The last 75 days I have been home due to the shelter in place order that the governor of Pennsylvania has placed on our state during the coronavirus pandemic. In the beginning, I was working from home but then was placed on furlough. I wasn’t working anymore and had to rely on unemployment money to pay my bills. I was worried about how I would spend my time and if I would go crazy trying to get through the day.
I love being at home and spending time with my cats but, I also love traveling, shopping, and spending time outside. It was quite an adjustment to stop all those activities and have to spend all my time indoors. At first, I was just trying to keep myself busy by doing different activities but that didn’t last too long. So instead I was determined to use all this free time that I had to become a better, more organized person. I had to create a daily routine for myself to keep busy. Sticking to a routine has helped me use my time wisely and not waste the day away playing Animal Crossing.
Monday-Friday I follow this hourly schedule to help me stay on track with my blog and personal goals. To keep the weekdays and weekend separate, I don’t have a schedule for Saturday and Sunday. I keep those days free to do activities that bring me joy.
Here are the 5 healthy and positive habits that I plan to continue with after the stay-at-home restrictions are lifted:
TRACKING MY WATER INTAKE
Before working from home, I would try my best to stay hydrated and drink a lot of water but I always felt that I was never drinking enough. Since being at home, I have been attempting to drink half my body weight in ounces of water. That would be around 60 ounces of water, which is equivalent to 2 quarts of water. I purchased a reusable water bottle that is 24 fluid ounces, so all I have to do is drink 3 full bottles of it each day. It seems like a lot of water at first but very achievable. I drink one full water bottle during my daily workout alone!
Drinking more water each day is said to have a number of health benefits and have a positive change in your life. You’ll have more natural energy, clearer skin, and, feel less bloated. After this lock down period has ending, I will be continuing to track my water intake to ensure that I stay hydrated and healthy!
READING FOR 30 MINUTES
I was never the type of person who enjoyed reading in their free time, I thought that there were better things that I could be filling my time with. There were numerous books simply sitting on my bookcase in my room waiting to be read so I decided that it was time to start reading them. The first book I started reading was Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis and it was the best book I’ve ever read. Her books are very motivating and were just what I needed to inspire me to work hard on my blog.
As you can see on my daily schedule above, 4 pm every weekday is reading time. You can find my sitting in the comfy chair in my room that faces a big window with the sunlight pouring in. I usually read for about 30 minutes and I look forward to that self-care time where I turn my phone on silent and put all my attention into the book. When I eventually go back to work, I hope to continue reading a few chapters each day maybe after dinner.
EXERCISING 3-4 TIMES A WEEK
Before the coronavirus hit and we were all forced to stay at home, I would never workout. I don’t enjoy running or going to a gym filled with people who love lifting weights and being all sweaty. However, I am not as active as I was when I was at work. My full-time job is very hectic and I was constantly running all around to get things done. Now that I am home, I’m not getting as many steps in and being active, so I had to get some form of exercising to stay healthy. I found an amazing home workout app called Daily Burn that I cast right to my television screen and follow along with their workouts right in my living room. I stared with a free trial and amazed myself that I was able to workout 4-5 times a week.
Each weekday when I finish reading, I move all the furniture in my living room to workout for 30 minutes. You can read all about my daily at-home workouts in a blog post that I wrote a few weeks ago. I am so proud of myself for working out each day and achieving one of my new year’s resolutions! I sincerely hope that I can continue to make time each day to work out and keep my body healthy and in shape.
TAKING A DAILY WALK OUTSIDE
When I was working my 9-5 job that was an hour’s drive from my home, I didn’t have a lot of opportunities to get outside and take walks. During my time at home, I made a point to take daily walks to help my mental health and to get some exercise in. When you are stuck inside all day, you look forward to a change of scenery and walking for 20 minutes around your neighborhood or a park. I’ve explored many parts of my town and have enjoyed taking in all the beauty of nature. I like feeling the sun on my face, listening to the bird’s chirp, and seeing all my neighbor’s porch decorations. My boyfriend and I have also taken the time to go hiking around local nature trails.
Even on days when the weather is not the best, I still try to make an effort to sit outside on my porch to take in the fresh air. I’ll even bring my laptop outside to get work done. Even after the lock down is lifted, I want to make a conscious effort to walk more, even if it’s around the parking lot at work.
COOKING MORE MEALS AT HOME
One of the perks of my job is that we have a restaurant in our building that I would order breakfast and lunch from 3-4 times a week. Their food was delicious, cheap and I would try to eat their healthier menu items. However, I relied on them heavily when I wasn’t in the mood to pack lunch for the next day or if I didn’t have time to eat breakfast before work. Since being at home, I have been cooking a lot more and trying new and fun recipes. Finally, I had the time to try out all these tasty recipes that I saved to my food Pinterest board. While I do still order out once a week, I am proud of myself for cooking more and not letting the food in our refrigerator go to waste.
While I won’t have all the time to cook these fancy meals when I go back to work, I honestly hope that I will continue to make an effort to pack a lunch and not spend money on food every day at work.