Redefining “productivity” is critical for balancing one’s mental well-being during quarantine. Some people are jobless, away from school, or perhaps overwhelmed in a new work setting that is a combination of everything. Having a morning ritual is a helpful way to set a positive mindset for the day. It could be as simple as a single ritualistic act that takes place at the start or end of the day, or even throughout. This act in itself is a form of meditation and is a step toward becoming more intentional.
An easy start would be journaling or “thankful jotting.” Here, you could write down everything you feel grateful for at the very moment you pick up the pen. Forming a habit of sustained gratitude enables one to recognise the simple things that bring you happiness. Or you could explore self-spiritualism, for example, lighting palo santo or sage and gently waving the smoke around while speaking light-hearted, therapeutic affirmations or personal, dedicated spells. Engraining rituals of care into your daily routine allows room for excitement and variation. This time doesn’t necessarily have to be exercise or leisure-oriented but a time dedicated to you.