1. Build a routine for yourself
With life looking very different at the moment to what we are used to you may be feeling a bit lost. By building a new routine you give yourself a sense of purpose and something to look forward to. The book I've outlined below is great for starting a morning routine if you don't already have one.
My morning routine consists of: waking up, stretching for a few minutes and drinking a big glass of water. I then try and sit in silence for a few moments (this is a work in progress!). Reading a few pages of an inspirational and positive book, shower and get ready for the day as I do my affirmations and visualisations. I then work out for between 10-40 minutes depending on how much time my little people give me. Its then coffee and on with the day!
Everybody's routine will look different as our current stage's of life are unique and ever changing. What's important is that it puts you in a positive mindset and works for you.
2.Plan your day the night before
To make life easier I try and do as much as I can the night before so I'm not running around like a headless chicken the following morning! I put my clothes out so I can just grab them as I go for a shower the next day. Luckily I live with a group of boys so there's never a fight for the bathroom!
I look at what the boys need to do the next day for school and print out as much as I can so we're ready to go. I then make a list of everything that's in my head and write down what I would like to do the next day so I have a general plan.
3. Small Steps
Break down your to do list into small achievable tasks. I'm so guilty of trying to do too much and cramming my day full of stuff to do then feeling like a failure when I don't achieve everything on my list. Lara Casey has a great book (Make it Happen) on how to break down goals into small, achievable chunks.
Take 3 tasks and break each task into 3 steps. Each step should take less than 2 minutes to achieve and should be do able where you are with what you have. Some tasks may only take 3 steps to complete but some bigger tasks may need lots of little steps in order to tick them off. Start where you are, do what you can.
4. You're a human BEING not a human doing
Above all, and particularly at this time, make time for yourself and do what you love. What fills you with joy and makes you feel good.
5. Be kind to yourself
We're all doing the best we can at the moment and everyone's experience is going to be different. You're doing the best you can and that's ok. If you're feeling rubbish have a nap, take a bath, read a book, go for a walk.. whatever works for you.