By McKensie Shiner
It’s easy to get down on yourself in the midst of a global pandemic. With not much to do and the majority of time being spent indoors, you may feel like you’re stuck in a rut. The good news is there are multiple habits you can get into that can positively affect your mood, energy, and productivity. Here are some of our favorites.
Make your bed
Though this seems pointless to some people, it is always so nice to lay down at night in a bed that’s already made for you. In terms of the morning, though, it is one simple way to start your day feeling productive. By achieving this one task before you do anything, you will already have a win to start your day. This will help you remain active throughout the morning and pay off when it is time to go to sleep later on.
2. Make a to-do list
For those who struggle to keep things straight throughout the day, a to-do list is an awesome way to ensure you’re being productive. By keeping track of what you plan to do today, you can stay on task easier. The saying, “out of sight, out of mind,” often goes hand and hand with procrastination. If you’re not looking at a list of all of the things you need to get done, will you actually do them? Probably not. The best part of to-do lists is the accomplished feeling you get once you cross off one or all of your tasks.
3. Learn something new
Whether it be a new hobby or the simple practice of actively searching for information every day, it is always great to learn something you may not have known before. Even if it’s something as simple as a cooking tip, a random fact, or a new way to style an outfit. Learning keeps your brain engaged and keeps you feeling great! Besides, who doesn’t love having random facts in their back pocket for the next time the opportunity of sharing the fact presents itself?
4. Start your morning with water
While any time of day is a good time to drink water, the best thing you can do, after making your bed of course, is drinking water. It’s easy to get sidetracked and forget to drink it, so by starting your day off with this as one of your first tasks, you’re preventing dehydration. By adding ice, you can even wake yourself up a bit with a cool, refreshing glass!
5. Adopt cleaning tendencies
A great way to ensure you’re always living in a clean environment is to make sure you’re doing things that will promote this. For example, deep clean the kitchen sink after you do the dishes or the bathroom sink after you brush your teeth. Clean the shower after you give your dog a bath in it. Vacuum after you get ready a few days a week. These habits don’t even have to correlate with one another! You can simply do the laundry while you cook breakfast in the morning. As long as you’re getting in the habit of cleaning, you’re doing great!
We know that COVID-19 is tough on everyone. If you find yourself in need of someone to talk to, please reach out to Counseling by the Sea today. We are here to help you!