At this point, we can say it has been months since the Coronavirus has changed our lives.
And none of us really ever imagined we’d spend so much time in isolation.
In the beginning, it was cool to work from home. But it quickly got old, especially when we had nowhere to go. No way to change our background or scenery.
Thankfully, things have changed slightly, but we still have to isolate to stay safe.
So in this post, we’re going to cover a few ways to spice up your daily quarantine routine to keep one day feeling different from the next.
Create Theme Days
If you stick to Pizza Mondays and Taco Tuesdays, you’re already ahead of the game. When you create themes around things you all like, it can give everyone something to look forward to.
Maybe it’s a day you take a longer drive and walk the dog at a more scenic spot. Figure out at least one thing you can do to spice things up each week and make a habit out of it.
Many people are finding that when we’re left to our own devices, it’s not procrastination or laziness that are our biggest challenges. The biggest challenge many of us are facing is gluttony. Because many of us feel depressed or anxious, we turn to comfort foods (and a lot of them) and/or alcohol. And both of these things can have consequences, especially when they become a habit that lasts for months.
Many experts are showing increasing concern with social distancing and addiction because many people are struggling with over-consumption. If you treat things like alcohol and high-calorie foods as treats instead of part of your routine, you can limit your risk of alcoholism and obesity.
If you spend most of your time in the living room, as most of us do, you may benefit from a change in scenery. Spend more time outdoors or simply change rooms. Even if you keep the same routine and change locations, it will feel slightly different. It’s not going to be life-altering, but even changing the chair you sit in can shift your perspective. Before you scoff, just try it.
Start a New Morning Routine
When you can do something productive in the morning, you have a better chance of sticking to your routine each day. And if the “same old” is getting monotonous, try heading to the park first thing in the morning.
In the summer months, the morning hours are the best time to be outside anyway, so why not shake things up and go for a bike ride or a family hike first thing in the morning? And if you’re not up for this every morning, maybe it can become one of your “theme days” where you pack everyone up and head to the park every Thursday morning. Fresh air really does have healing powers.
Join a 30-Day Challenge
If you want to spice things up, consider joining a challenge that involves other people. You can fly solo, but having other people in the challenge is going to help with accountability.
And when you think 30-day challenge, you probably think about squats or burpees, but it doesn’t even have to be fitness related. You can join a challenge that helps you bust a bad habit or make healthier meals.
Try a Juice Fast
If you’ve ever wanted to try a juice fast, there’s never been a better time. You can take it easy on yourself while your body adjusts and detoxifies during your fast. Just be sure to talk to your doctor before you start any fast.
A fast can give your body a break, so it can ramp up its natural detoxification efforts, but fasting isn’t for everyone. In fact, it can be very dangerous for people with certain health conditions.
If you’re feeling the weight of this quarantine, know that you definitely aren’t alone. It’s affecting everyone in different ways, but if we all do our part, we may be able to get through this before too much longer.
And while you’re spicing up your routine, you may want to fantasize about your next big vacation. Because a few weeks at the beach sounds like a dream right about now.