Sure, lockdown is starting, slowly, to lift – with rules on being able to socialise indoors and getting a haircut beginning to relax. But we're still very much in a period of doing things differently. Public transport should only be used if it's essential, most places of work remain physically shut and your local gym is not set to welcome you back into its loving embrace any time soon.
In WH's series, Quarantine Diaries, your favourite fitness, nutrition and celeb names are going to share a day in their (slightly amended) lives. Here, social media influencer and entrepreneur Grace Beverley lets us into her world.
7:00am: Wake up, hydrate and caffeinate
First things first: water and coffee. The two things that make me feel human in the morning and the most important! Now, to workout and get ready for a day of Zoom meetings…
7:45am: Home workout and shower
I'm fortunate enough to have a home gym – it's a place I come to exercise but also to test the new products we're releasing from my brands. Whether that's B_ND resistance bands –(there's tons of them just hanging around) or new pieces from TALA, I'll test them when I'm working out – either doing a real time live class, sweating it out on the exercise bike or using the squat rack for strength training.
On trick to keep my gym motivation up is to always leave myself wanting more. So, I'll usually do a live class and then set a timer and do a few short circuits of lower body movements or ab exercises afterwards.
8:30am: Get dressed and do my make-up
I feel at the moment that I need to do things that make me feel a little bit more put together: so I choose my outfits and accessories with feeling super comfortable but also like there's a purpose to getting up in the morning. Today, I've gone for a Balenciaga hoodie and some shorts from my activewear/lifestyle brand, TALA.
I'm really concentrating on my hair, skin and nails right now, especially as this time feels like a good break from makeup for me. I'm using these products to keep my skin clean, hydrated and glowy whilst at home self-isolating:
- The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
- The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
- Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Complex
- REN Global Protection Day Cream
- Glossier Futuredew Oil Serum Hybrid
- BreezeBalm lip balm
I also put an Olaplex treatment in my hair and scrape it back into a professional (and restorative!) low bun and then crack on with work.
9:00am – Breakfast
Garlic mushrooms on toast – yummmmmm.
9:15am: Work starts
Whilst I was at university I founded my first company, B_ND – an exercise equipment brand, and my second company TALA – a sustainable and upcycled athleisure brand. In 2019 I launched Shreddy, a fitness app designed to help you get fit – yes, it can be done from home too, thank goodness!
My normal day consists of meetings and Zoom calls, which is exactly what I've got on today. I like to make a To Do list so I can plan my day well – I split the list into quick ticks, tasks and projects so it's not just one long terrifying list.
This helps me to separate project work and admin, because we all know how easy it is to feel accomplished by ticking off loads of admin, when really you need to be working on the big projects. I time block for projects too, so I can really get my head down!
9:30am: Zoom strategy call with Shreddy
We're really excitingly scaling both my companies, so LOTS of my time currently goes into talking about hiring and listening to my amazing teams on the back end financials etc.
11:00am: Zoom: Feedback on new TALA samples
1:00pm: Lunch and puppy love
Time for a quick lunch, featuring a hefty portion of guacamole, because, #GuacIsLife. I have a little pup who loves to sit and watch me whilst I'm making food in the kitchen, too which is very sweet and makes for good midday company! Today's lunch is a vibrant green mix of broccoli, asparagus, Tempe and avo. Delish.
2:00pm: ZOOM: Tala weekly catch up
3:00pm: Water break!
Another day, another chance to try and hit my water goals. I like to film a jug up with sliced cucumbers for extra hydration and sip away (through my metal straw, of course) as the day goes on. It's refreshing, hydrating and has a little more flavour than plain water.
4:00pm: Zoom: Interviews for e-commerce role
The best part of hiring - meeting the potential candidates! I usually conduct the last round of interviews for any role (or more if they're directly reporting to me) to make sure they're the perfect fit for the brands & my vision!
5.30pm: End of day approvals
6.30pm: Prep for B_ND restock
7:00pm: B_ND restock goes live!
7:30pm: Dog walk
Work. Is. Over. for the day, at least. Took my puppy on a dog walk to stretch his legs and get outside for some fresh air as well. Bliss.
8:30pm: Dinner and chill
After my workout, dog walk and busy day working, I fancied something warming and filling – a big bowl of pumpkin pasta, some crumble for dessert and a glass of wine was exactly that, made even better by chatting and catching up with my housemates and finished off with trashy TV. The best.
And, that's a wrap on a day in the life WFH, managing three companies, trying to keep my hair, skin and self healthy and hydrated!
What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
According to the NHS website, the primary symptoms of coronavirus are:
- A fever
- A new, consistent cough
Other coronavirus symptoms that have been reported include:
- Tiredness or fatigue
- A headache
- Shortness of breath
- A loss of smell or taste
- Muscle pain
What should you do if you have symptoms of coronavirus?
If you have symptoms of coronavirus you should use the NHS 111 Coronavirus service online. People are being urged to only call 111 if they cannot get help online.
To avoid infecting others, do not go to a GP surgery or pharmacy if you suspect you have coronavirus.
If you need urgent medical help that you cannot get online, call 111. In an life-threatening emergency call 999 for an ambulance.
Disclaimer: The information in this story is accurate as of the publication date. While we are attempting to keep our content as up-to-date as possible, the situation surrounding the coronavirus pandemic continues to develop rapidly, so it's possible that some information and recommendations may have changed since publishing. For any concerns and latest advice, visit the World Health Organisation. If you're in the UK, the National Health Service can also provide useful information and support, while US users can contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
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