I’ve posted about this a few times before. But as isolation moves into the second month, I think it’s important to bring up again. I got lazy for a while there and ignored my exercise schedule. Last week, I decided to get back into and have created a fitness schedule for myself. I’m finding this is the only thing keeping me going during isolation. Here’s what I recommend to help keep some sense of normal while you are stuck at home.
Stick to a regular sleep schedule
This is so important. I set my alarm for 7:45 am every morning. I may not always get up that early. But I try to aim to be out of bed by 9:00 am. This morning I slipped up and slept in. I was tired. Aim to get out of bed around the same time in the morning and go to bed around the same time every night. My schedule now ranges from 7:45 am in the morning to 1:00 am when I start getting ready for bed.
Shower daily and keep up with hygiene
I also slipped a little last week with hygiene. When you live alone and you don’t go outside, you can get stuck in a rut and slack on personal hygiene. This morning, I forced myself to get in the shower and it felt amazing. Even if I don’t go outside, that routine of hopping in the shower helps to make me feel somewhat normal.
Set reminders on your phone
For meal times, I am sticking to a fairly strict eating schedule. With my fasting schedule, I eat between 10:00 am and 8:00 pm at night. A slightly longer version of intermittent fasting.
During the day, I set reminders for myself to stop whatever I’m doing and eat. I have breakfast at 10:00 in the morning. Lunch around 1:00 pm. And dinner no later than 7:00 pm.
I’m getting better with exercise. Yesterday, even though I didn’t go for a walk, I hopped on the cycle for 40 minutes and used dumbbells for 20 minutes. My plan is to go for walks every second day. And get at least ten minutes of sunshine daily – even if it means just sitting on my balcony.
I have the window open to let in the fresh spring air and the sun feels good. Of course, it also reminds me that I need to wash my floors again.
Eat Healthy Foods
I’m trying to be good about healthy eating again. But I stocked up on snacks and junk food so I slipped this month.
Breakfast is usually a bowl of special K cereal and a cup of coffee, or a bowl of oatmeal, or piece of fruit.
Lunch is usually left overs from the night before or a plate of kale and chicken.
Dinner is where I get inventive and have been getting back into cooking. I will share those recipes soon.
I hope you find these tips helpful. It’s the only thing keeping me going during this difficult time. I’m filling my days in with reading, music projects and learning new art techniques. It makes the day go by fast.
I call my dad daily and wish I could be with him. I’m reaching out to my senior friends who are at home alone. It’s a tough time for us all.
How are you managing through all of this?
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