In this challenging time, staying at home has been difficult for some people. For me as an introvert it is easier. I maximise this time to focus on things that matters and use it for developing my skills, learning and organising my next steps. However, some habits that I have already had before such as staying fit have been challenging this time.
I used to go to gym regularly before this pandemic Covid-19 began. I actually started going to gym very often this year. At the end of the year I got a little bit lazy so I wanted to challenge myself this year. Since gyms closed I felt like I don’t want to exercise home because it might not be that effective. I was wrong though. Luckily, I am surrounded by people who motivate me to keep going (of course online).
I also explored new style of exercise that works and it can be easy. I might share some cool tips later. Apart from that, keeping my mind happy and focused on what matter is one of the most significant thing that can create powerful results in any part of life.
There are my tips on what habits can you create whilst staying home and how to use it once this pandemic is gone.
Going for a walk to the nature
It might sounds obvious but it helps if you really don’t feel like exercising at all and you might have eaten that chocolate or that cake and need to move a bit. Walking is also great to refresh your mind from overthinking, get new inspiration, relax your brain and get a fresh air. I would recommend walking without checking out your phone all the time and really absorb everything that you see around and not thinking about anything.
I realised that by really being switch off and just walk and observe things around, it helps a lot to refresh from any overanalysing and overthinking. If I implement it into my every day life, it reduces a tension of being overwhelmed.
Daily 15min stretch
You don’t have to exercise like crazy if you don’t feel like it, just do simple stretches that will make you feel better and help your body posture. I personally started to do stretching every morning. Stretch your back, do some twists, leg stretching and arms. You can even do a face yoga!
Daily stretch is really powerful. I noticed that it prevents any body pain, it makes me feel happier and healthier.
30 to 60min workout at home
I have never been into home exercise much apart from my teenage age that I remember. Since I started going to gym, I used to do my workout mostly there. Doing workout at home is great because you can keep it regularly even if you are very busy. It will take you only 30 to 60min without any walking to the gym or getting ready etc. You can start anytime in a day.
Tip – Do a complete exercise for one main part of your body – legs, upper body, abs. Turn on some good music and just start. You will enjoy it once you start. The hardest part is to start!
Structuring a healthy diet
Just because we are all at home now it doesn’t mean to eat unhealhily and watching Netflix. Thinking of a healthy food can be overwhelming at times though. I have made researches about eating, nutrition and tested various eating style in my life. Now I know what works for me. However, I always need to update my knowledge of healthy food and what flavour to combine in order to make my food delicious.
Tip – Plan your meals, cook and experiment with flavours, find some recipes and try to do things differently. You might even explore a passion for cooking. It is fun and it can be easy as well. There are plenty of healthy meal that we can eat. And they are also delicious. Check some of my recipes here.
Organising my mind and values
Mental health is same important as your body health. I have been analysing my values many times but I still need to revise what am I doing and why time by time. It is so important to remind myself what are my values and follow them. It is something that keeps me motivated when I feel doing lack of action. It really pumps me up once I remind myself what is my purpose and what makes me excited so that I just doing it because I truly enjoy it.
Once the life will be back to normal, you will be surprised how will you be able handle stress easier and how to work more effectively if you revise your values.
It can sounds hard for some people to stay still and meditate on regular basis. To start meditating is t he most challenging. I still sometimes struggle to stay still and let everything go and meditate. However, the more I do it, the more I can see the benefits. It massively helps me to organise my thoughts, get rid of anxiety and stress and be more effective in anything I do. I personally enjoy guided meditation and listening a calming voice during that time.
Having a beauty time
Taking care of our beauty is important. It is not a procrastination of not doing our daily tasks. I explored some home made masks that are very effective, however it takes time to see the benefits for a long term. I am going to share some home natural remedies in my later posts. In meanwhile let’s check some tips about how can you use a coconut oil to be more beautiful.
Shake it off
This trick is very easy and very powerful. When I work from home and have many other things that I do during the day I need to separate the time between. It can be very hard to switch from one activity to another at time. What works for me is to just jump and start dancing or doing any kind of movement until I feel that my mind can go to another task or activity. But if you need to stay focused until the things are done, I wouldn’t recommend it as it can distract you that you will not finish that you were planning to get done. Use it wisely.:)