Like many of you around the world, we've been practicing social distancing and #stopthespread by staying indoors and operating our work and social lives from our apartments. It's been a difficult (although very necessary) adjustment, to put it mildly. With kids out of school, gyms and restaurants closed, couch offices, and the constant pings of our News updates, everything can feel a bit overwhelming. Which is why it's been so important for each of us to follow a set schedule.
We've found that by keeping some loose framework of what our usual daily activities were pre-coronavirus, it helps bring some much-needed structure into our days. Here's what we're doing to keep productive, positive, and peaceful(-ish).
Wake up at your normal time each morning and make yourself a healthy breakfast. Showering more frequently is a great idea but it can be extra drying on the skin, so be sure to apply a healthy dose of lotion—we're currently loving Nature of Things Nourishing Body Creme for its delicious floral aroma and lush texture.
Put on something other than sweatpants. Seriously. It makes you feel way better to put actual clothes on than be a fleece-covered blob all day. Yoga pants don't count.
Write up your daily to-do list—we like using notebooks because it's infinitely more satisfying to cross things out as the day goes by.
Answer emails and spend the rest of the morning being work productive.
If you're having any video meetings, take the time to look presentable in the same way you would for an in-person meeting. We might not be doing our full makeup routines, but you can damn well bet there is a red lipstick on standby for important calls.
Take a mid-afternoon break and—if you're safely able to—get outside for a walk or bike ride or some type of outdoor exercise. Don't lose yourself in the inevitable social-media boredom hole. It will not end well.
Wrap up your day at the same time as you would if you were in an office. Just because your desk is technically in your home doesn't mean you need to be on call 24/7. Set some boundaries.
Prep and cook a healthy dinner, or (again, only if you are able) support your local small businesses by getting take-out or delivery from your fave neighborhood restaurant.
Call or text friends and family to see how their days went. We're big on happy hour—pouring a glass of wine and group video chatting with our besties.
Indulge in a little self-care while you watch your favorite shows. Apply a generous layer of your fave moisturizer, then grab the Shen Sculpt & Lift Facial Tool and glide it upwards and outwards on your face and neck in repetitive motions. It will help boost circulation, plump and smooth skin, increase product absorption, and de-stress facial muscles.
Before you head to bed, put on another layer of body moisturizer to keep skin hydrated while you snooze. At night, we're big fans of Olverum The Dry Body Oil. It's made with 30 essential botanical and cold-pressed oils to deeply nourish the skin and absorbs instantly, so it won't make you (or your sheets) all greasy.
Climb under the covers, set your alarm, wake up, and repeat.
Stay healthy friends!