My Quarantine Routine

Truthfully, I don’t know how best to proceed with this blog. All I know is how vital it is to my sanity during a time when I’ve lost the majority of my work. Writing and creating in whatever way I can has always been so important for my mental health. I’m actually finding that confinement and restriction can do wonders for creativity, in general. Let’s just say, I’m clinging to some semblance of normality by maintaining my regular routine.

I’ve heard many bloggers and content creators mention how they don’t want to encourage consumerism during these challenging times and I’d like to echo that sentiment. I know many of us have lost our jobs with many companies folding at a moment’s notice. Who knows what the future holds when things change so dramatically each day? While I don’t want to gloss over this fact, I personally find it refreshing to lean into my interests during difficult times (as superficial and unnecessary as they may seem…) Last weekend, I watched the entire season of Next In Fashion and honestly nothing’s made me happier.

In sharing my quarantine routine, I urge you to look to what you already have at home, products that you haven’t touched, ingredients you don’t normally use, and books you’ve yet to read rather than feeling like you need purchase something new. Well, we can’t really buy anything non-essential in New Zealand at this stage anyway… Believe me, I tried to order sweatpants because I left mine in Canada.

Like everyone else, I’ve been listening to my fair share of podcasts and regularly watching YouTube videos. I absolutely love hearing about the daily routines of different individuals. So, without further ado, this is my daily quarantine routine.

Please note: I’m not in full quarantine, but rather self-isolation/lockdown as is the case for all non-essential workers in New Zealand.

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7:00am Wake up, drink some water and read for 25 minutes (I’ve just finished reading The New Animals by Pip Adam and am on a bit of New Zealand literature binge…)

7:30am Get dressed for my run. On alternate days, I do an at-home workout instead (usually HIIT but sometimes pilates).

8:15am Yoga or stretching followed by coffee, morning skincare and a shower (I’ve just started using Monday Haircare since running out of my regular shampoo and conditioner and being influenced by everyone on Instagram). For skincare, I still have my Synergie cleanser, exfoliant and daytime moisturiser, but might soon run out. For serum, I’ve been using the Lancôme Advanced Génifique, which was a PR gift two days prior to lockdown. 

8:30-10:30am Writing time. I had previously been reserving my mornings for emails, scheduling in social media posts, writing articles and strategy calls with clients, but a lot of that is no longer part of my workload. Don’t worry, I’m finding things to do (like writing this blog post!)

10:30-11:00am I’ve been eating breakfast quite late during lockdown, I usually make a green smoothie consisting of the following ingredients: two handfuls of spinach, one banana, Everything Butter by Fix & Fogg (it’s a game-changer), frozen blueberries and celery if I’m feeling it. Otherwise, I’ll fry up an egg, spinach and have that with avocado and kimchi on toast.

11:00am-1:30pm More writing, whether it’s a blog post or a client report. Again, I’m assuming I’ll be spending a lot more time writing lists and short stories, reading the news, watching vlogs, and maybe even starting a gratitude journal (probably not though…)

1:30-2:30pm I might have a snack or if I’m still full from my late breakfast, I’ll go for a walk around the block instead (granted I worked out at home that morning. Gotta ration those outdoor excursions, am I right?)

3:00pm The afternoon slump hits and I usually curl up in bed for some more reading or even a nap. If I’m feeling adventurous, I might paint my nails or do a face mask.

4:00pm I might start thinking about dinner, walking back and forth from my desk to the fridge several times…

4:30pm If I decided to wear makeup that day (highly unlikely) I’ll remove it now. If I’m wearing jeans or a dress (also unlikely) I’ll change into sweats or pyjamas.

4:45pm After looking longingly at my phone, I’ll probably start to rustle up some ingredients for dinner. If it’s not my turn to cook (it’s usually not, I’m not the best cook) I’ll watch a YouTube video and drink some water. I’ve been drinking SO MUCH WATER these days. Anyone else?

5:00pm It’s the end of the work day, hurray! Dinner is fully underway and our bubble is getting excited for our evening television viewing.

6:30pm Dinner time! We’ve been loving roast veggies, Taco Tuesdays and slow cooked anything. I’m hoping to make Kraft Dinner for some nostalgic purposes this weekend. It’s super processed though, so I wouldn’t suggest having it unless you’re desperate.

7:15pm After enjoying dinner and asking each other about our days, it’s time for a drink. I’ve been trying to hold off drinking on week nights, but sometimes I crack and open a bottle of rosé. I’m trying not to be too hard on myself. This week we’ve been watching Castle Rock on Lightbox (it’s also on Hulu), it’s scary and makes me feel better about my situation.

9:30pm Evening skincare routine time: double cleanse, (Synergie, again!) hydrating toner, (Dermaviduals) serum (I have a few drops left of my Synergie Acceler-A night time serum and it’s heavenly!) and sometimes even a mask (I was sent a few hydrating Syrène masks to try, loving them) followed by my evening moisturiser (Drunk Elephant). If I’m not too exhausted from my busy day, I’ll do some bedtime reading before lights out.

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed seeing what I’ve been up to this past week. Leave your quarantine routine in the comments below or tag me on Instagram using the hashtag #quarantineroutine. Love you lots and take care!

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Lead image by Nancy Zhou.


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