We wouldn’t be the first to say, this is a WILD time. It’s been a slow and yet sudden dramatic change to our everyday lives. We’re all still coming to terms with this new reality, without even knowing when it will end. But we also wouldn’t be the first to say, we are truly all in this together. For us, we’re focussed on finding ways to get through it in a healthy, happy and productive way. While also trying to enjoy the forced slowing down of life as we know it.
Let us caveat these blogs with an idea - it's okay not to be at your normal functioning self during these times. It's okay to not be productive. It's okay to feel weird.
We just thought we'd share some of the things we've been doing to keep busy with our toddlers during our inside hours and we hope they help you too.
If you’re anything like us, your to-do list got significantly bigger when you were told you’re not allowed to leave your house. We are ambitious and goal oriented people so naturally we made a list of things we wanted to achieve during this time...the time we apparently couldn't find before. We weren’t stressed about backing up our photos or learning how to nail a roast chicken or teach our toddler yoga until Covid-19.
We’ve taken it upon ourselves to try and break it up over time, you can follow along, take it or leave it, or comment and give us some more ideas!
It’s the first week of the official isolation period in Australia… and it’s really just getting started. We're not going to sugar coat this, we're feeling low. We're trying our best to adjust to a new way of living, even if we know it's just temporary. It's difficult. So we’re going to start with a few basics, and ideas to get you set up for longevity. We assure you, it will keep you busy enough for now.
Today’s read: This brilliant article from Harvard Business Review articulates very sensibly the feelings we’re all juggling at the moment, and it brought a lot of clarity to us. Highly recommend a read.
Get active, at home. We’ve all spent copious amounts of time being short term inspired by at home workouts that will change our lives. But now it’s time to find it and commit. You don’t have a choice.
Ideally you’ll be able to mix and match a couple, and of course find some cheap (if not free) options so it doesn’t add unnecessary stress to your life.
- Fluid Form at Home - Kirsten King (and her team) are goddesses, and Al’s recent obsession for reformer pilates now being a distant memory is a loss. BUT FFAH offers an at home membership, for only $49/month (including free equipment when you sign up), with a variety of programs and workouts, all limited time and limited space manageable. Steph is a recent convert too!
- Yoga with Marja Jacobsen - if you'd prefer to support a local yoga teacher (which we encourage you to do if you have the money), you can do yoga with the brilliant Marja for a $5 donation
- Yoga with Adrienne - You can find Adrienne on YouTube, along with no doubt the rest of the world right now, and she has an endless variety of Yoga practises, suitable for everybody. Not only is this a good strengthening activity, it’s excellent for your mind, and forces a little meditation in your routine. Extra perk: It’s free and you can access it at anytime.
Brainstorms and research. In order to find some direction in self development, you might need to nut out all your ideas and prioritise some options.
Our personal goals to-do lists are extensive and cluttered, particularly now with this idealistic view that isolation means achieving more things (#notwithababy). So organise your ideas on what you’d like to learn, upskill, practise - we encourage you to be as bold as possible. You’ve potentially got a lot of time. Select a few things that really light a fire in you, and just figure out what you’ll need in order to facilitate it.
What we’re doing first:
Al: getting back into some ukulele to start on some carefree, low stakes self development.
Steph: focussing on catching up on some business books for some professional development - this month's topic is leadership and management. MasterClass has a brilliant workshop with the inspiring Anna Wintour on creative leadership. Also reading The Vogue Factor by Kirstie Clements, which has a bunch of helpful management tips from a former Editor in Chief at Vogue (while also getting some juicy inside goss on the fashion industry).
Source: Meredith Gaston
Dear Diary: If you’re not already into keeping journals, now is quite possibly the best time… like life changingly so. It’s weird to acknowledge, but we are living a historical life event that you and the future generations will want to reflect upon and learn about. The reality of it seems mundane and boring (to say the least), but in the future it will be looked back upon in disbelief. Write it for your current or future children, your extended family or just your future self.
And if you’re trying to escape and don’t vibe with documenting the Covid life, take the time to journal some other memorable moments in your life; travel, childhood, your children’s lives, your life journeys. Some of the best future reading, guaranteed.
It helps to get yourself a notebook and pen you love. Check out some locally designed ethical notebooks at Notely.
