What Made My Life at Home a Little More Bearable During the Pandemic

Gearing up for a winter of WFH

Photo by Julian Hochgesang on Unsplash

I decluttered and sorted everything I own.

When I was working at the office every day, the status of my apartment didn’t really matter to me. I could simply decide to leave a mess behind every morning when I left for work, and deal with it sometime later. However, that’s no longer an option. Working when surrounded by clutter is extremely distracting for me, so I decided to set aside some time and declutter everything.

I bought a few plants.

After cleaning up and sorting everything in my living space to perfection, it was time to redecorate a little bit. Sure, a decluttered space helps my attention, but taking care of aesthetics is also important. Plants can be a relatively cheap way to decorate.

I started saving money on clothing.

This is especially useful if you have a limited budget for clothes and struggle to create a quality wardrobe. Up to this point, I often ended up buying low-quality clothing, because it’s what I could afford. The problem with this is that these garments usually last no more than one or two seasons before starting to fall apart, in addition to often being wildly uncomfortable, thanks to all the cheap synthetic materials. The end result is that the less money you have for clothing, paradoxically, the more you end up spending.

I spruced up my workout routine.

Before the pandemic, I used to go to the gym before or after work, like many. I’m still feeling uncomfortable about going back, even though most gyms where I live have reopened. However, I still want to stay in shape and stay healthy, so I turned to the Internet for inspiration. I follow a number of fitness influencers who often publish home workouts, so I can have some variety.

I started doing a bunch of vocal exercises.

This might be an unexpected one but bear with me. Like many people, I tend to hold back my voice and routinely strain it when speaking. A simple Google search for “it hurts when I talk” turns up almost 200 million results. Yet it can be hard to find the time to work on it. I was once told by a speech therapist that I needed to do a handful of ridiculous-sounding exercises once an hour, every day. At that time I was still working from my office. You can probably guess how that went for me.

I meditated when I felt like I needed it.

I’m sure you’ve been seeing this one all over the Internet, but it’s always good to reiterate — meditation is proven to help alleviate depression and anxiety, among other things, which we are especially prone to suffer from during these interesting times. And if you are spending a lot of time at home, it might be at least a little easier to carve out some time for meditating, a few minutes here and there.

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