Staying Centered while Locked Down

When I heard that Spain would be going on full lockdown, I thought that I would have all the time in the world to work, cook, pick up a new hobby, work out, learn a new language, AND relax. 

SPOILER ALERT: I don’t.

Funnily enough, being locked in the house keeps me busier than when I had the freedom to leave whenever I wanted. I have been working like crazy and I definitely haven’t gotten around to finishing that book that I’ve been trying to read for the past two months. I find myself becoming self-critical and thinking that I am failing. But I don’t stay in that headspace. 

In today’s blog post, I give you three ways to stay centered when locked in your house. 

  1. Find work-life balance: If you’re fortunate enough to work from home during these weeks, it is easy to get “out of whack” with your work schedule. It is important to create a schedule and stick to it so that you can have work-life balance. I am the first to fall into the trap of working without a schedule and I find myself overworking by WAY too much. Don’t let this happen to you! Create a schedule, and don’t forget to add in breaks for lunch, breaks, workouts, etc. Honor yourself and prioritize self care. Try your best to not overwork and find a balance between work and personal time. You won’t regret it. 
  2. Listen to your body and mind: It is easy to lose track of time when you don’t leave the house. Your daily schedule stays the same and all of the days run into each other and sometimes we get tired.The other day I woke up and I wasn’t feeling well. I was tired and unmotivated. On top of that, I felt anxious because of all of the stuff that I knew that I had to do, but wasn’t doing.  My body (and mind) was begging me to take a break and focus on myself. I decided to take the day off of work and focus on self-care. I took a nap in the backyard, I gave myself a facial, I started a new book, I exercised, and I cooked a meal. This ONE day of rest helped me reset so that I could be more productive in the following days. Maybe your body speaks to you in a different way, but make sure to listen to it and honor it. If you don’t take care of yourself, no one else will. 
  3. Find ways to cherish these moments: It is not often that you are allowed to stay home 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Although it might not be the most pleasant situation for many of us, it is a privilege that we probably will not be able to have ever again. THINK. How can I cherish this time at home? Maybe you will pick up a side hustle, maybe you will start writing a book, or maybe you finally get the chance to rest and organize your thoughts. Whatever it may be, be intentional about this time and remember that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity, so cherish it!

That is all. I hope you all are doing well. Also, thank you for reading. If you have any other tips for staying sane during the quarantine, leave me a message on Instagram @spainincolor

2 thoughts on “Staying Centered while Locked Down

  1. Great ideas here and a very enjoyable read! I’d add take a shower every day and dress up for work. It doesn’t have to be formal, but definitely not pajamas. I at least will wear a pair of jeans and a t-shirt. Hygiene is important lol. But aside from that, you have to signal to yourself that you’re in an active mode, not a relaxed mode. So yeah, dress for work, stick to your work schedule (as you said) and then once the work day is over, do whatever you want with your time.

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