As the entire country enters the total lockdown for 21 days in an attempt to slow or prevent the spread of the coronavirus, how you are going to spend your days inside your homes, is becoming a big question? We can build our wellness routine in 2020, or we can learn a new habit, or we can keep cringing about the lockdown, and make it more difficult, then it already is.
For most working professionals staying inside their home is not a big deal as most of their time gets utilized in the same way it used to be in offices, thanks to work from home. For many, business owners and employees for whom the job description required them to be on the field or work with groups, it’s really taking a toll now. It could be a good time for many to overcome the ill-effects of sedentary lifestyle.
For many, working from home can be lonely and discomforting, and can lead to various anxiety and depression problems. But 21 days is a good time to start building a new habit or a new skill. It’s exactly the time, science says your mind needs to register its place in your daily schedule. Why don’t you go for that book you always wanted to read, or a movie you always to watch, or a yoga session you wanted to do? Just divulge deep within your heart, and you’ll find many things you always wanted to do but didn’t have time, so here it is for you 21 days of no office work or no disturbance.
Moreover, there are children, senior citizens, and other individuals for whom this lockdown is like a nightmare. Both working professionals and other individuals are facing the problem due to the lockdown. But it is for the safety of the entire nation and we must abide by the instructions given by our honourable Prime Minister and be a part of this nationwide lockdown.
However, there are things that can be done to make these 21 days of the lockdown the best days of your lives. It is scientifically proven that if we want to build a new habit, we just need to do it for 21 days, at the same time, at the same place, and it starts to integrate into our daily habits. So, here are the things you can do in these 21 days of the lockdown to bring a positive change in your lifestyle:
Focus on building a good morning routine
Start your day by waking up early with a smile. Stretch your body a little and practice meditation, yoga or other forms of physical exercises for at least 20-30 minutes. You can take a stroll on your terrace or in your home garden. Take five minutes to cool down after your workout and then settle down at a comfy desk and write your goals down. Have a healthy breakfast and start your day with positivity.
Check out our blog on Selfcare Sunday, and see if you can get some tips that you can incorporate in your daily routine.
Set your priorities
Setting your priorities is a must for a productive day because you can’t have a productive day if you don’t know where to start. Make a list of the tasks that you need to get accomplished, then prioritize these tasks based on importance and urgency. There are many apps that help you prioritize your weeks or days. You can take the help of these apps to make your days or even weeks more productive. Do ensure to keep a time in your priority list that leads you to build your wellness routine.
Take regular breaks
This is especially crucial for the individuals who are working from home. Sitting for prolonged hours to complete a task can introduce sedentary ailments in your life. And while you are protecting yourself from coronavirus your body might develop other major health issues. Therefore, it is important to reduce mental as well as physical fatigue. Take a short break and listen to music, take a short nap, or call your friends or relatives. Understand how long working hours can hamper your overall health.
Indulge in online courses
This is beneficial for students whose education has halted due to the lockdown. The internet is flooded with a lot of online tutorials that are beneficial for your growth and development. You can improve your language, your knowledge, your skills with the help of online courses. You can join these online classes to gift yourself full-stack development skills, a graphic design Bootcamp, or baking lessons in this time of emergency.
Learn new skills
Utilize your time to develop new skills or hobbies. We all are born with special talents and this is the right time when you can actually get an idea of things that make you different from others. Self-introspection is the key to ultimate happiness. Do things you love to do, fill yourself with love, joy, and passion. Dance, sing, exercise, draw, write, read a new book, and prepare yourself for an invigorating experience.
Rekindle your bonds and relationships
Tell your family or friends how much you love them. Make nice gestures such as prepare your siblings or parents a hot cup of coffee. Make a delicious breakfast or lunch for your family. Send messages to your friends telling them how grateful you are for having them in your life. Make a phone call to your friends whom you always gave an excuse of not having enough time. This way you not only make yourself happy but also your near and dear ones.
Focus on good eating and drinking habits
Now, as you are at home focus on drinking more water and eat only healthy foods. Add vegetables, herbs such as garlic, ginger, ashwagandha, turmeric, honey, fruits, whole grains and other healthy things to your diet. Focus on chewing your food completely and don’t skip meals. Boosting your immunity by eating healthy foods is a must to lower your chances of getting infected from any disease.
Build your wellness routine
In this time of emergency, it is important for you to stay positive and stress-free. Practising yoga and meditation regularly can offer enormous health benefits to your body. Performing Yoga asanas can improve flexibility, balance, endurance and physical strength. On the other hand, meditation is a great way to keep the mind sharp and clear. It also relieves stress and improves overall well-being. Check out our Yoga Series on YouTube.
Moreover, you can talk to your mentors/seniors on your career goals, or simply learn from there experience. This will help you become more focused and determined towards your goals. So, practice all these things until the situation gets normal. The lockdown in India due to the coronavirus outbreak is a chance to live our lives in a way that we have forgotten to live due to the hustle-bustle and chaos that surrounded our minds and body all the time, as part of the modern lifestyle. Give your body time, your inner-being the introspection it requires, or the best gift you can give yourself is build your wellness routine for 2020, and practice it throughout the year.
There are a lot of things to do, you just have to look closer and deeper inside. Let’s stay inside in our homes, and be safe. Hope we all come out these tough times, stronger, brighter, and healthier.