Different ways of doing quarantine
It seems to be a badge of honour during this strange time to “get stuff done”. The reality for some strange reason is that even with good intentions we are getting less done than ever.
My daughter read me a message from a Uni friend who quickly relocated to Northern NSW once Uni went online. “How have your quarantined days been looking like?” the message read. ” Mine have been pretty much – wake up with the sun and meditate. Do some yoga. Shower – drink kangen water and have amazing healthy breakfast . Go out for nature or the beach . More plants for lunch – online uni plus online business. So productive. Relaxing dinner at the beach for sunset . Go on a long run or do a tough HIIT workout – maybe have a small piece of dark chocolate if I’m feeling cheeky and lots and lots of gratitude. Early bed to catch some zzz.”
We laughed and thought about drafting our reply: “My days have been sleep until lunchtime. Wake up feeling hungover and bloated. Scroll through my phone for 2 hours. Order KFC from Uber Eats (or Maccas if I’m feeling cheeky). Watch 3 episodes of Grey’s Anatomy. Maybe a bit of uni work. Scroll through my phone. Do 5 minutes of a home workout and then get bored so decide to make a cake in a mug. Eat all of my Easter eggs. Scroll through my phone again and fall asleep on the couch. “
There is ONE THING you can do whether you are enjoying productive vibrant days like my daughter’s friend or the more real version we conjured up. Get a workout in. It doesn’t have to be long or too hard. You are not going to break any fitness records or hit a PB during this time. But what you are going to do is to give yourself a lovely dose of endorphins. It is a real pick me up. It may perhaps give the rest of the day more a structured feel. It might make you feel more focused. It will feel like a small WIN. It will make you feel better and more accomplished. Try it and see.