Need some inspiration on what to do to keep up the motivation whilst at home? Whether you are living on your own, with family or flatmates, here are some tips on how to keep the enthusiasm going during this strange time in our lives.
- Set up a routine. It is tempting to watch movies or binge-watch a series for days on end, but creating a routine is a good idea to give your day structure. This could be setting your alarm at the same time each day, taking a lunchtime walk or ensuring you are sitting down ready to begin work at a certain time.
- Spring clean. This is a good opportunity to tidy your home, re-arrange the shelves and get those little tasks on your to-do list completed. Allow yourself to have some fun and enjoy the result. Clutter can create chaos but a tidy home can equal a tidy mind.
- Call your friends and family. Take advantage of Skype, FaceTime and other social media platforms to get in touch with the people you love. Make a cup of coffee, set your phone against a pile of books and pretend like you are all together in the same room.
- Enjoy some downtime. Our busy lives can be stressful, so take this time to enjoy some me-time. Light some candles, play your favourite music and try to unwind.
- Read. Do you have a bookshelf full of half-read or unread books? This is a great opportunity to sit down, relax and fully immerse yourself in a good book. Reading engages the brain more than watching movies so it is a win-win situation.
- Meditate. It is not for everyone, but if you stick to it for a week you may feel some benefits. Put on some calm music, or nature sounds, and focus on slow, deep breaths.
- Paint, dance, sing, play. Use this time at home as a chance to rediscover your favourite activities. Pick up some brushes and start painting, dig out those unused recipe books, watch dance tutorials and have fun.
- Set yourself a challenge. Want to learn a new skill? You don’t have to try and master a new language, but you could try and learn a new song to play or cook a new recipe. The possibilities are endless!
- Exercise. Regardless of your level of fitness there will be a workout tutorial out there for you. The RGU Sport team has launched their ‘Stay Safe. Stay Home. Stay Well.’ exercise classes that can be viewed on their YouTube channel.
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