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Five things you can do to keep on top of things during COVID-19

If you’re not working, or even if you’re working from home, it can be really hard to get out of bed some days. Start by giving yourself a reason to get up in the morning. Here are five things you can do to make sure your days fly by.

  1. Set daily goals. Set your alarm to the same time every day and go to bed when you usually do. Make a list of the things you need to achieve each day. If you write the list the night before, it will help you avoid procrastination the next morning. At the end of the day, check what you’ve achieved and put a big tick next to it. If there’s anything you didn’t get to, move it on to the next day’s list. Keep your list on the fridge, in a diary or somewhere where you will see it, and act on it, every day.

  2. Do exercise. You’ve heard it all before and you know it works. The hardest thing to do is get those joggers on (and a leotard if you must) and get some air into your lungs. Even a gentle walk for half an hour three times a week clears your head, circulates blood to your brain and boosts your immune system. You need to be fit now to maintain your mental health, deal with the winter flu season and, of course, to avoid a lengthy recovery if you are exposed to coronavirus.

  3. Be social. Whether it’s picking up the phone to catch up with a friend or ringing your grandma to check if she needs groceries, you need to be stay connected. Being alone is not the same as being lonely. If you need to reach out to someone other than a family member or friend, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or by text 0477 13 11 14 (6:00am -12:00am AEST) or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636 via chat online or online forum.

  4. Get off the technology. Not completely, just give yourself a break. Sitting at a computer all day, scrolling through your ipad or texting on your phone can result in long term physical damage. Get up and make a coffee, flip through a magazine or read a book. Did you know you can download an e-book  or e-magazine from your local library and you can join online for free?

  5. Get ready for the future. Seriously. This period of social isolation and restrictions will end soon, in the same way that your future will (re)start. Don’t waste this valuable time. Spend it on learning a new skill (even if it’s honing your cooking skills), keeping your resume up-to-date or taking a free short course, such as TAFE’s free online short courses during the coronavirus.

And don’t forget to leave some time in your day to have fun or just to relax. It will make you feel better about yourself and help you get a good night’s rest so you can do it all again tomorrow.

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