In these uncertain and unsettling times, it’s more important than ever to maintain a positive mind-set. This means something different to everyone, but to me it involves being with my family and loved ones, rediscovering my love of cooking, making time for self-care and praying and meditating in order to keep myself mentally and physically strong. It’s also about exploring new things – whether that’s reading something you wouldn’t usually try or learning a new language. Here are a few of the things that are helping me get through these days of self-isolation – I hope they can provide some ideas for your own journey.
Connect With Family
The one thing that never fails to make me smile is waking up to my daughter Stone. We’re having a lot of fun spending so much time together – dancing around the house, making costume changes (one day she’s a butterfly, the next day a fairy), reading her favorite books, playing musical instruments together – it makes us laugh just to see her face light up. We also take family walks together, with our dogs Kingston and Sweetpea. Being with my family makes everything perfect.
Photos: @chefarabella (photo two)
Rediscover the Joy of Cooking
It’s been great to have more time to cook and bake for my family – I love to try new recipes while still eating healthy. That is really important to me. For example, I try to make a lot of salads, grilled white fish, and baked vegetables. I’ve been making veggie tacos too – my dear friend Kim Kardashian posted a great plant based taco receipe on Poosh that her chef makes and it was amazing; especially since my husband is vegetarian. He loves them! I’ve also been enjoying fresh mozzarella with sliced tomatoes and fresh greens, to which I’ll add olive oil, lemon and Himalayan salt. If I need a quick pick-me-up, I’ll have a cup of Lakanto Matcha Latte, my favorite probiotic tea, which can be consumed hot or cold.
How To Keep It Together
In order to stay on task, I feel that it is essential to create a schedule of what my plans are for the day, as if it was just any other normal day. I believe in getting dressed to keep it comfy chic. I wear looks that are effortless and work with being home all day, but still have a fresh style. There is no excuse for letting yourself go during this period of self-quarantine. The key to keeping yourself sane and happy is looking and feeling amazing, regardless of what’s going on outside. I am also thinking of new ways to organize my closets, as well as rearrange my daughter Stone’s playroom. More mundane but still important tasks include organizing the kitchen pantry and my garage. Remember to organize by color coordinating everything – it makes it so much easier to find things.
I don’t personally suffer from anxiety but due to the circumstances today, I realize that a lot of our lives feel out of our control. The world is currently in a place where we have to accept what’s going on in the world and repair our own being; especially now that we have so much time on our hands. In fact, time is all we have, so focus on the things that surround you, which are your family and your friends. I stay connected through regular phone calls, Facetime, group texts and, of course, Zoom.
Find Ways to Switch Off
I think keeping the TV off during the day is my first priority. For the evenings, I’ve been finding television shows that have helped me tune out from the news and unwind. My favorite things to watch right now are Unorthodox, Queen Sono, Narcos Mexico and Self Made, all on Netflix. I also love listening to music – my current playlist includes classical music like Chopin, Beethoven, Placido Domingo, Pink Martini, Reggae (being that I am Jamaican), Dua Lipa, Donna Summer and Samba essentials. Also plenty of kid’s music, such as the Trolls soundtrack. When I want to do something more challenging, I use the language app Duolingo – it’s the easiest way to learn a new language like Spanish, which I’m trying to do at the moment.
Establish a Wellness Routine
Transcendental meditation has been a great help for me during this period. It’s a form of meditation that my husband and I practice for 20 minutes per day. I find it really helps to relax my mind and recharge my body. Alongside meditation I’ve turned my bathroom into my own spa, with all the essentials – coffee scrubs with coconut oil, eucalyptus spray to relax, hot cups of detox tea, spa music to set the mood. I’ve also created a space in my home that I use as a massage/meditation room with my Himalayan salt stone warmer, which is great to increase blood and nutrition flow. I’ve also been sticking to my beauty regime, doing a quick one first thing in the morning, before Stone wakes up, and then last thing before I go to bed, when I’ll use my derma roller. In terms of exercise I’ve been doing Pilates to stretch and calm my mind. Finally, I make sure to pray with my family every day. Most importantly, I always remember I can only live in the moment and not live in fear…