Isolation, Quarantine, Staycation?
Isolation, quarantine, staycation – what are you calling it? I guess it all depends on what you are doing with this incredibly weird period of our lives. Me? I’m making the most of my staycation and you should to!
And this is why – not only is a positive outlook good for your mental health, it’s a great way to ensure productivity, motivation and get a much-needed new perspective on what life can be like. We all need to learn to adapt to new situations, this one has just made us do that a little bit quicker than some of us might have expected or liked.
So, let’s talk staycation.
1. Netflix and chill Maybe you’re like me who spends endless hours working on my business and really appreciates the moment I get home of an evening, take off my bra & make up to relax on the couch. Or maybe you’re a Mum who never gets the luxury of Netflix, Stan etc. People often refer to the “chill” as codeword for the hanky-panky but I actually really enjoy getting stuck into a series – highly recommend The Bold Type on Stan 😉 (you’re welcome).
2. Stick to your normal routine Ja Rule & Ashanti iconically sung – baby, you’re always on time. You’re probably thinking, on time for what?! We’re in isolation and there is no where we can go. That’s where your mentality needs to shift. Don’t get into the habit of sleeping in. Get dressed, do your make up, and your hair - get around the iso-bun! Stick to your normal routine. The human brain loves routine & simulation. Without it, it’s possible your mental health will start to feel the effects.
3. So, call me baby
It’s funny how quickly some people have adapted. Dan Andrews said “No getting on the beers with friends”. Lucky for us some brilliant person came up with FaceTime, Skype, Zoom and the new awesome app House Party. – all of which allow you to catch up with family and friends. Oh, did I mention House Party are about to add virtual games – WIN! Which brings me to my next suggestion…
4. Feed your brain
Turn off the TV. Go old school. Puzzles, word-finds, board-games or brain teasers. Set little goals for yourself, write them down and tick them off as you go. Your brain will appreciate the stimulation and keep your motivation high.
5. I, I, I, I work out…
I have a one on one personal training session with WHOOSH fitness, did I mention they come to you! With gyms being deemed a no-go-zone, whoosh fitness are offering live/virtual classes . It’s just like being in there except the trainer can’t tell you off for taking a teeny-tiny break every now and then!
6. Wait it out Now, you better sit down for this one. Don’t try to cut or colour your hair while in isolation. I know that might be difficult to digest but it’s not worth it! You can wait. Like you’re having a staycation – your hair can have a colourcation. This is the perfect time to give your hair a break from heat – straightening, curling, blow-drying. And from colour – use a toning shampoo instead. Let it rebuild, grow it out then make-overs when we’re done – WOO!! Who doesn’t love a make-over! IF you feel the need to tame the mane – I will be uploading YouTube videos to teach you the basics of styling. Jump over to my channel and check it out!
If you have ever wanted some free styling tips or tricks – sing out! We’d love to hear about what you’d like to learn so we can add it to the channel.
Stay safe, stay healthy, stay home.