Even though quarantining, self-isolation, and sheltering at home have not largely altered my life, I’m not immune to the monotony of my new routines.
I mean, I’m a very comfortable introvert, but even I’m longing to just go to a movie with one of my buddies.
Or to pick up a smoothie.
Or to find some tasy goddamn dumplings.
Ugh. I’m craving dumplings.
Lately, I’ve found myself stagnating in a pool of ambivalence every time I wake up because my day will follow the same cookie-cutter schedule without any deviations.
I wake up, go to work, eat lunch, do some chores, go for a walk, watch a movie, play a game, go to sleep. Rinse, dry, repeat.
Anyway, as a continuation of my new “How To” series, I’ve decided to write up some tips about how to stave off this blanket of boredom and ennui I’ve been suffering from. If you feel the way I do, hopefully these steps help.
Sleep Till Your Belly Button Pops
I know this might seem counter-intuitive if you’re trying to make yourself more alert and ready for the day, but sleeping in is a must if you want to maintain a) your health and b) your energy level for the rest of the day.
Occasionally, there are times where sleeping in makes you feel more tired than before (which is weird, but it’s happened to me too), but overall, I’d say the benefits of only leaving your bed until you want to outweigh the negatives.
I mean, at least sleep will take up some time from the boredom, am I right?
Drink Your Daily Coffee
You don’t neccessarily have to imbibe caffeine every morning, but you should have a regular drink you sip to start your day, be it orange juice, tea, or milk.
I like to drink a cup of coffee in the morning, and by doing so, it’s one of the ways I let my body know it’s time to start the day.
Plus, yeah, caffeine helps.
Give Yourself a No-Work Lazy Day Once a Week
One of the reasons I’m being crippled by listlessness these days is that I work every day. I work from home, so this sheltering in place thing has seen my workload continue, if not triple. As such, I don’t have that rejuvenating break from work colloquially known as “the weekend.”
Something I’ve noticed that can help me out is if I finagle my work schedule so that for one entire day, I have no work. It’s just one day of me being able to do whatever the hell I want (while self-isolating). I can walk around the block one hundred times. I can go on a Star Wars movie spree. I can work on a puzzle while drinking supbar lemonade.
These breaks are bliss, and I should really schedule more of them for myself. Sadly, I’m a bit anal when it comes to working every day.
Play That Funky Music
I can’t understate the importance of listening to uplifting tunes in the morning. It’s one of the only things that keeps me sane.
Nothing gets you excited for the day like bopping along to some foot-tappers.
I highly recommend “Tragedy” by the Bee Gees, “Sunlight” by TheFatRat, or “Another Sunny Day” by Belle & Sebastian. (Those are just a minuscule fraction of the songs I listen to every day.)
Meme It Up in the Morning
I groggily reach for my phone every morning to see if anyone has texted me. The answer is usually no, but sometimes I have a few work emails waiting for me.
One thing you can do to brighten up your day is to browse through social media feeds looking not for how awesome and stellar everyone else’s lives are but for those sweet, sweet memes.
Starting your day with a guffaw is helpful.
Take a Shower
I think I shower once every other day.
On the days when I do shower, there is a noticeable increase in my evergy levels. Something about getting clean and dressing myself just kind of wires me up to be more prepared to tackle my day.
Force Yourself To Go Outside at Least Once
I’m not a naturally athletic person, so I can empathize with people who just stay indoors all day.
Still, going for a walk around the block, a run in the park, or, hell, even just standing outside on the front lawn, can be refreshing.
Make Your Own Holidays
I did this for a bit, and it was quite fun for a while.
I made up imaginary holidays, like Hat Day, Feet Day, Romper Day, etc. Went on for a good two weeks. I posted daily on my Instagram stories and even got some of my friends to follow along.
In the end, I got tired of having to be so active on my Instagram (oops), so I stopped doing it, but it was definitely a diverting manner in which to break up my typical routine.
Schedule Treats for Yourself
I have an agenda that I use to make sure I keep up with my work schedule. Every time I finish a task, I check it off on my agenda.
In order to liven up my days, I also include fun things on my agenda. For example, for today, I wrote “Movie Night with Bubba,” because my friend and I are going to hop on Discord and watch a movie together while social distancing.
Even though it’s an inconsequential, fun activity, it feels so satisfying to check it off when I’ve done it.
Dunk Your Head in Water
You might think this is something that only works in movies and TV shows, but it works.
This is the ultimate wake-up call, and I never feel so alert as after I’ve randomly soaked my head in water.