It’s been a while since I’ve done a lifestyle post. If you enjoy this, let me know and I will do them more often. 🙂
We are in the midst of a global pandemic that does not discriminate on who it infects. I am writing this after working 24 hours in the ED after an outbreak within my city of about 57,000 people. I am trying to find a sense of normalcy and establish as much of a routine as I can for the time being. With that, I will walk you through what has become a “normal” day for me!
Wake up, check my DMs, emails, and other notifications on my phone. If I remember, I do a guided meditation on the Headspace app, or read. Bae & I are reading House of God still and I’m very into it.
Skincare time – my new found routine. I first wash/cleanse, use toner, a vitamin C serum, and then a moisturizer with SPF. I believe this is essential to having the best skin I’ve had in my 20s (so far). 🙂 After this, I brush my teeth, change into something comfortable but less slob-like than pajamas. (I’ve found this practice greatly affects my productivity). I loosely make my bed and head downstairs.
Water before anything else. I’ve been making iced lattes daily (check my instagram highlights for how to make them yourself), and eat breakfast. Breakfast is usually light – either PB toast and banana, or avocado toast. After I’ve eaten, I use the time to figure out what I need to get done during the day.
10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Prior to the pandemic hitting, I worked as a graduate research assistant for my college as a master’s student. I opted to work 2 hours/day and set those hours as 10-12 in the mornings. Since the job I’m doing is tedious, I made sure to set the same exact timeslot to #WFH.
So what do I actually do? I am working with a public health nursing professor and a professor in the rural health department of the medical school on developing a study measuring attitudes toward domestic violence. I am currently doing grunt work collecting contact information for the facilities we are going to study. In order to do this, I grab (what’s left of) my coffee, and turn Grey’s Anatomy on while I enter contact information into a spreadsheet for 2 hours. It isn’t so bad at all.
Lunch time. I’ve been making a lot of stir fry lately – it’s very forgiving and allows you to add whatever veggies you have on hand. This way, I don’t feel the need to go to the store just to make a recipe that sounds good. I really don’t like to do other activities while I’m eating, so I take a good amount of time to cook, eat, and clean up.
After my mental break, I go to work on the academic stuff. This week, I have a reflection due for my counseling class and a wiki to complete after listening to our patients. We had a class meeting last night and did a course wrap up/reflection discussion. In counseling, I have a few journal entries left to reflect on, one more exam in biostatistics, and a few more micronutrients to learn! Then one more year of graduate school!!!!
In this time, I have done a combination of lightly exercising and relaxing. It is finally getting warmer here in ND and my dog is loving the daily walks. This day, I took my yoga mat outside and did a quick flow after our walk.
Dinner. I usually cook for my family during this time, but we have also been ordering out about once a week to support local businesses. In this time, I have also been baking. 🙂
I return to more schoolwork and do some reading or extra studying if I need to. If I have completed my planned schoolwork for the day, I take the time to do laundry, straighten out my bedroom or hang with my parents.
Bae usually calls me around this time and we chat and play either Monopoly, Battleship, or Clue on our phones. Each of them are $4 on the Apple app store and a really fun way to connect when you don’t live near each other while following social distancing orders. After we’re off the phone, I wash my face again with a makeup-removing cleanser, use a retinol, moisturize, and use eye cream. My face feels so fresh when I go to sleep.
I try to be asleep at this time, but that isn’t always the case given the circumstances. If I can’t sleep, I’m recently obsessed with Struggle Meals videos on Tastemade, or reading House of God.
Other things I did this week:
- Donated blood
- Ran to campus to grab a textbook from my office (the entire building was locked).
- Got a free car wash for healthcare workers 🙂
- Picked up the new lemonade Trulys – by the way: they’re slightly sweet but still 100 calories/can. I realized stevia is added to this pack!
- Baked vanilla cherry cupcakes
- Ate ChikFilA with my parents
- Sat outside during Zoom meetings
That being said, my days don’t deviate from the above too often with an in between blackboard collaborate class, or Biostats on Wednesday nights. I hope you’re able to check out some of my favorite products just because I love them and hope you will too (they’re not sponsored, btw). Stay safe out there, wash your hands, and don’t touch your face! We will get through this!