Routine is my biggest enemy right now. I can’t seem to find a good routine because I’ve been spending all my days in the house. I found five things that I want to share with you today. 5 simple things everybody should do every day. It doesn’t take much time out of your day but it probably gets you in a better rhythm.
1. Make your bed
This sounds so simple – maybe too simple – but it is something so important. In the beginning when I was in lock down I didn’t even bother to make my bed. Because who am I doing it for? But when I was listening to a podcast, they talked about Naval Admiral William McRaven, the commander of U.S Special Operations who gave a graduation speech in 2014 in Austin, Texas.
Admiral William McRaven gave a speech where he said that in the army they checked if everyone made their bed every morning. It’s a simple task but it is the first task you’ll do during your day. It will give you a good feeling and it will result in completing more tasks during the day. And if it doesn’t, then you’ll at least fall in a well made bed.
2. Get dressed
Have you already lost count of the days that you’ve been walking around in yoga pants? Maybe it’s a good idea to get dressed at the beginning of the day. My friend says that I’m crazy but I always put on jeans. They are just very comfy and it gives me the feeling like I am starting my day. Also, no feeling is better than to take off your bra at the end of the day. This way, changing your clothes at the beginning and the end of the day, it’ll be more of a structure and it might help you to relax better.
3. Use your brain
‘Wait, I always use my brain’ is something you might think. And yes, it’s true that we always use our brain, but we have to keep our brains trained. When we keep doing the exact same thing every day we might start feeling bored and our brain gets lazy. Most kids are doing schoolwork from home and maybe during those times you can try to get some education too. There are 450 free online courses with a wide variety that you can take on your own speed. In that way you’ll keep busy, the time will go faster and you’ll even get smarter!
4. Count down the days
We are all doing this in our head. But it is a good idea to make a little calendar and cross down the days that you’ve been in quarantine. We think it will go on until end of May / 1st of June so make sure the calendar is long enough. It helps you visualize how long we’ve already survived and how close we will be to the end. I have been doing it since our lock down on the 12th of March and it’s been giving me a lot of peace in my mind.
5. Write about your day in a journal
At the end of your day grab a notebook and write about your day. It can be something short in a few words, or maybe a longer story. Write down five things that were positive and went well. This way you can write away your feelings and it is also fun to look back at it in a few years.