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Home Isolation Tips From a Submarine Commander

Find your quiet place

Find your quiet place

When you’re trying to balance work and childcare, while also maintaining your relationship with your partner while in isolation, sleep is usually a low priority. But that's when being rested is important.
When everything feels overwhelming, hit pause, find a quiet place and sleep.

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Home Isolation Tips From a Submarine Commander

Home Isolation Tips From a Submarine Commander

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Check-in with people

If you think about the current situation too much, you might start freaking out from the pressure.
What makes this situation survivable is checking in with each other. Doing so can ease the stigma someone might feel for admitting that they’re having a hard time, and it creates cohesion.

Assume good intentions

  • Trust in the other and assume good intent. Even if they annoy you or do something you disagree with, know that they’re doing their best.
  • Pause, breathe and consider how the other is feeling. By doing this, you can alleviate any blowups.

Think, then act

In a stressful situation, when people often fall back on instinct, deliberate action is indispensable.
So think of your life in terms of a series of "think/do think/do, think/do". It’s the absence of the "think" in the "think/do" sequence that gets people in trouble.

Find your quiet place

When you’re trying to balance work and childcare, while also maintaining your relationship with your partner while in isolation, sleep is usually a low priority. But that's when being rested is important.
When everything feels overwhelming, hit pause, find a quiet place and sleep.

The 100-zero rule

Either give somebody 100% of your attention or zero.
If you’re half paying attention to your kid or your partner while doing something else, you are failing at paying attention to them and at whatever else you were trying to do.

The circle of control

Overthinking about all that could go wrong with the world because of the pandemic is not really helping you.
Focus on what you can control: washing hands, connecting, following rules to stay apart, not touching your face. Keep your mind busy with other positive activities: like reading or learning something new.

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Get Creative With Your Schedule

If you have another adult home with you, consider a split schedule: At the beginning of each day, decide who will be the 'on point' parent. That person will work at the dining room table, feed the kids and suggest activities, while the other parent works in a different room.

One parent can also work before the children are awake, then you can stagger work times during the day, and the other parent can work when the children are in bed.

Be Up Front With Your Boss

Before you make adjustments to your work schedule in order to watch your children, talk to your boss or HR.

Let them know that your transition to home also means being responsible for your children. Create a schedule that you can share with your boss and assure them of your commitment to maintaining the level of excellence they expect.

If you clearly communicate your needs, you will decrease the level of stress and also open the door for coworkers to follow suit.

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Your goals with home exercising

Your goals with home exercising

Consider what you're trying to achieve.

  • If your goal is general health and well-being, a pleasant stroll is sufficient.
  • If you want to lift heavy weigh...

Heavy kettlebells

Two heavy kettlebells are the next best thing to a bar and plates. A weight of between 20 and 24 kilograms (45 to 52 pounds) is recommended.

By using the kettlebells individually or together, you can focus on almost every muscle group by squatting, swinging, pressing, pulling, or pushing them.**

Resistance bands and a stick

Two kettlebells might not be enough resistance for movements like squats and deadlifts. Some resistance or pull-up bands can increase resistance when you do "sumo-style" squats and deadlifts by looping one band around your wide-spread feet and through the handles of the kettlebells.

Add a wooden broom handle, and you have a wide range of new exercises. With a stick and a band, you can do many pulling exercises.

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Unintended consequences

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Schedule “movement breaks” 

Set a timer once an hour to remind you to move. Get up and move your body, walk up and down the stairs, or take a brisk loop around the block.

The movement needs to be reasonably active and needs to get you out of breath. Afterward, you will feel more productive.

Find an activity you love

Most people can find an activity that they enjoy. It could be walking the dog, doing pilates, or playing in the garden.

Find the activity you like and get value from and do that.

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