Getting through these COVID times

Well, this is all very surreal and horrible and strange. This is the first episode we've recording during the height of the corona virus pandemic.

 

We hope you're all doing okay, and that it's also okay to not be okay.

 

Today we chat about strategies for coping during isolation and lockdown, and some advice on decluttering during it IF you want to (no pressure!).

Show notes:

Home-schooling (supervising schooling) or working from home:

  • Keep your same routine during the week

  • Supplement school-work or work-work with fun activities to keep spirits high

  • Change locations for breaks - go outside to get fresh air, move your body in any way that feels good for you 

  • At home PE classes: Joe Wicks - Body Coach on You Tube

  • Consider creating a separate zone for working and living if your home permits

  • If doing lots of work on screens find leisure activities which aren't on a screen

  • Boost pocket money with additional optional chores or teach kids life lessons (cooking/ cleaning/ looking after pets etc)

  • Praise your kids. Listen to their concerns. Reassure them.

Lower your expectations: Blog Post - Tara Tuttle 

Pomodoro technique

 

Keep sane & bring some joy:

  • Learn a new skill - language, playing guitar, piano, watercolour painting, hip hop, singing etc 

  • Plan for date nights and celebrate occasions by changing up the routine

  • Mark the weekend by doing things differently: sleep in, watch a movie, make pancakes, organise a group video chat with family and friends 

  • Do things around the house that you’ve been meaning to do but have been putting off

  • Look out for others - call people, send letters or gifts

  • Rediscover old music or movies that you haven't watched in a long time 

If you're planning some decluttering:

  • Start with the area that will give you the biggest rate of return.

  • Don’t go too big though- small is preferable.

  • Set some goals - what do you want it to look, feel and function like?

  • Create an unwanted zone. Find a place in your home to put everything (out of sight and reach preferably) so that you know what you’ve made decisions on and when life becomes more normal, you can have them leave the house for good.

  • Is your goal to have a home for everything? Write or draw a plan for your room- what needs to live in it, and what storage do you have? Use those boundaries to then declutter the excess.

  • Write down any storage items you might need to buy when you can go shopping again 

 

Decision making

 

Thinking about “after”

  • What habits do you need to now establish to keep your areas clutter free? Look at:

    • Shopping habits

    • Attachments you have

    • Other acquisition habits

    • The habit of cramming your schedule - now that you’ve experienced a “free” schedule, will that change how you fill your time in the future?

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