Written and photographed by Lindsay Kranitz, Organic Hudson Valley Publications Intern
As a student athlete at SUNY New Paltz, I am used to a very busy work week. Monday through Friday consists of quite a bit of practices, study halls, classes and extracurriculars. Thinking of staying home for an indefinite amount of time made me cringe, like I am sure everyone else in the world is feeling.
I was heading home for spring break, which took a huge turn when New York had officially started the stay-at-home order. I truthfully had no idea what was going to happen, all I did know was that I was not leaving my house unless there was a dire need to.
I knew if I were to just lay on the couch, eat chips, and watch movies for the entirety of my self-quarantine, I would not feel good. Therefore, I decided to create a routine for myself. I thrive off of routines because they are proven to make you more productive.
My new, positive quarantine routine starts with me going to bed and waking up at a reasonable hour, normal to when I would on a regular non-quarantine week day. Getting eight hours of sleep helps with strong immunity, which is something we are all seeking for right now.
In the morning I like to wake up with the sunlight and I do this by opening my shades. Sunlight helps boost your vitamin D production, immunity and it always puts me in a happier mood.
Something new that I am trying is meditation. Meditation helps reduce stress, pain, anxiety and gives us the power to focus or concentrate better. After enjoying the sunlight I am taking the time to meditate each morning. I find that a ten minute meditation, focusing on my breathing and clearing my thoughts, is helping me be more clear-headed and relaxed throughout the day.
Next I workout. This has always been a daily activity for me. I am very grateful I live by the beach, because the views that I encounter during my long runs are extraordinary. The waves crashing onto the sand and the seagulls flying above, it’s so peaceful and it motivates me. If it is raining, I look up a few videos on YouTube and do an at home workout in my living room. They usually consist of a High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workout. Moving my body relieves stress and boosts my endorphins for the day.
Because of this goal, I have been experimenting with recipes and other combinations of foods. Roasting chickpeas to eat as a snack and adding them to the top of salads is delicious.
One of the recipes that I made was black bean brownies, which was pretty good. I used my photography skills and created an Instagram story for OHV with this recipe. Check it out at @OHVmagazine!
This quarantine time has given me opportunities to learn new crafts like crocheting and embroidery. I find that setting aside time in my day to be creative relieves some lingering anxiety. As the days start to blend into each other, I try to make my days a little more unique than the day before. I try to live slower, happier and find gratefulness in the little things. By practicing these things they are preventing me from getting off track.
The thought of staying at home for a long period of time used to swallow me in stress. Now, I am taking time for myself to become a stronger and healthier person inside and out. There are obviously days that are worse than others. But, as long as I stay on a positive routine, I know that I can get back on track easily. Hopefully, this can help others feel the same way. █