Its been a week since I was told from my employer to work at home, so the novelty has definitely worn off.
As I look at people in their little boxes on my iPad screen you can see that as the restrictions placed by the government increase, the need for make up and a hairbrush decrease.
So here are some lessons that I’ve learned over the last few days and some hints and tips to help you:
I am the QUEEN of excuses but now my days aren’t as full, and I’m saving the need of time and energy to travel, I have signed up to daily sessions with a local personal trainer. It costs £5 for a 30 min session starting at 7am or 7pm. I set my alarm so I’m ready for 7am then I’m set for the day. Remember all your local personal trainers will be out of work right now so try and see if there’s some in your area providing live online workouts. If not, try The Body Tailor on Facebook and Instagram, to join in with me and many others. Good news is only Liberty the trainer can see you no one else can.
Adidas and Nike have started producing sustainable activewear but to keep it local choose SOS Activewear.
Based in London, Bronte Simm wanted to create a brand dedicated to sustainability in every possible aspect. All pieces are created in London, meaning they can keep an eye on the working standards of the factory and ensure all workers are happy, fairly treated and fairly paid.
Fabrics used are planet-friendly, including regenerated nylon created from ocean plastic rescued from the sea, sustainably sourced bamboo and recycled organic cottons.
The collection is small but lovely, and includes sports bras, leggings, t-shirts, sweaters and gym bags – all of premium quality and super stylish.
Showers & Baths
Wash, wash, wash your hands. But you cant beat the feeling of a fresh shower in the morning to start the day. Its all part of coming up with a routine to structure your day, so you’re not feeling lost and unaccomplished.
Make an eco switch to solid shampoo, conditioner and soap bars. You will be drastically reducing plastic and they are free from nasty chemicals in most leading brands. Find out more about a plastic free bathroom here
Journals and to-do lists
I always use a journal, but I have found this invaluable for dealing with everyone in the house. After my workout and shower I have a cup of coffee with the to-do lists in front of me. I write my children’s schedule for home school with plenty of breaks for drinks, snacks and outside fresh air, so I don’t have them asking me every few minutes “what shall I do now?” its written down and the work is done. Try to assign times for each task so you know exactly WHAT to do but also WHEN.
Especially if you find yourself sat in front of a screen and/or sat in the same position most of the day. The HSE suggest that short, frequent breaks are better than less frequent longer breaks, so a 5-10 minute break after 50-60 minutes is better than a 20 minute break every 3 hours. Which is coincidently how long it takes to put the kettle on and throw the dog a tennis ball a few times.
Even your favourite pair of PJ’s get boring after a while, or at least need to go in the laundry.
Green your laundry routine with Simple Living Eco laundry strips.
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Unlike many other “green” options in the market, this sustainable laundry detergent solution contains absolutely no plastic waste. Plus, the package is 100% recyclable. Also, the completely natural formulation makes our detergent sheets completely biodegradable and truly a much kinder and safer option for the environment, your skin and your clothes.
Simple Living Eco brings you a simple and effective, safer and cleaner detergent sheet designed with sensitive skin in mind.
Our plastic-free laundry detergent is easy to carry and use so you don’t have to worry about the sticky, gooey, and hard residue left over in your measuring cup from liquid detergents or pods. Laundry paper sheets dissolve easily and contain strong cleaning power that is completely green.
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Water and Healthy Snacks
Day one of working from home was powered by a lot of coffee, but led to unbearable headaches. I’m no good at drinking water anyway but the tap is right there. Why not invest in an eco-friendly water bottle rather than plastic bottles that destroy our oceans.
The most important thing is to stay safe during these crazy times.
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are…
Love, Light and Green Vibes,