Detailed plan for the first weekend after lockdown

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As the world continues to grapple with the outbreak of COVID-19, people across the globe have gone into self-isolation. When you think about it, the whole coronavirus pandemic lockdown and its aftermath seem to have been lifted straight for poorly written Sci-Fi movie. This outbreak has forced us to change the way we lead our lives and retreated us to our shells, to fight a battle against an organism which is not even visible with naked eyes.
However, even in these times of isolation, quarantine and lockdown, it is important to take a step back and reflect on all that you have. You have a roof over your head, you are quite likely to be working from home with no hassle of commuting, you have your family members with you, you have electricity, gas to cook fresh food and a plethora of OTT platforms to keep you entertained. So, if a weekend plan is what you are looking for, we have got you covered.
We have laid out a detailed weekend planner with a host of suggestions and options to pick and choose from. We have tried our best to ensure that you don’t miss out the Saturday night partying and Sunday morning chhole bhatures as much as you do. Remember, we are in this together and we will get through this together. Till then, stay safe, stay at your home and think of it as the universe telling you to pause on your increasingly hectic lifestyle.
Your weekend planner

Remember, the key is to wake up early so that you don’t spend the entire day lazing around in bed and feeling irritable by the end of the day. Fret not, by early we don’t mean getting up at 6 and start working out. So, plan to hit the sheets latest by 11 pm (the earlier, the better) on a Friday night to ensure that you are not snoozing the alarm clock in the morning. Here comes the weekend!

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SATURDAY

8:00 AM: Wake up latest by 8 am and do some stretching before you hop out of the bed.

8:30 AM: After freshening up, drink a glass of warm water, with half a lemon and a dollop of honey for taste.

9: 00 AM: Time for some cooking. Today we are ditching the regular eggs and bread for a feel-good Saturday morning breakfast. We are making protein pancakes! If you don’t already know the recipe, a quick Google search will tell you the 5 ingredient pancake recipe which won’t take more than 15 minutes to cook. If pancakes are not your thing, you can always go for stir-fried vegetables. They are quick, easy and supremely healthy.

10:00 AM: Now that you are power-packed, it is time to put your gears and get cleaning. So, ensure that you put on your masks and gloves before you get brooming and cleaning. Declutter your study and dressing table and throw out everything that is expired or broken.

12: 00 PM: Saturdays are for self-care, even if you are a guy! So, whether it is your beard which needs a trim or your face needs a little scrubbing, it is time to whip out your face masks, body scrubs and hair masks. We suggest paying special attention to your hands, which might be bearing the brunt of doing the dishes daily. After this, take a long relaxing shower.

1 PM: You can take up this opportunity to stir something healthy, instead of the regular oily food from the office canteen. Our advice? Try okra with soya granules and fresh chapatis.

1:45 PM: When you finally sit down to relish the labour of love, it is important that you keep the gadgets aside to focus solely on your food. Sit with your family members, make this time an excuse to talk, to reflect on the day and on the recent events. It will make you feel a little more comforted and a lot more united.

2:00- 2:30 PM: Wash the dishes you have used since morning and put them aside. Trust us, even though it may seem like a bit of work right now, you will thank us tomorrow.

3:00 PM: There are a host of skill-development courses online and a lot of them are free of costs. Put a little soothing music on your PC and start digging for the course of your choice. Infact, there are plenty of courses on Google Digital Unlocked. Do not get up without enrolling for a course.

4:00 PM:If you haven’t watched Contagion yet, we suggest you microwave some popcorn and go for it. The plot of the film revolves around a related outbreak of a virus is eerily similar to what is happening right now. Alternatively, you can also grab a book from your shelf and dust it off. We are planning to read An Era of Darkness by Shashi Tharoor.

6:00 PM: Not able to hit the gym is not an excuse to stop working out! So, get up and get moving. From moving your butt to Bollywood music to an intense cardio session. The internet is flooded with working out from home videos and we are not taking a no for an answer.

7: 00 PM: Video call your parents if you are living away from them, ask them how they have been doing and inform them about how to stay safe and stay indoors. Make use of this time to talk to a friend who does not seem to be doing fine, he will appreciate it. Video call your gang and see what they are up to. You can also play a game of psyche together, trust us, it is crazy fun.

8:00 PM: It is time to let in music in your life. Ask your friends to share their best playlists and dig up old songs you used to love and make a playlist out of them. It will come handy the next time you want to concentrate on your work but cannot mind good music for the mood. Also, how long has it been since you emptied and disinfected your phone? Yes, not only your smartphone needs some space to breathe but you also need to clean it thoroughly with a disinfectant wipe.

9:00 PM: Switch on some motivational Ted Talk videos and we can guarantee you things won’t be the same. You can begin from the 10 best Ted Talks of the year and you will have a host of options to choose from.

9:30 PM: Just because you are stuck at home during a Saturday night, doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the sweets. Take 1 tablespoon coffee bean, 60 mil whiskey (optional) and 2 cups coffee ice cream or chilled milk and blend until smooth. Use whipped cream for the topping and your cold coffee is ready to enjoy!
10:00 PM: If you haven’t tried writing out your thoughts ever before, we suggest picking up and pen and paper and start writing whatever comes to your mind. Think of it as a safe space for all the thoughts that have been troubling you and you couldn’t share it with anyone else.
11:00 PM Ideally, this is time for you to hit the sheets as it will help you retain the glow on your face and wake up without wanting to kill anyone on Sunday morning.
What about Sunday?

Well, while Sunday morning does deserve a little bit of extra sleep-in time, the schedule should remain more or less the same. It will ensure that you don’t miss out on your me-time, your chores and even begin to learn something new! Happy weekend guys!

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