Today was an unusual day. Around 2 pm today a company wide email was sent out outlining that we would be working from home until at least the end of March. It was bitter sweet. On one hand I love working in yoga pants and wearing sports bras over a dress and a real bra. Yet on the other hand today signaled that our lives here in America just got turned upside down. I don’t need to rehash the events for you. You know what is going on. Rather I want to share with you my plan to live a simple, slow, and meaningful life.
First, I plan to continue with my regular morning routine. Each morning I will wake up at the same time and start my day with my mug of warm water with a splash of apple cider vinegar and some honey. My yoga practice will expand from 20 minutes to 60 minutes each morning. My furbaby and I will still eat breakfast before I start working. And I will shower each morning.
Second, my nighttime routine will continue. About an hour before I go to bed, I will pour myself a small glass of tart cherry juice and have my night time supplements. I will either sit in peace and read or turn on the TV to something lighthearted (likely HGTV Flea Market Flip).
Unless something needs to change for work, I will be maintaining my same work hours. In order for me to make sure I step away from the computer a little bit throughout the day, I am going to implement mini-workouts. For my mini-workouts, I am going to focus on high rep body weight exercises. My goal will be to complete 50 squats, 50 push-ups, 50 crunches, and 50 lunges each day during my mini work breaks. After work each day, I will alternate between going for a short run or taking our furbaby for a walk. I plan on running 3-4 times a week with shorter distances.
Household chores will change too. I plan on doing laundry about three times a week to keep the dirty clothes at bay. I will be taking about 10 minutes each day to wipe down high touch spots and restocking low items as well as opening the windows for at least one hour a day. I am going to adopt a more European mindset with grocery shopping by picking up less items more often. Meals will take on a life of their own. I am going to look to source ingredients for recipes that take time to cook such as a 5 hour pork shoulder for pulled pork. There is no sense on rushing. Not many places will be open after tonight anyways.
Weather pending, I am already scheduling a couple walks and hikes with a small group of friends and family. We should enjoy the early spring weather as best as possible.
What do you plan on changing over the next couple of weeks? What are you doing for self-care?