My Quarantine Morning Routine
As an introvert and a homebody, my life hasn’t changed too drastically. I’ve just had to put more responsibility on myself to maintain structure.
6:30 a.m. Wake up.
I’ve found it helpful for my mental health to continue to get out of bed at the same time.
Then I’ll brush my teeth, wash my face, and all of that fun stuff.
7:00 a.m. Hop on a Zoom call.
A Zoom call? At this hour? Well, yeah.
I haven’t addressed this on the blog before, but I suppose now is as good a time as any.
I’m a person in long-term recovery, which, to me, means I haven’t had a drink of alcohol or drug in a little over a year.
I won’t lie, social distancing has been rough for someone used to being in a room with 20+ like-minded people a day. Thankfully, people have organized Zoom versions.
There are tons of 12-step meeting resources online. Feel free to reach out to me if you want more information on that.
8:00 a.m. It’s time to begin caffeinating, before my body finishes processing what’s left from the previous afternoon.
I’ve been drinking one of these babies before I really get moving. It’s one of my guilty pleasures these days.
One of the things staying at home has done is increase my caffeine intake. It’s just so much harder for me to stay awake when I’m right beside my bed all day.
I’ll drink one of these while I roll out the yoga mat and look for a video to follow along.
8:15 a.m. Practice yoga
A few different online yoga platforms have been helpful while studios are closed. This week, I’ve been using a free trial of Alo Moves, and so far, I’m loving it!
Practicing yoga in the morning is meditative for me. I like to take time when I wake up to set an intention for my day. Especially during this time, yoga helps me stay grounded and offer gratitude for what I do have, when things can seem out of control.
9:00 a.m. Eat breakfast
My go-to recently has been vanilla greek yogurt, my favorite granola from Trader Joe’s, and frozen raspberries and blueberries. With my Chemex coffee, of course.
Am I the only one who finds a breakfast they like and then only eats that for the next few months? A year from now, I’ll probably never be able to look at a frozen blueberry again.
9:30 a.m. Take meds and supplements
A reminder in case you forgot to today: take your meds!
These apple cider vinegar gummies are the number one supplement on Amazon. Like many people, I’m a sucker for a good gummy vitamins, and these taste really good!
10 a.m. Start doing work
Whether it’s writing or homework, I try to start being productive. Online classes have definitely been an adjustment, and I almost feel like I have more work now. Or maybe it’s just that I’m just having to do more of it on my own.
That’s about it. Nothing too exciting. It’s what works for me to keep a little normalcy in my days. I try to incorporate a mix of grace and relaxation as well.
For example, I’ve been finding it incredibly difficult to write poetry since being cramped up. And that’s okay. It’s easy for me to get caught in a mindset that I need to constantly be productive with such a limited amount of other things to do, but that’s just not true.
Things are hard right now. I don’t need to be additionally hard on myself.
If you’d like to read about another area of my life in which I’m trying to be nicer to myself, here’s a post on that.