With the extra time on my hands and a different mindset, I wanted to share the new habits I’ve implemented while social distancing.
This extra time has allowed me to be conscious about what I am consuming. Let’s be real here, there are days where I don’t move from the couch because I am binge watching TV…(Thanks Outer Banks and Little Fires Everywhere). However, I have taken this time to be smart about this extra time because it has the power to help you grow. While this time may be difficult, we cannot focus on being “stuck at home” with a negative mindset and habits.
Being at home has allowed me to be more flexible with my schedule. It has taught me to slow down and be more present. Here are a few things I’ve begun to make a habit:
DAILY MEDITATION //
I’ve always struggled with setting aside time to just breathe! In fact, I have downloaded many apps for guided meditation and still never sat down to do it. While I don’t have to rush to drive to work, I have more time in my morning to slow down. I have been using the Peloton App to follow along in guided meditation classes. It is such a great way to start your day. Kick those worries away and BREATHE! I highly recommend adding this habit into your day if you suffer from anxiety. It has been beneficial, especially during this time.
GOING NATURAL MORE OFTEN //
Who knew going to the grocery store would be my encouragement to put on some make-up and do my hair? Besides taking content or going out for essentials, I haven’t seen much of done-up hair or make-up. It feels so good to let my skin breathe! If you’ve been wanting to train your hair to go more days without washing, this is the time. My time in front of the mirror has significantly decreased due to my simple skincare and haircare. It feels so freeing – I love it!
SPENDING MORE TIME OUTDOORS //
If quarantine has thought me one thing, it has been to be grateful for where I live. Thankfully, the Florida sunshine has been beaming for most of this self-isolation. I am so fortunate to have a space to sit outdoors and enjoy nature.
READING MORE //
Who would have thought I would finish multiple books in a month? Just last year, I was reading two books a year TOPS. I have stumbled upon Reese’s Book Club and haven’t been disappointed with her book recommendations. The anticipation of waiting to find out what happens next in a good book has drawn me to read a little (or a lot) each day. If you’re looking for a good book, I highly recommend Where The Crawdads Sing. It is slow at first, but I loved the ending.
GETTING CREATIVE MORE FREQUENTLY //
As someone who felt burnt out, this free time has allowed me to explore new ways to get creative. A list of things I have done include making clay earrings and bead bracelets, decorating cookies, working on my blog, tie-dying, and more. I love hopping on social media to see everyone trying something new whether that is finding a new hobby, baking a new recipe, or listening to new music. I thrive while I am being creative and I am glad this extra time showed me how important it is to create. This has been a great way to stop scrolling on social media and shut off the world for a few minutes.
WORKING OUT AT-HOME //
I am SO proud of myself with this one. Especially since I was so used to being lazy after work and never fitting in time to sweat. I had been in a rut before quarantine and I am glad I was pulled out of it. The Peloton App currently has a free trial for 30 days. After that, it is only $13 a month. Is it cheesy to say it has changed my life? I have loved every class I have taken thus far. I am excited to share that a Peloton bike has been a Quarantine purchase…oops! Exercising has helped me feel better, emotionally and physically. Take advantage of these at-home workouts on YouTube, Instagram Live, Digital Apps, etc! You will feel a lot better with just 20 minutes of getting your heart rate up. Stay tuned for a Peloton post 🙂
I loved this quote I found from @mikaeylajoydesigns – “Maybe this is time for us to take a step back from our busy lives and start appreciating the little things that life has to offer. Take time to do the things you haven’t had time to do, start that side hustle, re-brand your biz, clean your space or read that book.”
Thank you for reading! I hope you and your family at staying safe. What new habits you have brought into your routine?
xx, Hannah Claire