During the last few weeks, surviving isolation felt like an insurmountable task. Whether you were laid off, furloughed, switched to teleworking, or simply given restricted hours, the following applies. These routines also help normalize your life, and prepare you to return back to life when isolation finally ends.
Surviving Isolation With Routines
Normalization requires you to become best friends with routines. The following routines have helped me survive college, boot camp, deployments, parenthood, post-surgery recovery, and isolation.
First, create a set time for you to wake up every morning. Set your alarm, and get out of bed at the same time every morning. This sets the tone for your day. Then, get dressed and groomed for work. Whether or not you have a regular job, this process prepares your mind for a productive day.
Admittedly, this portion of my day comes right as I wake up, to help give me a bit of an extra boost. I do a bodybuilding routine with a run three days a week; and a core/cardio routine in between. The instant burst of endorphins makes facing the rest of the day feel a little less daunting.
Next in my day, I eat a healthy breakfast of scrambled eggs, or pancakes, or waffles, or biscuits and gravy, or french toast, or whatever. Healthy means it gives me the calories I need for a productive day, without overeating. Some days that means carefully measuring everything out to exact servings sizes. However, most days it means eating just enough. Whatever you do, just eat a good breakfast.
This helps you prevent snacking and overeating throughout the day.
Create a Daily Task List
Some people create lists of things they need or want to accomplish throughout the day. It really doesn’t matter if that list includes chores, a hobby, school, or even work. Being able to cross things off, allows you to feel a sense of accomplishment and purpose throughout the day.
In my personal life, this means I set aside time for teleworking, and I’ve created sets of chores for myself throughout the day. Obviously, this works for me, because I have a predictable schedule. However, you should always focus on what works for you in your specific situation.
Tips While Surviving Isolation
Most importantly, avoid checking your social media and news feeds first thing in the morning. The negativity and obsessive scrolling drains your desire and productivity faster than anything.
Additionally, get some fresh air any way you can. If you live in a crowded city, go open your window and get some fresh air that way. On the other hand, if you live around big open spaces, take a short walk. In my situation, I go sit on my front porch and enjoy the fresh air that way. The important thing is to get fresh air any way you can.