24 Mar Utilise your commute-time during the COVID-19 pandemic
As I’m sure you’re all aware, COVID-19 has swept the world of its feet and has drastically affected the way we all live. You can find out more about it here.
As workplaces close and self-isolation comes into force, many of us are finding ourselves spending an unprecedented time at home, when we would usually be out and about living our best lives.
For people who have been rolling out of bed at 08:59 to start working from home at 09:00, here’s how you could utilise that hour or half-hour you would usually be spending on commuting into the office.
This morning, I woke up at my usual time of 07:30 and made 4 big glasses of hipster smoothies and posted it on Instagram and Facebook Stories. I noted the ingredients just in case anyone wanted to try it out for themselves and stay healthy during this period.
For so long, people have grumbled at how social media is going to be the downfall of our society, but during this time, it’s going to be crucial in preventing us all from going stark raving mad.
On 23 March, day one of the YouTube workout by the online fitness guru, Joe Wicks, has been live-streamed by more than 1 million people. Parents have turned to alternative teaching methods to cope with their children not being able to attend school during the coronavirus outbreak. He’ll be doing these videos at 09:00 Monday-Friday until further notice — what a guy. You can also watch them on demand if this time isn’t suitable for you.
Other celebrity personal trainers or my own personal trainer friends are giving away free advice, whether that be exercise or nutrition-related content. This is sparking a movement in our society and helping people cope with self-isolation.
Further things to do with your commute time
- Make sure you’re keeping up with the news. Sounds dull, I know, but it really is important that you keep up-to-date with what’s happening with government policies during this pandemic.
- Read a book — any kind of book! Just keep your mind occupied.
- Start learning a language for an hour in the morning and hour in the evening — you’ll be a whiz in no time!
- If you’re anything like me, you’ll know what we live to eat, so prep your meals for the day, making sure you have the right ingredients for what your heart desires.
- As we’re more likely going to be moving less, it’s important to eat healthier so why not research healthy meal alternatives to what you usually have. There are so many recipes out there, ranging from low calorie, pescatarian to vegan.
- Challenge yourself (or don’t if you’re an avid baker) and get baking — get the kids involved if you have them at home.
- Board games with your family — chess, drafts, snakes and ladders, dominoes, snap, puzzles, Guess Who, Frustration and my family favourite, bagatelle — the list is endless.
- Gardening — growing new plants and vegetables/fruit!
- Start a work of art by painting, drawing or filling in colouring books.
- Yoga & meditation — you can find videos on YouTube to follow
- Get your house spick and span! Start organising things to make it a more bearable place to be. If you’ve got decorating to do, make a start on that!
- Get out in the fresh(ish) air (only by yourself or with the people in your household/pets as recently stated by BoJo) by going for a run, walk or cycle somewhere local to you.
- Make the effort to Facetime/call people you won’t see for a while. There will be some people on their own for a very long time so make sure you comfort them with daily/weekly calls.
Remember guys, we’re all in this together. Keep isolated which will protect your family and friends ❤