STAYING HOME WITH ED

Posted by edna swart on

For me, routine has always been an essential part of my life and during isolation it is more important than ever. Routine brings me a sense of normality in these unprecedented times and I am excited to share my daily routine with you all plus my go to boredom busters for this lock down period. 

The night before…

Each night I like to write a to-do list for the next day and create a daily purpose and a daily goal. It is easy to become unmotivated when you aren't leaving the house or going to work. For me, having a daily purpose is what helps me wake up in the morning. A goal is something we strive for that should be aligned with our purpose. Your daily goal could be something as small as clearing all emails or something more ambitious like workout out for an hour. No matter the size of the goal, it always feels good once you achieve it. 

My daily purpose is:

My daily goals are:

Morning routine...

Gratitude

Each morning I love to practice gratitude. It is easy to be angry at the world during this time and it can be hard to find the positives in life. Practicing gratitude is as easy as writing down or saying out loud ‘Today I am grateful for…’ The goal of this exercise is for your brain to create positive emotions therefore putting you in a positive mindset for the day. Here is an example:

Today I am grateful for:

  1. The health of myself and my friends and family 
  2. The sun for bringing light and beauty to this world
  3. Life’s challenges for helping me grow and become a better person

NOTE: It is important to practice gratitude daily, not just when something good happens in your life. 

Exercise 

Now is a great time to get into exercise, both your body and mind will thank you! I always get asked about my exercise routine and how often I work out. For me it is all about balance and consistency. I am not strict with my diet or exercise, but I always make sure I am doing some form of exercise daily. I have a background in competing competitively in sport, mainly athletes and running. This has given me a good foundation in consistent daily exercise and understanding how my body moves and what kind of exercise works for me. I am no expert, but I do believe in a well balanced lifestyle.

My current workout routine is:

10km run 

100 lunges

 

20 mins of boxing 

 

Night time routine...

For me, night-time is all about self-care! I love to relax, put a good movie on and have a hot herbal tea. But first, I use my body products. 

Step 1 - Apply ‘BEFORE’ all over your body on dry skin using your hands. (avoid face). For extra scrub use exfoliating mitt with scrub. Leave for 10 mins and rinse off in the shower.

Step 2 - Lather your skin with AFTER body oil immediately after your shower while your skin is still hot, your pores are open, and your skin can soak in the oils. 

Step 3 - To seal in the oils, apply a topcoat of ALWAYS body moisturiser to complete your self-care nightly body routine. Tomorrow when you wake up, your skin will be transformed. 

(We recommend this system twice a week) 

Remember...

It is important to remember self-care comes in many forms. Sometimes it can consist of eating healthy foods and working out. Other times it can be a day of putting your feet up and doing absolutely nothing. Don't beat yourself up if you have a day where you haven't been productive or completed the tasks you wanted to - we all have those days and there is nothing wrong with that!

Create a vision board

Creating a vision board is a great way to put all your dreams in one place. A vision board is a tool used to help clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on specific life goals. Visualization is one of the most powerful mind exercises you can practice, and a vision board is a great way to practice this. Your board can be either a physical board made with a magazine and printing out images or it can be a digital board made on word or publisher. 

Helpful links: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SApNG0G-W48

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCb1FTKhIZw

Watch these classic chick flicks with a summer flare 

These are a few of my favourite classic films, they make me laugh and I love the elements of summer they all have: 

  • Cross Roads
  • Mama Mia (number 1 and 2!)
  • Letters To Juliet
  • 10 Things I Hate About You
  • 50 First Dates 

Get into fitness and exercise

With all this time on your hands, it is a perfect time to get into exercise and create healthy habits. Here are a few suggestions on how to get motivated: 

Apps - 

Keep It Cleaner is a great app to use for workout and lifestyle motivation during self-isolation. It has a great mix of workouts, healthy recipes and fitness motivation! You can download it here. https://www.keepitcleaner.com.au/ 

Cook a delicious meal 

There is a great website called My Fridge Food – you simply add in what’s in your fridge and the website will spit out what you can make with it! Its great!

Other suggestions to keep busy 

  • Working out for 30 mins - 1 hour
  • Clean different part of the house each day 
  • Call a friend of family member
  • Go for a walk with your partner 
  • Learn a new skill
  • Work on a set task (business, painting, baking)

Iv recently started painting again. Why not start doing that something you once had time and passion to do. 

Holiday Mood Board 

Summer isn't over, It's just on hold! Why not create a Holiday mood board filled with travel inspiration and images of all the incredible places you want to go! You can create a physical board using magazine clippings and printed images or make a Pinterest Board and find awesome travel accounts to follow. Why not also focus on adding images from our beautiful country also? Have you explored your own backyard? 

Pinterest accounts to follow: 

https://www.pinterest.nz/townandtourist/video_pins/

https://www.pinterest.nz/finduslost/

https://www.pinterest.nz/jetsetterphoto/

I hope I have given you some food for thought and a few activites to keep you busy. 

xo 

ed 

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