I run my jewelry business (Au Courant) from my home office, so I’m used to working from home. A few days a week prior to the lockdown, turning into to all days at home by myself, had some taking used to. I would have assistants and jewelry makers here with me several days in the week. I love when I have people working with me at home. It brings a different kind of focused energy and accountability.
Staying at home for all activities, plus cooking, and cleaning all the time can make you feel crazy, esp when all the days seem to blend into one another, and we aren’t given a definitive end date for the lockdown. Upon trial and error, these are some things that have kept me feeling sane, happy, and productive during Corona quarantine.
This helps you stay productive.
- You must first set your priorities. These are all the things you need to do to make sure you are healthy and happy. Priorities (in no particular order): work, self- care, taking care of kitties, reaching out to loved ones, eating, cleaning, exercising, getting food/supplies, being creative/playing with a hobby, working on my projects.
- Establish how long all these things are going to take you, and the frequency you need to do them.
- Do some introspection, are you a highly regimented person that needs to follow a strict schedule and not waiver? Or are you, a somewhat spontaneous type, that likes to leave room for the unknown, and follow the whims of your moods and inspiration?
- Knowing yourself will allow you to organize your priorities in a manner which suits you. Its important to have a daily and weekly routine so you can implement a plan for goals, and not feel overwhelmed. Overwhlem is anxiety, anxiety is depression. No bueno. The opposite is feelings of optimism, faith, joy, and abundance. This is the ultimate goal in your mental health.
You must do something every single day.
Not only does a sweaty body trigger the need to shower (lol), the main reason for exercising is the surge of endorphins. The human body is regulated by hormones, we need to do what we can to reduce anxiety, and boost the “feel good” hormones which indicate health. The something somethin I’ve decided to do every day, is run outside for at least a mile. I’ll throw in some youtube videos, insta live classes, and doing my own workouts at home to make sure I hit multiple muscle groups. As the weather permits, being outside (mask on), seeing a change in scenery, and smelling the roses- has an earth grounding effect which is good for the soul.
I know this works because… a couple of days in March (which happened to be rainy days), I didn’t do any exercise for the day which made me feel kind of sad and unproductive. Keeping up the discipline to run outside every day (or at least work out for 45+ mins) has kept me feeling focused, optimistic, and showered.😜
Taking it easy on alcohol:
Watching a Housewives marathon on my chillax moments can be so pleasurable with a cocktail in tow. Just like you’re there, participating in the scenes with them, I mean, I want to join in on the fun too! A couple of times this month, I’ve craved wine, and I caved. I don’t find anything wrong with alcohol in moderation, but I’ve had to reel it in. Drinking alone, at home, can lead to depression if becoming a habit. At least for me anyway. As fun as it can be playing along with the housewives, the aftermath is not so cute. Drinking leads me to overeating, and in combo with slowing down my metabolism, sort of negates any fitness progress I’m working towards. Alcohol is categorically a depressant, and can make you emo and sad. Though it can lead to sleepiness, your quality of sleep will suffer. Not only does it affect your health on the inside (mental, and physical), it takes a toll on your outward appearance. Alcohol dilates your blood vessels, triggers rosacea, and makes you puffy. Its safe to say, my vanity saves me =P.
Animals, a spiritual gift:
Yes, being a solo entrepreneur can get lonely at times. Loneliness can lead to feeling emo, which I’ve experienced many times. A psychic actually told me, that I have a strong connection to animals, and that I needed them in my life. That made sense every time I was around a teacup puppy, but I didn’t think having pets was a feasible thing for me. I had always been super busy with my work being my main focus. I was juggling being a DJ and a jewelry business owner since 2015. Adding resistance to the subject, I’m very sensitive to smells (lol), like my place really clean and organized, and had allergic reactions to the presence of cats and dogs. Adopting a cat or dog had reached a high point on mind towards the end of 2019, but took a realistic turn once I realized I wasn’t allergic to cats (anymore), and you can have cats without your place smelling like it. *Special thanks to my cousin Katie who adopted a cat. I stayed at her place during Thanksgiving, and had my aha moment.
I had the fortune of adopting two Lynx Point Siamese 8mo old kittens in early February (a month before lockdown), and I am sure glad I did! Animals vibrate at a higher vibration, and bring love into your life. I can’t say this journey has been without an ‘uh oh what did I do’ adjustment period, but alas it has been a blessing. People say to me, ‘Oh you’ve done such a good thing adopting, saving a lives’, but the whole truth, is they are saving me! I don’t even want to imagine what lockdown life would be like without them.
Check out my kitties Milky & Louie out on insta @milky.louie
For everyone else with kids/ more responsibilities than me:
I get a mild glimpse of what life is like taking care of a child, by having cats at home with me. Having them for over 2 months has been an eye opening, intense experience, that I often compare to having a child (I can get into all the intricacies in a later post). Though I know it isn’t quite the same- I get a sense of how some parents can care for their children so well, but alternatively suppress their own needs, and make their lives all about the kids. Of course I think having loving, caring parents is the best option; you must not lose your own identity in the process. Integrating personal projects, hobbies, and things that make you happy, should also be on the list of priorities for you. If you don’t take the time and energy to prioritize the things that make you happy, you may feel like time passes, but something is missing in your life, which is your soul being neglected.