Updated: Apr 24
At the start of this quarantine, we were all having fun. Trying to make the best of a strange, sad and unfamiliar situation. Fun, family Tik Tok videos became a dime a dozen, YouTube content doubled, and many of us (myself included) found solace in the kitchen, baking up a storm and posting sweet treats on Instagram stories. It was all so FUN.
The once fun, child-like sleepovers we were having with the people we are quarantined with, have slowly turned in to our own versions of torture. My constant baking and consuming sugary goods last month, has caused an eruption of breakouts on my face this month. The slow-moving, easy going day to day lifestyle, has now started to feel like living the same day over...and over...and over again.
This has caused me to fall in to a bit of a rut. Waking up late, staying in my pj's all day, eating two sandwiches in one day instead of getting my daily dose of greens. So this week, I want to share with you the ways I'll be integrating healthier habits into this time. Mostly because if I don't write them down, I won't be able to hold myself accountable.
HEALTHY QUARANTINE HABITS
1) Wake Up Earlier
Instead of waking up at 11:00am (sometimes noon, let's be honest), I'm doing my best to get into bed at a decent hour, and wake up closer to 9:30. I am NOT a morning person and I absolutely love
my sleep, but in order to get things done during the day we have to wake up at a time that allows for productivity. Try your best to wake up earlier, and do one productive thing first thing in the morning to set the tone for your day. It could be making your bed, a thorough skin care routine, or throwing a load of laundry in the wash. Whatever you choose, do something that will jump start a productive day.
2) Immune Boosting Morning Smoothie
One thing I HAVE been consistent at doing is making my favorite immune boosting and anti-inflammatory smoothie every morning. You can throw in greens, apples, coconut water, whatever healthy favorites you have along with the tastiest seasonings you have.
Here's my go-to immune boosting smoothie recipe:
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground turmeric
2 tsp ground cinnamon
3) Get Active!
This is the one I struggle with the most. You all know that working out is not my favorite thing to do. But one thing I've been reminded of is that we HAVE to get the blood circulating in the body in order to truly be healthy.
Find some way to get active during this time for at least 30 minutes a day. Go for a walk, do some jumping jacks, or even just stretching can help boost your mood and your energy! I'm always super motivated to work out when I have a cute outfit to wear and a cute water bottle to bring along my hikes.
4) QUIET TIME
I don't know about you, but I have been distracting myself daily with noise, noise, and more noise. Whether it's Instagram, dancing around in my room with my headphones in or watching a new show on Netflix, now more than ever, I'm attempting to silence my boredom with noise. Let's make a pact, that together, we will work on mindful stillness. Sitting in the sun quietly, or laying on a yoga mat completely still for 10 minutes. Focusing completely on our breath, and attempting to just be quiet. Today, I laid in my hammock and listened to the wind chimes make twinkling noises in the breeze.
Comment down below how you want to incorporate mindful stillness and quiet into your shelter in place routine.
5) Phones OFF Before Bed
Okay y'all, I'd be lying if I said this is one that I practice right now but I REALLY want to start trying.
Every night, as I curl up in bed, I scroll on Pinterest planning an unforeseen wedding for up to an HOUR. (Does anyone else do this? Why is #Pinterest SO addicting?!) It's bad, I know. So much research has shown that you get a better night's sleep when you haven't been looking at a bright screen right before attempting drifting off into your subconscious mind's playground. Put the phone away at least an hour before bed and try something else to wind you down. Read a book, journal, color in that adult coloring book that's been gathering dust on your book shelf (ahem...note to self). Do your best to stay away from the bright screens, so that you can enjoy a blissful night's rest.
Well my loves, that's it for this post! Let me know in the comments what healthy habits you've been forming during shelter in place. I want to know!!