I’ve been seeing some and hearing about INTERESTING posts from people on social media recently … especially with the continuation of social distancing/isolating and changes in the work place …
- Haven’t showered in days
- Don’t ever change out of their pajamas
- Waste time and are bored every day because they don’t have a plan
- Not getting simple and small things done (that are normally no big deal)
- Are suffering from more anxiety and stress than usual, because they don’t have any normalcy in their lives!
Hey, there’s NO judgment here! In fact I’ve been guilty of one or two of these over the years …
But right now it’s more important than EVER to make sure that we’re doing what we can to keep our head in the game and not let ourselves slip!
If this sounds like you (or someone you know!) then a little structure may be exactly what you need.
A Bit Of Structure To Help In ‘Normalness’
There might be a question of “why do we need structure?” … but when we look around there is structure everywhere:
- the human body – the human cell
- the making of buildings & your home
- when writing my essays at school
- an author putting a novel together
- even when following a recipe
Structure, even in the human body, provides for communication, productivity, distribution of responsibilities, accountability, and getting results. \
So to help us out during this continued time of social distancing and being at home more, I created a quick guide called YOUR IDEAL LOCKDOWN DAY!
Important! Please use what I have shared as a sample of the "ideal lockdown day". Creating your own version of this will do SO MUCH to help keep your stress levels lower, stay on-track with your goals, and even have more fun in your life! Make it for you.
Who Knew ?
That when this year kicked off, it would turn out the way it has so far?
The best thing we can do is roll with it, adapt our routine, and get on with life the best we can.
And if you don’t have a schedule, it’s like playing a game of dominoes.
If one little thing goes awry, it can cause a cascade of events that can throw off your entire day … or worse!
And that can lead to:
- Stress (which you know is bad for your health). Which can lead to …
- Poor sleep. Which can lead to …
- Not-so-healthy meals. Which can lead to …
- Little or no exercise / activity.
Now imagine the OPPOSITE of all that:
- having a sense of peace and feeling in control
- sleeping great at night
- having more energy
- feeling proud of yourself because you’re taking control of your day!
Those are just a few things plugged into a schedule can make a WORLD of difference!
Check out this sample schedule (this is based on my schedule)
My Ideal DAY
- 5:45 am: Morning Ritual: Wake up, feed dog, drink a glass of water
- 6 am: Mindfulness: Gratitude
- 6:30 am: Mentally rehearse my day (appointments, workout time, clients, work on my business, think about what to eat)
- 7 am: Shower
- 7:30 am: Breakfast
- 8 am: Work (with varied breaks to stretch out and move)
- Noon: Lunch, get outside for fresh air, personal development
- 1-4 pm: More Work: client meetings, virtual coaching, etc. (ALSO: deal with mail and paperwork/make any phone calls for any personal business.)
- 5 pm. Dinner, chores, and do something creative, or workout/walk
- 9 pm: Reading, maybe some mindful research
- 10 pm: Wind-down, get ready for sleep and then sleep!
*p.s. there is always room for flexibility to move things around – this is never a locked and fixed schedule or routine.
Take a few minutes today to create YOUR ideal day schedule – set yourself up for success by being realistic about how much you actually can accomplish in a day.
Hold Yourself Accountable
To following it. It may not be an exact science, but it provides a template and guide for your day.
You will be amazed how after just a day or two you will feel so much more relaxed and at peace.
Make your day an amazing day,
CEO & Chief Medical Exercise Specialist at the Other Pain Clinic Inc™
p.s. If you want to add a challenge or two to your “ideal day”, join the 5-Day Mental Health Lifestyle Challenge. You can watch the videos from Day 1 and Day 2.