Set Your Quarantine Routine
Quarantining can get very boring, very fast. There are only so many Netflix shows you can binge before you start to get restless. With that being said, it's important to take care of your mind and body during this time, and setting a loose schedule for yourself can help you stay on track and feel productive, while avoiding unnecessary stress. So get ready, I’m going to take you through my daily routine from morning to night. Remember everyone is different – this is what has been working best for me, but your perfect combination of relaxation and structure might look a little different. Allow yourself some flexibility with this routine and feel free to give it a little of your own personal touch!
8 a.m. - Start your day feeling fresh
The first thing I do when getting out of bed is stretch my whole body to wake up my muscles. Then, I put on some feel-good music, I suggest listening to Jack Johnson or Hippo Campus, and open all my blinds to help start my day on a good note. Now fully awake, I make my bed because having a clean, organized space really does wonders to improve your mood and relieve stress. After that, I start making breakfast which usually consists of avocado toast or yogurt with granola.
8:30 a.m. - Feed your soul
I’ve been reading almost everyday. I would always make excuses about why I couldn't read, like being too busy, but now all I have is time. Some great books I highly suggest during this quarantine time are Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens and The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. Sometimes I like to switch up reading with meditating in the mornings instead.
9 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Fuel your brain
Now it's time to get the work done. I start by watching any online lectures I may have and doing any homework that's assigned. It’s important to do some work each day so it doesn’t end up piling up at the end of the week.
12 to 1 p.m. - Lunch time!
I start by making a healthy, tasting lunch. Not only is it quick and easy to make, LION’S MANE soup makes my body feel great and it tastes delicious. Also, to change it up, I make some great vegan dishes on ahapurefoods.com. My favorites are Vegan Mac and Cheese, made with SWEET CHI soup (if you love butternut squash this dish will become a staple for you), and lettuce wraps made with LUCKY BONES soup.
1:30 to 3 p.m. - Strengthen your body
First and most importantly, stretch! Once I loosen and warm up my muscles, I take this time to do some at-home workouts with my roommate. I suggest following along to youtube videos, my favorites are Alexis Ren’s and Chloe Ting’s. Also, on certain days to rest my body, I search up some yoga routines to follow.
3 to 4 p.m. - Build your passions
This is the perfect time to try out any passions you’ve been interested in such as baking, painting, drawing, writing, etc. The options are unlimited. I’ve been painting almost everyday and it's great to hang up your finished products around the house and lighten-up the atmosphere.
4 to 6 p.m. - Fun free time
Time for relaxation. I usually watch a Netflix show with my roommate, play board games, or go on social media (Tik Tok is great).
6 to 7 p.m. - Dinner time!
Make another healthy meal, refer to Lunchtime for any easy, tasty recipes to make.
9 to 10 p.m. - Winding down
Now, I start getting ready for bed. I take a shower and put on a face mask after to really treat myself. After, I either read some more or do some journaling. My journal consists of any goals I would like to achieve in the near future or writing down any of my thoughts and feelings. Then, bedtime!