I am very privileged and fortunate enough to say that quarantine life is not as difficult for me as it is for others. Being half-unemployed, for the time being, and not being able to go out is definitely a bummer, but my introverted self is quite capable of keeping myself occupied while at home.
That being said, we are all struggling and coping in different ways. I’ve had my ups an downs. During my lowest moment, I was on-and-off crying for hours–my tears set off by anything and everything. But the best we can do is take it one day at a time.
I’m a very regimented person and having a daily routine, as loosely scheduled as it may be, allows me to feel normal.
1. Wake up
I usually wake up around 7:00 each morning–sometimes earlier, sometimes later. I don’t even bothering asking my Amazon Echo to wake me up each morning because my internal clock is pretty much set. My pup Pansy, a chihuahua, who sleeps in my room with me is awake and ready to go out. She’s a great motivator for getting me out of bed, lest she relieves herself on my white rug again.
2. Morning Skincare
I am a big lover of skincare and I look forward to prepping and pampering my skin both in the AM and PM. I plan on writing up a post detailing my skincare routine with the products I’m currently using.
3. Hair & Makeup
Why would you do either of those things if you can’t go out? We already have to sacrifice so much, why sacrifice those special and personal rituals which allow us to feel normal? I’m also a big lover of makeup and have been a little late to work, at times, because I took a longer than I should have to do my makeup…luckily, I basically live across the street from the library where I work! And now we’re in quarantine, so tardiness isn’t as concerning. I’ve modified my makeup routine, though, just to make it simpler while still feeling like I’m ready to take on the day.
4. Facetime my best friends (Mondays – Fridays)
During the work week, I facetime with my co-worker and her sister starting around 9:00 a.m. Sometimes, our facetimes go on until the afternoon! Sometimes, our sessions are paused because of meetings, showering, lunch etc. But then we will often call each other back. We don’t always talk either–sometimes we are literally sitting in silence while we do work on our respective ends. But it’s nice to feel like someone’s in the room with you, even if through the phone. If I wake up early enough, sometimes I get a little work done before our facetime sessions.
5. Work work work (but only half-time)
Due to the library’s COVID-related closure, we’ve been partially furloughed. I’m only authorized to work 35 hours each week, which is approximately 3.5 hours a day. My hours are dependent upon various things including social media posts I have to publish, virtual programs I have to run, and Zoom meetings I have to attend. For the most part, I try to get all the work I want to get done in the morning, so that I’m done for the day by 1:00 or 2:00 p.m. I earned my entire Master’s degree online, so I’m pretty accustomed to making my own schedule and sticking to it (but my co-workers will definitely tell you that I work way more than I should).
6. Lunch break
Regardless of how much work I get done in the AM, I always have lunch by noon or 1:00 p.m. We have a lot of chihuahuas aside from Pansy in our home, so all the pups let me know that it’s time for lunch because it’s also lunch/outside time for them.
7. Back to work or time to relax
Sometimes I still have a little bit of time left to get more work done after lunch. If I feel like I don’t need to get any more work done, I will relax with a book or puzzle. I currently have a makeshift puzzle table set up in our dining room.
8. Post-lunch walk
I’m not a health nut or fitness guru at all. But I do love going on walks, especially if I plan on staying cooped up in the house for most of the day. I’ve been loving my Apple Watch which reminds me to stand up throughout the day and keeps track of steps and calories burned. While walking, I am always listening to an audiobook–preferably the fun and/or trashy romance kind.
9. Relax, take a nap, or do chores.
As an introvert, keeping myself busy is not a problem. I have plenty of books to read (especially since I’m an avid Kindle user), video games to play, and YouTube videos to mindlessly watch. I also like to use this time to do any chores like sweep, mop, or do laundry. Now that I’m blogging again, this would be a great time to work on my blog.
10. Evening prep & dinner
Dinner by myself or with my family marks the beginning of winding down.
11. Shower & Skincare
PM skincare is just as important as AM skincare, if not more. I also plan on writing up a post dedicated to my evening skin care routine and favorite products. Does anyone else love a good face mask? I have so many and recently bought 2 from Lush which I am loving.
12. Read until I fall asleep
Sometimes I play video games or watch YouTube videos at night, but I really am trying to get away from the screens before bedtime to help me fall asleep easier. I love putting YouTube on in the background while cleaning around my room or completing my skincare, but sometimes I will opt out for an audiobook and then eventually lie down with my kindle or a print book.
Quarantine has made the days blend together for the most part, but the weekends still feel like weekends because I don’t have to worry about work. This routine isn’t completely rigid and sometimes I’m just going with the flow because, believe it or not, things suddenly come up, like catching up with a neighbor (from 6 feet away) while on my walk or watching a webinar I forgot I registered for.
Anyway, this is my currently normal and I’m kind of liking it. While I know we have to consider re-opening measures for work and the rest of the world, thinking about those things heighten my anxieties, especially because everything is so up in the air.
But hopefully, we all take it one day at a time and slowly, but surely, make the right decisions and take the best cautionary measures.
Let me know what your new normal looks like. I hope you’re all safe and healthy.