My last blog post was about how to pull out of a quarantine rut. After I did that a couple days last week, I was seriously in such a good headspace. But low and behold, a few days later, I found myself, yet again, in a negative headspace. How can I keep this up for ANOTHER five weeks? “There’s just no way,” I find myself thinking. I started implementing this week, what I like to call, The Quarantine Cleanse. When I feel myself feeling down, I force myself to take a step back from it all, and when I lay in bed that night, I vow to complete a full day of my Quarantine Cleanse the next day to put myself in a positive headspace, and cleanse myself of all the negativity I’ve had.
Step 1: WAKE UP EARLY
Yes — I do realize this is in every blog post I write. So I’m starting to think it’s one of the fundamental secrets to my success. I know it’s quarantine, ladies — but on quarantine cleanse days, my ass is UP at 6:30 am. Come on, don’t be lazy. Let’s get up, and get shit done.
Step 2: SIXTY MINUTES OF MOVEMENT
I am 100% a thirty-minute work out kind of gal. I work out for thirty minutes (max) almost every single morning; 10 of which is often my stretch…which would really make it a twenty minute workout. HOWEVER, on Quarantine Cleanse days (don’t even try and tell me you don’t have the time), I move my body for a full sixty minutes. I normally do one of the combos below:
- 45 minute spin, 10 minutes abs, 5 minute stretch
- 30 minute spin, 20 minute circuit (arms + abs), 10 minute stretch
- Sarah’s Day Toning Power, abs & stretch
- Barre class streamed via any of the local studios
Step 3: GET YOUR DESK WORK DONE
I’m still working forty hours a week from home for the firm. I thought doing the work from home would be GREAT, but it’s actually super hard to even get motivated, because I’d rather watch Youtube videos, or 6 hours of Masterchef. So on Quarantine Cleanse days, I set up my computer bright and early, and the number one key to success on this is: DO THE HARDEST TASKS FIRST. I don’t consider myself a procrastinator, but I definitely do not JUMP into difficult tasks. Except on Quarantine Cleanse days. I log right onto work – and I do my hardest tasks first.
STEP 4: MAKE THAT MORNING SMOOTHIE
I fully intend on eating G O O D during my Quarantine Cleanse social hours (keep reading to find out wtf that is), so I try to eat a really healthy breakfast and lunch on Quarantine Cleanse days. I make a smoothie with some chocolate protein, almond milk, PB2, banana, ice and water. For lunch I’ve been having a grilled chicken salad, with diced apples, with chopped walnuts and almonds for crunch and topped with poppyseed dressing! YUM
STEP 5: AFTERNOON OUTSIDE
MUST get outside in the afternoon. Eat your lunch outside, take your dog outside, sit on your phone outside for all I care, just get outside for a while. Preferably thirty minutes if weather allows. If not – I’ll take what I can get! If it’s raining, feel free to take this time to grab a coffee from your local drive thru, or go pick up your starbucks tea. Just get outside around lunch time, ok!
STEP 5: FINISH YOUR TO DO LIST
This is just a necessity before we get into the good shit in the next three steps. Spend an hour on your daily to-do list. Do some laundry, wash those dishes, bake those cookies for your neighbor, update your outlines for finals, pay those bills, or just use an hour to get your shit in check.
STEP 6: PICK A PLACE TO CLEANSE
Pick a room, pick your fridge or your freezer, pick a closet, or even your snack cabinet. Pick SOMEWHERE, and it is time to purge, sis! Grab yourself a garbage bag, and clean and organize every square inch in that designated area. I’m not sure what it is about this that will make you feel like a whole new person — but it works every single time without fail.
STEP 7: HAPPY HOUR
And no — not the drinks. For one hour, do something that makes you happy, off of your phone. Go for a walk, play video games, binge an episode of Masterchef, read a chapter in your book. This hour of happiness is really just designated to look away from your phone, and take a well deserved relaxing afternoon hour away from all of that productivity and organizing.
STEP 8: SOCIAL HOUR
For at least an hour get social, and not on instagram. For sixty whole minutes, socialize. Whether that be a game of monopoly with the family, or a round of poker with your brother, organize a zoom happy hour (this one WITH alcohol) with your friends, call your mama, Facetime your dad, catch up with someone! This is the proper time to grab the chips and salsa, pick up your chipotle on the go, make yourself that espresso martini. Really give social hour your all.
And that’s it, sis! If I wake up and follow all of these steps, I’m telling you it’s the perfect balance of productivity, balance, relaxation & reward. I go to bed that night feeling accomplished, relaxed and grateful for where I am on that particular day — happy, healthy & at home.