Updated: Mar 22, 2020
It's been about a week or so for us Canadians, longer for others. This new adjustment has me quoting the Grinch "Even if I wanted to attend, my schedule wouldn't allow it! 4 o'clock; wallow in self pity, 4:30 stare into the abyss, 5 o'clock solve world hunger - tell No One, 5:30 Jazzercise, 6 o'clock dinner with me, I can't cancel that again! 7 o'clock wrestle with self loathing or I could move that to 9 o'clock and still have time to lay in bed, stare at the ceiling and slip slowly into madness"
Let's not go there! Here are 10 tips to keep your mind focused and days productive.
1. In any wellness program I begin with having my clients de-clutter. As we all go through any kind of transformation we need to clear out the old to make way for the new. Kind of what the Earth is doing right now. De-clutter your kitchen, pantry, bedroom, spare room, garage, photo graphs, albums, computer folders and emails.
2. Drink water - I noticed how easy it is to forget my water intake while "being productive" at home. Make sure that you are still drinking enough water even if you are moving less. We should be consuming half of our body weight in ounces to keep toxins flushing out of our system. Whether we sit or move; toxins still build up in our bodies.
3. MOVE - This is a huge one. I see so many people offering FREE dance programs, training programs, and live stream fitness sessions. This is awesome people. No excuses. Get off the couch! Download my FREE 4 week at home program HERE
4. Meditate - Find your mind full? Practice mindful meditation. We have been given a free pass to a pause button. Actually being forced to sit in stillness. Aim for 10 minutes each day. Turn it all OFF - the phone, the TV, the kids, the noise. Shut it down for 10 minutes. Become a better human by sitting in stillness and embrace the serenity.
5. Research something new - Maybe it's learning to knit, or trying out new recipes. Perhaps you want to learn sign language or gardening. My thirteen year old daughter told me that while she was painting, she watched a whole hour documentary on the Greek Gods!
6. Create a new routine. Now is the time for new rituals, new traditions and new routines to be created. Find one that fits your family and fits your life as we adjust to this new way of living...for now.
7. Find the Sun - it is still so important to seek out the Sun. Get some fresh air. Nature is not canceled. We still need to practice our social distancing - no play dates. But for the love of sanity; walk your dogs, walk your kids, or go solo and get some of that vitamin D on your face!
8. Read - oh my gosh, how many times have people told me that they do not have time to simply read a book! Here we have it folks, the gift of time. Audio books count too! Dive in!
9. Communicate - Self Isolation does not mean we need to be alone. Thank goodness for technology! We can still face time, zoom, Skype, call and text. Stay with your tribe. My kids are all face timing their friends and they will set up a group call and watch a movie together. How great is that, a virtual play date! Times are wild and we are creative.
10. Nap - I cannot stress this enough. If your body says rest, allow this to happen. I am a huge promoter of a Ninja Nap! Some days I need a quick ninja nap that can last between twenty or forty minutes. If you head to your bed for a ninja nap and you're out for three hours, then you are sleep deprived. Fill your bucket, fill your cup. Get that sleep; you have time now. Allow your body to heal.