Whether you’re a student trying to figure out “distance learning” or working from home, it’s complicated to figure out how to stay productive and not lose your mind while staying at home these days. Here are a few steps for you to implement in your daily life to improve your days spent at home while social distancing.
1. Stick to a routine
While it can be tempting to stay up late and wake up in the afternoon every day just because you can, it won’t do any good for you in the long run. Sticking to a routine will help you stay organized and feel normal during these unprecedented times, it will also boost your productivity if you need to do work while at home! A daily routine should include time to yourself and time to connect with your loved ones through text messages, call or video chats. You can use Zoom for your video calls, super convenient and allows you to add fun filters and backgrounds!
Whatever you do, don’t put too much pressure on yourself to stay on schedule, just try and find what works for you!
2. Focus on your skincare routine
Focusing on your skincare routine while staying at home can bring you calm and satisfaction, on top of resetting your skin and letting it breathe. You can use this time to catch up on skincare you usually wouldn’t have time to do. Taking time to take care of your skin is familiar and calming which we all need right now... Enjoy staying at home by saying no to makeup and taking care of yourself: take the time to apply your favourite moisturizing oils, let your skin breathe away from makeup and tans, do face and hair masks and keep your hair away from heating devices. One thing you should keep in mind is to still wash your face daily, even if you’re not going outside!
3. Allow yourself to catch up on sleep
Without your daily commute and fewer time-consuming responsibilities, you might be able to finally get those 8 hours of sleep a night! Take the time to reconnect with yourself at night and wake up fresh in the morning, it should definitely increase productivity and morale. You can also take the time to wash your bedding weekly so that your bed can stay as comfortable and cozy as possible.
4. Connect with your loved ones
Allow yourself some time every day to connect with your loved ones and keep that human bond going even if you’re social distancing or being quarantined. Have video calls, virtual coffee breaks or even Netflix Party with your friends and family, whatever works to keep your mental health on point. Anxiety can easily build up these days and staying in touch is very important for you to stay afloat and, when necessary, productive.
As you can’t go to the gym, take time to find out what works for you while social distancing; many Instagram, Facebook etc. accounts are offering live yoga and home workout sessions so you stay active even if you don’t have access to your usual equipment. You could also go running outside! Whatever you’re into, as long as you take time and release some endorphins, sport is proven to have a positive impact on mental health as it can directly impact your mood, improve concentration but also help reduce stress and anxiety. Exercising can also help spend that excess of energy you might have while staying at home and help with a more regular sleeping pattern!
6. Read a book
You should definitely consider unplugging from reality as an essential part of self-care. Through reading, for example, you can get away by diving into something else for a few hours. Getting this temporary break from reality can also help put things in perspective and increase both productivity and creativity. It can also help you relax before bed: since it’s hard to spend your energy while staying at home, you might need a push to sleep early in the evening and taking a break from screens before bedtime can help you stick to that routine we mentioned.
7. Learn something new
If you have some free time, think about what you have been looking to do for weeks, months or even years and finally take the leap! Maybe you’ve always wanted to learn a new language? Why not download Duolingo and start practising? You could also practice cooking and discover new recipes, which you can easily do online! Many tutorials are available online these days so you can try new things and maybe keep cooking as much later on, who knows?
8. Allow time for distractions
Don’t feel guilty about playing video games for a bit, if it helps you disconnect from these tough times and helps relieve anxiety. As long as you’re productive when you need to be, you should give yourself a break and time to relax. Even the WHO says video games are a good way to cope these days so why not?