Vlogs: Vlogging seems like something 15 year olds with a YouTube channel do. But if you have a phone, you can Vlog your way through Covid. Something that could be really interesting to view later, or give to your children when they are older.
Health & Wellbeing
Basics: It’s easy right now to succumb to vino, comfort food and baking for the first time. Weekends are proving to no longer exist, so designated treat days are every day right?
But it’s critical we don’t get too carried away and stray from good habits (that take 100x the amount of time to get back into when this is all over).
We’ve put together the below basic checklist, for your daily needs…but check out our blog summarising Immunity Nutrition for more details:
- Drink 1.5L water per day - depending on your body weight and amount of exercise you are doing, you may need to drink more.
- Immune boosting Micronutrients*: Vitamin A, D, C, Zinc, Selenium, Iodine
- Immune boosting supplement e.g. Ethical Nutrients Immune Defence
- Add ferments to your shopping list e.g. Kombucha, Sauerkraut, Kimchi, Kefir, Miso, Pickles, Apple Cider Vinegar (with the mother) and consume on the reg
- Immune boosting (& anti-oxidant) superfoods e.g. Brazil Nuts, Cacao, Ginger, Mushrooms, Sunflower seeds
- Remotiv by Flordis - this helps support healthy mood and helps to combat mild feelings of stress and anxiety when taken consistently.
- Magnesium - feeling stressed, can't sleep but feel mentally fatigued? Magnesium can really boost your energy, help improve your quality of sleep, reduce muscle aches, maintain a healthy stress response. You can get it in powder form. We use Ethical Nutrients.
- As always, try to stick to a balanced diet. Lots of fresh fruit and veggies. Minimal sugar and fried foods (we know it's hard but you'll thank us later!)
- Booze: try to have at LEAST 2-3 booze free days per week. It can help to set up a routine and have boundaries in place for alcohol free days.
Family & Relationships
Zoom = Hype word of 2020: If you haven’t already, start getting familiar with Zoom. Get an account and find out who also has access. It's free. This is the new method of a social life, and family catch ups. Reach out to your friends and family and find out what kind of ‘hangout’ you’re all up for. You could get creative! Some ideas:
- Watch a movie, or re-binge a TV show together virtually
- Simulate a meal out
- Start a book club
- Share a Friday night glass of wine
Of course, there are other options out there including Whatsapp, Skype or Facetime - but we can confirm Zoom works a treat!
Whatever and wherever it is, chat to your people and start scheduling time together. Now. Remember, the benefit to this new way of life is there isn’t a great deal of logistics involved - baby bedtime, housework, who’s minding the children etc.. silver lining?
A slice of normalcy
A category we should never have to revisit after all of this again, but is critical now. We want to try and find ways to feel normal and least isolated as possible. If that’s possible?
Restaurant a la you. Create a dinner (or breakfast / long lunch) out, at home. Cook a meal (or utilise the many restaurants now offering fancy AF takeaway - remember to order direct with the restaurant to support them fully rather than through 3rd party apps), and make it special. Set the table, turn the TV off, cook multiple courses or make it tapas style, make it a cuisine theme, try things you’ve never cooked before so it feels less like home cooking. Do what you can to change the energy of your home to feel like you’ve left, even to an imaginary restaurant.
You might even discover you’re a chef after all (applications for MKR may really escalate once this is over!)
A parting thought on honouring the temporary, courtesy of Julia Baird in her latest release, Phosphorescence.
“If we accept flowering is by its nature a fleeting occurrence, then we are more likely to recognise each bud as a victory, each blossom as a triumph. And if we accept impermanence, we are far more likely to live in the present, to relish to beauty in front of us, and almost the infinite possibilities contained in every hour, or a single breath.”
Remember, follow us on socials, and get in touch if you’ve got more ideas or tag us in your posts of #CovidProductivity
*Micronutrients are vitamins, minerals and trace minerals, and they provide the body with nitritive substances which provide the cells with the nourishment they require. They work cohesively with macronutrients (protein, carbohydrate & fat) and both require one another to utilise effectively. Micronutrients are essential for the healthy functioning of all body systems, and are essential for keeping us alive and maintaining quality of life.
Cover image source: Rachel Castle
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