With so many restrictions in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, it feels like the days have started to blend together. You may not feel the same passion you had for your job because it’s no longer separated from your home life. You may feel unmotivated because the usual fun activities that involve going out are discouraged.
This will pass, but while we’re all in this situation, you can find ways to improve your outlook on things. Here’s how to make your normal days more meaningful amid everything that’s going on:
Separate Your Work Area
One of the easiest ways to feel like your day is such a blur is when you wake up, go straight to work in your bed, eat in the same place, and don’t even change out of your pajamas until late in the afternoon. Experts suggest you give your body cues that you’re in work mode to make some sort of separation between the two. They recommend dressing up in your work clothes, and designating an area away from your bed to do work in. At the end of the day, indulge in your favorite Korean face mask as you would after getting home from the office. Do this every day to feel a semblance of normalcy even when you’re stuck at home.
Eat Healthy Food
It’s easy to take this time as a free pass on your diet, but the implications of eating unhealthy food go beyond gaining weight. You think that you can easily lose the weight you gain when things are back to normal, but you might not be thinking of how it affects your mood and energy levels. Though filling and admittedly delicious, fast foods you get delivered to your home are full of salts, oils, and fats–ingredients that make you feel lethargic after the initial hype, and put you in a horrible mood the rest of the day. You may also find yourself craving for them often, because they are addictive, and breaking this cycle will be more difficult in the long run.
Respect Your Weekends
Even though you don’t commute to work anymore, you can’t help but feel tired at home. It feels like you’re doing more work, which doesn’t make sense, right? Now more than ever, it’s important that you give yourself some time to relax and unwind. Use your weekends for this, and make sure you’re truly disconnected from work when you do. If you’re logged into your work accounts from your phone, turn off the notifications or log out completely if you find it hard to not check your account every few minutes. Limit the time you spend on social media as well, as news reports may only add to your stress when you’re supposed to be relaxing. Allow yourself some quiet time on the weekends. Watch your favorite shows, cook, or enjoy any other hobbies you have.
Everyone has their way of coping with the pandemic, but it can’t be helped that you feel like something is wrong or missing. Find ways to bring back that sense of fulfillment by allowing yourself some time to recharge.