Did you know that cherrichella is a proud Melbourne-based shoe brand? Together, we’ve come out of another lockdown this week (sunshine, what’s that?) and there’s something sweet about that winter air. As we emerge from our homes and try to sink back into our normal lives, we’re appreciating the simplest of things, from sitting outside at our local cafés, to the mundane grocery trip and as glad as we are for Zoom, nothing beats seeing the faces of our family and friends in person.
Even though we’re grateful for every little moment outside, many of us are still working from home and it looks like this new norm is here to stay. While there are plenty of perks to this, we’ve also seen and felt the downsides when it comes to our bodies, minds and life as we know it. Being stuck at home isn’t fun when you’ve got to do it day in and day out, and it’s tougher if you add kids or housemates to that mix. So, whether you’re in quarantine, isolation, or simply spending a lot of time bound to your house, here are 10 tips on how to stay sane when you’re stuck at home.
Tip 1: Set a healthy routine
The stay-at-home movement threw a lot of our routines out the window and it can be overwhelming! Humans naturally thrive from a healthy routine, and they don’t have to be strict, they’re simply schedules to help you structure your day-to-day. There’s a time and place for everything, so setting a routine will help you spend more time getting things done and less time thinking about what’s to come. Start by waking up early, and having a consistent bedtime. We love weekly planners and timetables, but if you prefer doing it online, block out times in your calendar for work, play and of course rest.
Tip 2: Rise and shine with a morning ritual
What you do in the morning can make or break your entire day. Setting a healthy morning ritual for your work-from-home days will help you shift your attitude and get you ready to tackle the day feeling fresh and alert. The key is to get ready for work like you’ve always done, and this sadly includes changing out of your PJs. Of course, one of the big perks of working at home is to stay comfy, so if that means investing in a new #WFH wardrobe, it’s time for a little shopping! PS. We love wearing our cherrichella sneakers with neutral chunky knits, relaxed jeans or your favourite activewear tights. After all, Zoom calls only require business at the top.
Tip 3: Set up your space
Just like how a morning ritual can switch your attitude for the day, separating your spaces at home can also do wonders. Leave the bedroom for R&R and create a workspace for yourself in another room. Home offices are a luxury, but all you need is a desk or dining table (preferably near natural light) that is set up with all you need to have a productive day. Don’t forget your favourite notebooks, mood boards and anything else that inspires you.
Tip 4: Eat well, feel well
If you ask us if we’ve spiraled a little out of control with the junk food and takeout in the past year, we’ll honestly put our hands up. It’s important to make sure your body is getting the nourishment it needs so you feel good physically and mentally. An easy way to start is to shake up your snacks – we’re big fans of fresh fruit, nuts and these heavenly Bliss Balls that are jam-packed with superfoods for energy. Remember to also stay hydrated by drinking 8 glasses of water each day. If you’re struggling with that part, infuse your water with berries or citrus slices for a refreshing hit. And don’t worry, all your favourite snacks are still allowed but in moderation.
Tip 5: Keep on moving
Our bodies weren’t meant to stay seated 24/7. Remember to stay active throughout the day – it helps to boost your energy. Staying active is a great way to de-stress as well as reset your mood. Start your mornings with something as light as a stretch session or as intense as you’d like with your usual workout routine. Don’t forget to also take breaks after each hour of work to stretch – your body will thank you for it! Try walking in our white Asana sneaker - light weight, removable insoles - the perfect walking shoes!
Tip 6: Explore passion projects
We’ve all had our fair share of baking banana bread and growing plants at home, but the sky is still the limit when it comes to finding a fun hobby or activity. Whether it’s getting creative like painting, baking an incredible cheesecake, learning a new language, or taking up your next 1,000-piece puzzle challenge, always make fun time for yourself. Remember all the things you loved to do as a kid? It’s time to bring those things back.
Tip 7: Get some fresh air
We’ll keep this one short – remember to BREATHE. If you’re able to get outside, do it. Nothing beats a healthy dosage of Vitamin D and fresh air. A walk outside each day allows you to enjoy a podcast, to reflect or to just spend some time away from the screens. Fresh air is only going to be positive for your health and happiness.
Tip 8: Practice mindfulness
It can be scary when we’re left with our own thoughts, especially if we’re isolated. Meditation is a wonderful way to help soothe your mind, boost your general mental health and get you away from the screens. It can help you start your day, control your emotions, focus your thoughts and prepare you for rest. If you’re new to it all try the Smiling Mind or Headspace app. If you’re worried about the time it takes up, the beauty of meditation is that there are guided meditation sessions for 2 minutes through to an hour.
Tip 9: Give yourself a break
If you feel like things haven’t gone completely to plan during these past 12 months, you’re not alone. Just remember, the entire world is going through a pandemic! Have you been too hard on yourself? Kindness goes a long way to others, and also to you. Self-care is much more than just having a glass of wine during bath time, it’s also checking-in with yourself in terms of your energy, your emotions, your motivation and your health.
Tip 10: Keep in touch
Whether you’re an introvert or extrovert, staying connected with others can help lift that feeling of loneliness and isolation. Nothing compares to catch-ups in person, but it helps to schedule calls, Facetime or Zoom gatherings with your friends and family to lighten the mood. If you’re missing your favourite colleagues from work, setting up scheduled check-ins like a morning kick-off meeting or coffee break meeting can also help to boost accountability and productivity.
Lockdown isn’t a new thing to us anymore, but that doesn’t make it any easier when it happens. One thing that pulls us through is our community’s resilience and all of the frontline workers keeping us safe. Melbourne, we’ll always love you!