – and believe me that´s the hardest one for myself at the moment. As we are staying in the house of my boyfriends brother at the time and can´t fly back to our own home our only „free time“ without the 3 kids is really late and early in the morning. So we started to stay awake way too long and woke up at 10am with the kids jumping on our bed, but that´s not the best way to wake up. Now we have an alarm that wakes us up about 45 minutes before the kids wake up and it is so much better. Even though I actually might sleep less than before, I feel way more energised and started to like my mornings again. If you are struggling with sleeping in than look at your mornings, maybe you don´t want to leave the bed because there is nothing exciting you are looking forward to. Than change that!
REMEMBER YOUR GOOD HABITS -All the good habits that you normally do are here to help you feel calmer and happier with yourself. Stick with them even in this home quarantine time. Examples for good habits: waking up early, lemon water instead of a coffee in the morning, exercise, meditation, reading before bedtime and so on.
LOVE OVER HATE – Being 24/7 with your family or partner might be tricky for you. Try to not fight with your loved ones. This situation is as hard for them as it is for you and we all struggle with loosing our freedom of doing what we want when we want, eat what we want or even just having some alone time. Give them some extra space. Try to be helpful with things around the house and appreciate them. Is there someone who always cleans up or cooks? Than help that person and show them that you really appreciate their effort.
Plan New Adventures
Last but not least make a list of all the things that you would like to do, when your quarantine time is over. Even go the next step and look up on which place you can do the cooking class, that you are dreaming of right now. Plan the holiday and all the things you want to do on the destination, so that when you actually can leave the house again are more likely to actually do that trip. Just because your dreams have to wait at the moment does´t mean that you are not allowed to dream. It´s the opposite! Dream as big and as much as you can and when the quarantine time is over go out and make those dreams come true, cause what we all learned in the last weeks is that nothing can be taken for granted and we should use our time wisely.Now is your time to be C R E A T I V E so please don´t waste it with just binge watching all day long. Klick um zu Tweeten