Lots of cities are in or heading towards a lock down. It is hard for everyone. What if this time is not just another lock down? What if this is an opportunity to level up your well-being and better manage your work/life balance? Follow this 4 week series of posts to take advantage of this time and come out of the quarantine a better, happier you.
The first week is dedicated to self care: what better way to fight a mighty virus than being prepared, in our best shape. Physically, Emotionally, Mentally, Spiritually
You binge-watch that latest series on Netflix until 2 am, then move to bed to spend another hour on the latest post on Facebook from that one random person you met in the summer of 2017 in a pub in Majorca until 3am. Then wake up 8am to start your day.
As an adult you need an absolute minimum of 7 hour sleep. Your body would be so much happier if you reached 9 though.
When you sleep, the body goes is recharging and gets you ready for the next day. Your brain takes this opportunity to tidy up your brain warehouse: from speech skills to numbers and facts. Memories are being built.
‘I will sleep during the day’, you say. Your body though is programmed through thousands of years of evolution, to stay safe at night in the cave and go hunt early in the morning, when the other animals are awake.
Binge watching goes hand-in-hand with binge eating. Save yourself from counting down the opening of the gym just to get rid of the extra calories of the lockdown:
Walk. Dance. Yoga. Powerlifting. Extreme-Cardio. Whatever rocks your boat, schedule it. Do not leave it as a last minute decision, chances are your couch is more convincing than you might think.
Exercise releases endorphins. Endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that
Regular exercise has been proven to:
True meaningful relationships with good character that stick around and are always by your side are just like a puppy. They need to be constantly shown love, they need our time and attention.
With the excuse of communication you will be tempted surgically attach your phone to your hand. Probably there is also a tablet running around the house and the TV plays the role of the extra family member.
Unplug. Set your phone to Silent mode the whole day. Try not to have it near you after work. Leave it outside your bedroom. Turn the TV on only to watch something that you really mean to. Don’t listen to New more than twice a day.
Fence. You are not a mountain, you have to stop people from climbing on you. Be compassionate, supportive but know your boundaries and save yourself. You need the whole of you to deal with a pandemic.
Learn. The director in your brain needs equally to rest and to have fun. Pick up a new fun book, look up a new skill, maybe you can learn about gardening or how to make your own fresh yogurt. Save money and make your own cosmetics. You will get out of the quarantine looking younger and feeling richer, win-win. Just don’t make your own vodka.
Even if you live on your own, with all the work, the connection requests and the Netflix binge-watching, it actually might prove quite challenging to find some quiet space.
Do you believe in God? Any God will do. Maybe you believe that we are all cosmic energy. Maybe we are just another animal species on this planet. Whatever you believe, make an effort to reconnect with that. Find a time to pray to your God, suck in some energy. Lay on your back in the middle of the park and let the sun bathe you, pay attention to the little sounds, smell, touch.
Meditation needs as little as 10 min of your time, can be done anywhere and it can have a positive effect in all the following:
Not your cup of tea? Headphones off, phone off, TV off, everything off, stay quiet with the one person that is always with you and knows your more than anyone else: you.