I know that for many people it can be hard to stay home. I know from experience. I used to be one of them.
When I was pregnant with my first child I was determined to stay physical and socially active. Little did I know! I spent the first trimester in my house with strict orders from my doctor to move as little as possible. It was hard! I felt isolated, scared and sad.
Since then I became a stay-at-home-mom turned a work-from-home-mom. Although I now enjoy my time at home and the ability to work from home while caring for my children, it took some trial and error to find a good balance.
If you, too, feel uncomfortable transitioning to a more domestic lifestyle, even for a brief amount of time, I hope these tips will help you feel more normal.
- Get dressed. I understand that this might sound a little weird at first. But getting dressed makes a world of a difference. It can set the tone in your day. Trust me you will be far more productive and in better spirits if you don’t stay in your pajamas all day long.
- Make your bed. Yes, I do sound like your mother. But making your bed every day, preferably at the begging of the day makes a big difference. Try it and let me know!
- Make a schedule. And follow through! I am definitely guilty of making plans on how to spend my day and then just forgo them entirely and just wing it. But when I do check on my schedule and work to cross this off I am by far more likely to make it to the end of my list. Sometimes I even have some time to spare!
- Set up a working space. Nothing can’t take you faster to failure than not having a dedicated working space. It doesn’t have to be large, complicated, decorated or anything fancy. Just a space that is reserved ONLY for working. And is used for that purpose during WORKING HOURS.
- Read the news at fixed times. Although it is important to stay informed what you don’t want to do is go down the rabbit hole of news and social media. Select one or two times to quickly check on the news and then go about your day as you normally would.
- Eat well. If you read this far then you knew that was coming. What you eat greatly affects the way you feel. So stay on top of your eating habits and feed your body with nourishing foods. It doesn’t have to be fancy or cost you an arm and a leg. Most stores are fully stoked on pantry and freezer staples. Make sure you menu plan and make a list before you go. Check what ingredients you already have in your house and only buy what you need. There is no reason to spend more than you budgeted for. If you need inspiration about what to cook I created a new pinterest board where you can find family friendly recipes that use pantry and freezer staples.
- Connect with others. Now that you have set up your space, scheduled your time and stocked your kitchen it is time to connect with the people in your life. Just because we all have to stay at home doesn’t mean that we should forgo all communications. Make sure you check in with your loved ones. Call your friends and use video chat. There are so many ways to connect today. Choose your favorite ones and talk to people.
Above all, remember that we are all in this together. Stay strong and stay safe.
Please reach out if I can help you.