Read on for tips on how to make your time spent stuck at home more enjoyable & productive.
Trust me, prior to the current situation I would almost never wear a bra at home (I’m not a crazy person, lol). But I have found that putting a bra on has actually made a big difference in my productivity during these days spent quarantined at home.
It’s the first step to getting dressed and forces you to change out of your pajamas, at the very least. While it’s an excellent goal to get dressed in a legitimate outfit every day, let’s be real – that ain’t happening for most of us. I’m not even saying to put a REAL bra on – a sports bra or bralette gets the job done, and is what I’ve been opting for since they’re more comfortable, IMO.
Plus, I can’t workout without having a bra on, so it gets me one step closer to exercising, as well. (And I need all the motivation I can get!)
I’m not going to sit here and tell you to get fully dressed in jeans or something, but I DO suggest at least breaking out your “good” sweats.
I think many of us have two types of sweats in our closets: stuff from the early 2000’s, and the cute stuff you wear when you’re meeting a friend for coffee.
Your outfit can really affect the tone you set for your day: when I was wearing my sloppy older clothing, I felt more like a bum, with less motivation to actually do things.
I’ve now been making an effort to wear some of my cuter, more put-together loungewear pieces, which has greatly improved my mood and my productivity at home.
The best part is, loungewear and athleisure have become trends themselves over the past couple of years, so you can look cute but feel super comfy at the same time.
Here are some of my favorite loungewear picks right now:
Setting goals is the #1 thing that has kept me sane during this time of self-isolation, and has given my time quarantined at home a sense of purpose.
Without concrete goals, I felt like I was aimlessly wasting time and becoming antsy or bored.
I have now set both daily goals and monthly goals, and created a little goal-tracker to monitor my progress for the month.
The word “goals” can feel broad or overwhelming, but your goals can be small, quick tasks, such as cleaning out a drawer or doing laundry. In fact, it’s better to break things down and create more specific, attainable goals rather than set vague, unrealistic ones you’re more likely to put off.
Ideas for month-long goals: finish X amount of books, clean out and re-organize your closet, take an online class.
Ideas for daily goals: exercise, make a call you’ve been avoiding, read X amount of pages of a book, vacuum.
In the past, if I wasn’t going anywhere for the day, I would often skip washing my face in the morning, along with the serums and lotion that follow.
Doing this every so often is fine, but I as soon as I started neglecting my skincare routine a few days in a row, my skin started looking dull and breaking out. It’s a slippery slope.
While it can seem pointless to wash your face every morning and night because you aren’t going anywhere beyond your living room, try to stick to your skincare routine regardless! Your skin will be grateful, and you will too when this is all over and it’s time to re-emerge back into the world with a fresh face.
When most days look like this: Bed ➝ Chair ➝ Couch ➝ Bed 🔁
You’ve got to get your body moving!
This doesn’t mean you need to force yourself to do a HIIT workout every day if you don’t feel like it (I rarely ever feel like it, ha). But our bodies are not meant to be sedentary, so aim to at least do some stretching or take a walk (around your backyard or somewhere isolated).
Since I’ve been staying at home, my muscles and joints have felt stiffer than usual due to the lack of movement (compared to what I would experience during a normal day outside of quarantine). So I’ve been making sure to do some type of movement each day in order to break the cycle of constantly sitting or laying down – even stretching for just 5-10 minutes a day has made a big difference!
Check out my last blog post for some of my favorite fitness accounts on YouTube which post free workout and stretching videos. There are also plenty of Instagram accounts that have been posting free Live-streaming workouts, like @revolve and @the_workout_la.
As tempting as it may be to lay in bed and binge Netflix all day, try not to give in to that!
Unless you are actually able to work and watch TV at the same time, I recommend not turning your TV on until the evening, or limiting the number of shows you watch (for example, one show during lunchtime and one before bed).
This forces you to fill your time with tasks that are more beneficial to your work and/or well-being, and tackle any of the goals you’ve set for yourself.
While this time can feel like a free-for-all in terms of staying up as late as you want, eating whenever, and basically doing whatever TF you want (as long as it’s within your home), it’s helpful to set a some kind of schedule, even if it’s a loose one.
Aim to be in bed, lights out, phone on DND, by a certain time every night (or at least weeknights). Not only does this help you stick to some sort of routine, but it’s also important to be getting enough sleep for your immune system to be functioning at its best. Lack of sleep can weaken your immune system and make you more susceptible to getting sick, which is something we all want to avoid right now!
It’s also ideal to wake up each day at the same time, and aim to eat your daily meals around the same time, as well.
At the end of the day, this is a crazy, scary, unprecedented time that we are all doing our best to navigate. Not every day is going to be perfectly productive, and that’s okay, too.
Give yourself the time and space to feel whatever you’re feeling, and do the things you need to do to make yourself feel good again. Taking care of yourself and your well-being should always be a top priority.