If a person has never considered options in how to spend their time, the current state of affairs forcing change in our usual routine may seem overwhelming.
Granted, we would never call this pandemic situation a good thing. BUT…as it’s out of our control (we didn’t choose it), we might as well make the best of it and make choices that ARE in our control. Here goes:
- If you have picked up time from no longer having a commute, don’t let that time get sucked up without intention. It may have been a 10 minute walk to public transportation or an hour (or whatever) in the car. That time, morning and night, is now for exercise, cooking, thinking, reading – you name it. Make a list of things you have said you want to do. Take the exact same time you used to commute and do that new thing. Twice a day. Once the situation changes again, things could change again, but for now, do this.
- If you used to eat out all the time and find yourself touring the kitchen, take a few hours to organize it so it’s a fun place to be. Make a coffee station. Put your dinner plates and silverware in the easiest spot to set the table. Go through your pantry and fridge to see what you have, find recipes, and cook it like a boss.
- Rethink how you think about – and choose – food. Fresh, canned, frozen, dried. Five food groups. Of course we want items that don’t have extra sugar or salt where it’s really not needed. Eating to support your health goals can be brought back to the top of the list of priorities. Stocking up isn’t about the pandemic. It’s about balanced, yummy meals that are super easy, nutritious, and delicious. #winwinwin
- Wash your hands. It’s so easy and effective, it’s almost ridiculous that you wouldn’t.
Deep breath. New day. One day at a time. Caring for yourself doesn’t need to be hard. We just need to take little steps each day to get better at it.
“Handwashing with soap and water has been considered a measure of personal hygiene for centuries and has been generally embedded in religious and cultural habits (see Part I, Section 17). Nevertheless, the link between handwashing and the spread of disease was established only two centuries ago, although this can be considered as relatively early with respect to the discoveries of Pasteur and Lister that occurred decades later.” from WHO Guidelines on Hand Hygiene in Health Care: First Global Patient Safety Challenge Clean Care is Safer Care.