Adapting a New Normal



We're living in uncertain times these days due to the pandemic. In the Philippines, particularly in Luzon, where I am, we've been put under enhanced community quarantine where people are only allowed to go out at certain window hours and only to buy essential things like food and medicine. We're now on the 25th day of being in quarantine. My daily life certainly has changed drastically. I went from almost always rushing to get somewhere, swamped with work and planning the next travel with friends/family to just being home all the time. It's hard honestly but one has to cope. One way I'm doing that is by learning to establish a new daily routine.

Let me tell you about my new normal.

Weekdays still mean prepping for work - only I don't have to commute to the office.

1. Alarm still set at 7 in the morning

And actually get out of bed at 8!😅

2. Prep for the day 

To set my mind to the idea that I'm still working, even from home, I make sure to still do my usual morning routine as though I'm going to the office: breakfast, coffee, bath and skincare

3. Gather my laptop and all other work stuff and set up at my temporary home office 

This is really just our dining table which we hardly use. I have a study table in my room but it's too hot to work there.

4. Go for a little walk and feel the sunshine in our garden

It's not much of a garden - just a couple of trees and plants - but I get my Vitamin D from the sun from there.

5. Squeeze in a few minutes of exercise after work

Thankfully, the Internet has a lot of fitness routines I can follow. Fitness First regularly sends workout tips via email and so does Ride Revolution. There are also Facebook live classes. Yoga Plus for instance offers free yoga classes daily at 4PM.

5. Light Dinner

After freshening up, I eat a light dinner. I usually eat oatmeal or a banana plus water. But at times I order salad from Juju Eats.  

6. Movie Night

I like to unwind with a movie or two these days before bedtime. I alternate between Netflix and HBO Go. Here are some movies I recently watched.


I reserve the weekends mostly for reading and video chatting with friends. Although I do squeeze in some cleaning or laundry as well.


It's not to say I no longer feel anxious about Covid-19 but having a routine helps to calm my mind. As for keeping cabin fever at bay, I do these things.


4 comments

Graham Crosby said...

Thanks for an enjoyable read. I think we've all just been doing whatever we can to get by. I always imagined I'd just watch film after film in this scenario, but the reality has been that I can't sit still!

Liz said...

I have days when I have trouble picking out a movie or series to watch. Too many options!

Unknown said...

Thanks for the post! I really find that having a routine helps a lot in these strange times!

Liz said...

Yes, I think having a routine helps create stability for one's life in this uncertain period.