Hi, how are you? It’s been a wild past couple of weeks, hasn’t it?! I know it’s been difficult for a lot of us to adjust to being home AND having everyone else home, too, and in your space. We’ve instilled some changes in our home during this time and since we’ve implemented them, things have been going a lot better.
I wanted to share with you my 7 tips for adapting to changes in your schedule!
#1 Don’t Be Lazy
I know, you’re thinking ‘what do I have to get up for in the morning? What do I have to do?’ Well, you NEED to get up and you need to get up ON TIME. And the reason is, because your body likes to keep a schedule. When your schedule changes, your body is in a perpetual Saturday morning schedule, which is doesn’t like. The body loves a schedule. It likes to know when sleep is coming, when wake is coming, etc. You letting yourself drift just makes a mess for it.
#2 Decide what your schedule is, write it down and stick to it!
Up by 5 AM, exercise at 6 AM, shower by X and so on. It may seem remedial, but sometimes we need to do these things because we are struggling so badly. You know how the kids are when they go back to school? How they have a hard time getting up & such? Why don’t you set yourself to succeed? We all know this is going to end – it won’t be the way the rest of our life goes. Set yourself up to succeed and make sure to do it.
#3 Plan decided time apart
I’m sure you love all of your family, but you need to set time apart. If you have little ones, you might say to your partner, I will be in charge from 11-1, can you take 1-3? If it’s just you and your partner, you make time apart from each other. You tell your partner I cannot be bothered from 2-3 or whatever works. We’re all living on top of each other right now, so it is important to have time to apart to regroup.
#4 Make sure you exercise
It takes a body about 3 days to lose the gains you that you’ve made with exercise. You know all that time you had at the gym? Yeah, it’s gone. Get outside; the fresh air will do you wonders. Walk around the block if you’re not used to an exercise routine. I can’t tell you how important it is to plan this in your schedule. If you don’t, you’ll have regrets and your health will suffer.
#5 Plan project time
Tonight I am going to build a model car, tonight I’m going to sit down and paint a picture, tonight I’m going to build a puzzle and so on. Plan project time!
#6 Remember just because you’re home does not mean you should be eating constantly – Keep your mealtimes
When we’re dealing with schedule changes our body sometimes needs a little more fuel because we’re doing brainwork. Or if you have younger kids at home and they’re having a snack, you think you need a snack. Would you have eaten that snack at work? If the answer is no, then put it down and walk away.
#7 Fuel for your new energy
Sometimes you will need to eat a little bit more at each meal, but make sure it’s things like protein and vegetables. And just because you’re home and the coffee is free doesn’t mean you need that extra cup of coffee. That may affect your sleeping at night and that starts the whole vicious cycle all over again.
I know women have questions about their health. I hear them daily as many women are speaking up and I know there are many more potentially suffering in silence. That’s why I created my private FB group, This is NOT Your Mother’s Menopause. Bring YOUR questions and join me every Monday night at 7 PM CST in my group. Let’s have a real conversation with real answers!
You must be a member of my group to attend – Join the group here.
Hoping & praying for all of you that this ends soon and we can all go back to a new schedule, which may not be the same. And guess what .. we’ll adapt❤️!
Have a wonderful week!