Being stuck at home for the foreseeable future was certainly not part of my plans in 2020, in fact it is the complete opposite of what I had planned this year. Like all of us I’m sure, I’m not over the moon about
being stuck in my house but I have always believed that attitude is absolutely everything in life so we need to turn that frown upside down and starting being positive and productive.
Now that coronavirus has sent most of the employed home and schools have shut down, holidays have been cancelled it is more important than ever to dig deep into that true British spirit and go back to basics at home and be grateful for the things that we so often take for granted. We need to develop some simple routines in our daily life which will help us stay healthy and focussed during this challenging period. I have come up with some simple ideas to help you make the most of your days and hopefully you will find you are in a better place after trying some of them. Here are a few things that I have managed to start doing to keep me busy and focussed during these uncertain times.
Keep (Or Start) Learning:
Inevitably you are more likely to be spending more time in front of a screen than ever before right now. We live in a world that is completely driven by technology and one of the great benefits is there are lots of opportunities to access online learning in the form of short courses that may last an hour or two to full three year degree programmes. I have studied for one of my degrees using the distance learning approach previously and it is a very effective way to learn in your time on your terms and not only allows you to grow and develop professionally it also can add a lot of weight to your CV for a prospective future employer.
Clean The Car:
These days, a lot of us have become quite lazy or are often too busy and with pop up hand car wash centres everywhere that don’t always do the best job, we normally turn up and let someone give our motor a quick rinse whilst we sit their scrolling through social media. Well, why not give your own motor a good deep clean and valet and take a bit of pride in your chariot. Its amazing what you find when you get behind them seats, a £2 coin was my find of the day last week. Cleaning your car also gives you a productive reason to be outside for a bit of fresh air too which is always good for the soul.
Working out is a great way to keep your body and mind active whilst at home, you can do it in the garden, in the living room or anywhere you find some space. Not only are there an array of physical health benefits that come from moving around more, but, especially during this pandemic, exercise can take your mind off the distressing news and give you something else to focus on. There are lots of fitness apps available online and at present, the body coach (Jo Wicks) is also running free sessions via his YouTube channel daily which are great for you and the children.
Its been a tough start to the year with so much uncertainty but its often said that ‘its not where you start, its where you finish’ – why not think about addressing all your new year’s goals which may have had to stop, change or be abandoned due to the current climate and start adjusting them or changing them for goals than you can complete whilst at home. I find that setting goals gives me the focus and purpose I need in my life and if your goals have been casualties of the current pandemic then it is even more important to re-calibrate and get back the drawing board to formulate plan b.
Just this week, me and my daughter went old school with a classic game of monopoly followed by snakes and ladders and it was just as much fun as a I remembered as a kid. We actually even went one step further and designed and made our own snakes and ladders board which was adventure themed. If board games aren’t for you then how about a solo puzzle or jigsaw, again these can be very therapeutic and rewarding too which is always great for your mental health and well-being.
Connect With People:
Sometime in this digital era we are all now immersed in, I often feel we have lost that human connection due to our consumption of technology almost 24/7 that is drilled into most of our lives. Why not use this lock down or isolation period to re-engage with family and loved ones. If you can’t do it face to face then pick up the phone and have a good chat with your grandparents or parents, chat to the neighbour over the garden fence or spend a couple of minutes with the post man asking how they are. I promise you he or she will be super happy that you asked!