If you have thought “How do I stay motivated?” it means that you have motivation already and are actively pursuing your goals and dreams. Just because you are staying indoors does not mean those dreams stop, nor do you.
Wear outdoor clothes indoors
Some days are harder than others, but that’s just the ebb and flow of life. Plan for your day by dressing up, making up, and styling your hair like you normally would. You never know, you may want to take a cute selfie or live chat today.
Make an indoor schedule
Let’s discuss a good routine vs a bad routine. It’s so easy to fall into an unhealthy uninspired rhythm at home, so I find it’s helpful to treat my schedule like any regular day. Wake up with an alarm, get myself ready for work, cook, schedule in coffee meet ups online, workout, do the work I need to in a dedicated work space (not in front of the TV or in bed), take meetings online, calls, even dinner dates with friends! Just like we need a schedule to go out, we need a schedule to stay in or we’ll slip into a rut and find ourselves in lonely separation.
Work from home
Set up an office space in the house where you have access to the essentials you will need like phone, laptop, chargers, pens, notebooks, and printer. I tried working from the bed, couch, dining table, you name it and it’s completely counterproductive for me to be able to get things done. I have now set up my desk facing a window, so I can get some natural light and focus my eyes in the distance for a break from time to time. Otherwise, whatever area you can allocate at home is good including a standing station if you have a bar area.
Wow, the days seem to fly by when they are quite similar, so I take stock every Friday for accountability and write out what my schedule is for the next week. I consciously go through each day and think of what I personally felt I accomplished each day. Unrelated to working from home, I give myself credit for self-fulfilling tasks like finishing a book, learning to make a new dish, doing a LIVE workout, or practicing playing an instrument. Keep setting your personal goals and accomplishing those things that you need to do.
As many of you know I have been taking a breath work course online. I find that distance learning is key to keeping my mind engaged and active. There are many online courses to take that could help you fill in any gaps in your expertise or knowledge. Have a think and actively search online, ask friends for references, and research on schools for something that clicks. Some ideas would be to take a Master Class, study a foreign language, photography, cooking, painting, or DIY. This process does take some time, so if you haven’t taken the time to get to know yourself better and discover what you really like to develop as a hobby then do! You never know, this hobby could become your passion and your choice of work in the future.
Drink less to no alcohol & sugar
Alcohol is a depressant and contains a lot of sugar in mixers & wine. This portion falls into a bad unhealthy routine when you find yourself in the cupboard or fridge reaching for dessert all day and having hangovers at home. Limit your intake to 1 glass or drink and 1 dessert a day if you must and cook proper meals for yourself with healthy fats and carbs that keep you full longer, so you are not hanging around the kitchen when peckish. I shared some healthy FitSphere recipes that are easy to make with whatever you have in your cupboard.
Breathe and meditate
Taking a conscious breath a day has been key to grounding me at home. Taking a diaphragmatic inhale through the nose will automatically calm the nervous system and help to clear the mind. If you can, take up to 20 continuous breaths in stillness that will be an easy way to calm the monkey mind. Sitting for 20 breaths counts as a meditation and an excellent routine to keep you grounded any time, anywhere.
Uncomfortability is normal as we learn from spending more time with yours truly. It’s a great time to reach out to your circle of friends and family for nurture, mutual love, and support. Most companies are offering hangouts for free up to any number! I recommend the house party app to chat and play games with friends. Just be sure to lock your chat room so other friends can’t randomly join in (this has happened:).
Sleep without your phone
I have been practicing digital distancing when I sleep (all devices at least 6 ft away) and turning my phone to airplane mode or completely turning off my laptop, iPad, and Apple watch off. This is to avoid EMF or low level radiation when I am sleeping. I have been doing this for the last 3 weeks and have been feeling more restful (I don’t use my phone in bed), less anxious (I switch off completely before sleeping), and waking up easier (I have to get out of bed to turn off my alarm) as a result.
If you’re a conscious consumer, you’re in this with us too. If you can afford it, donate money, your services, or even a listening or ear. Every country and everyone needs support, so let’s bust the myth that we must be capitalistic to be successful. Everything’s overwhelming right now—take the time you need to work inwards, and then think outwards, because we all belong in communities and the only way we’ll get out of this crisis is together.
Staying positive doesn’t mean you have to be positive all the time. It means that even on hard days you know that there are better ones coming. I hope these ideas can inspire you to invest in yourself, reset, and rebalance.