Many more of you are now headed in the same direction as Italy in terms of isolation and predicted lockdowns. I wanted to share some of the best things that have helped us. We have been in lockdown nearly two weeks here!
To-Do Lists. Every morning create a “to-do list” of all the things you want to achieve that day. This will give your day structure and purpose – as well as a great sense of achievement when you have checked off everything at the end of the day. It is very easy to lose motivation and drive when your days have been thrown up in the air and your usual routine disrupted, a to-do list each day has helped me massively. I’ve called mine “Quarantine To-Do.”
Do Your Own Thing. If you are living with a partner (or even friend/flat mate). My biggest tip for a smooth isolation is to leave each other alone. Seriously, this would be my BIGGEST tip for those living with a partner/friends/flat mates during this time. Do your own thing. Dean and I wake up together and we have coffee/breakfast together then we go about doing our day separately (within our two bedroom apartment, but you know). We come together again for lunch and then from 6pm we are together for the rest of the evening. It works really well and ensures we do not get on top of each other, space is oh so helpful. It also gives us a sense of normality.
Get Creative In The Kitchen. Make the most of the food you have, cook up large hearty meals from the ingredients already in your fridge and cupboards. We have been in lockdown nearly two weeks and have had one supermarket shop. Cook so that you have some yummy left-overs to eat during the week. Get creative!
Workout/Get Moving. Nearly as important is point number 2, is this point. I can’t stress enough how important it is to move as much as you can (even if its walking around your apartment). Keeping moving is not only helpful for your physical health but for your mental health too. Here in Italy we are allowed to walk our dog within a certain distance of our residence, this time outdoors has been a dream. We have also set up some gym equipment on our balcony. If you don’t have a balcony or the ability to go outside, crack open your windows and do a home workout – there are plenty of YouTube videos and Instagram posts to help, you won’t need any equipment. Alternatively put on your favourite playlist and dance around – this works just as well!
What have you been putting off? Write down a list of the things you have been meaning to do but have never been able to “find the time.” NOW is the time! Go through the list you have written and create small goals for yourself to smash each day and that will bring you closer to what you want to achieve!
Clean Up + Clear Out. If you are going to be sat in your space for a long time, it is important that space is clean and organised. A organised environment helps an organised mind. Stick on a good podcast and get down to it. While you’re at it, take this time to also clean out your closet and drawers. Take everything out and Maria Kondo the crap out of your stuff, donate and give away the items you no longer need.
Most importantly, be kind and patient with one another (+ try and shower before 3pm).
We’ve got this!