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This pandemic has been difficult in multiple ways, many being physical health-related. However, as a result of social distancing, quarantining, and maintaining more distance from family, friends, and the rest of the world- mental health has been affected as well. One major way we can take a first step at helping you maintain your composure while pregnant and in quarantine is by keeping a schedule.
We have pulled together a list of important activities you can plan and execute during the day to give yourself a semblance of normality:
- Breakfast with family
When having multiple family members working from home and attending school from home it is even more important to prioritize mealtime as family time. All too easily, breakfast, lunch, and dinner can become a free-for-all ending with you endlessly cooking and cleaning without ever being able to sit and enjoy your family.
- Yoga or Meditation
It is so important to recognize that even if you have not been impacted in a physical or tangible way by the pandemic, the global situation is still stress-inducing. It is imperative for you and the baby to keep grounded and keep calm. Meditating or doing yoga for 30 minutes after you wake up can do wonders for your mood as well!
- Get Dressed
Changing out of your pajamas is one of the most important activities you can do all day. Even if you have night pajamas and day pajamas, the act of changing and putting on new clothes signifies productivity and motivation which carries throughout the day.
Video chatting, calling, texting, or even letter writing is such an important aspect of your mental health. Feeling isolated and lonely during this time is very easy, make sure you keep connected and if you are feeling more alone than usual, reach out to a loved one or family member.
- Work at a workspace
If you are working from home it is very important for you to dedicate a space in the house as your workspace. Having a predetermined ‘home office’ or even part of the table will do wonders for your focus and ultimately concentration. When not working, try your best not to sit in that seat or go to that part of the room. That will ensure you feel as though you have properly taken a break from work.
- Take a break for lunch
Breaking up your day is important for keeping a semblance of normality. Eating lunch or taking a break for a midday tea is important for your mental sanity-especially when working on a baby around the clock!
- Make an effort to be social
While we may not see our friends on a daily basis anymore, we can still keep in touch! Video chatting, calling, texting, or even letter writing is such an important aspect of your mental health. Feeling isolated and lonely during this time is very easy so make sure you keep connected and if you are feeling more alone than usual, reach out to a loved one or family member.
- Get fresh air
Making sure you are getting fresh air can be difficult regularly, and it is doubly difficult these days. Make an effort to keep the window open (if it’s not too hot) or take a walk with the proper protective gear around the block. Getting out will relax the mind, and even ten minutes outside relaxes the body as well!
- Try your best to incorporate veggies
It is only natural for us to turn to comfort food during this tumultuous and stressful time. However, it is imperative for you to eat healthily and keep sodium and cholesterol low for both your health and your baby’s health. Try incorporating one or two veggies per meal and keep adding from there!
- Dedicate an hour before bed to date time
If you are living with your significant other, you know how hard it can be to quarantine with anyone let alone a partner. That is why it is so important to dedicate 30 minutes to an hour right before bed for talking and connecting with your partner. It is important to remember, just living and being around someone does not guarantee connection. You need to make a daily effort. A no-phones policy during that time will be great for your relationship and for your sleep as well!
- Go to bed at a reasonable hour
Getting a good night’s sleep is very important for you and the baby. Even though you do not have to commute or even leave your home in the morning, going to bed very late has multiple negative effects on your health and even mood the next day. Going to bed and having a full 8 hours of sleep makes your day more enjoyable and your mood a whole lot brighter!