MY WFH REGIME: NADIA MCSHEFFREY

During these uncertain times, Luxe has been checking in at several 'home offices' across the region. This week, we catch up with our parenting columnist, Nadia McSheffrey.
MY WFH REGIME: NADIA MCSHEFFREY

I GET UP ON A MORNING FOR…

We’re a family of early birds, so wake-up time can be anywhere between 4.30am and 5.30am. My son, Bodhi, loves to sing, dance and create in the morning, so the first sounds I hear are usually joyful, childish ones coming from his bedroom. I begin the day with checking in with myself, noting my sleep from the night before and having a few moments of stillness. This can include meditation or prayer. Then I’m ready to tackle the day!

BREAKFAST IS…

My usual breakfast is banana or blueberries with Bran Flakes or toast and organic peanut butter. My husband always makes me English breakfast tea before he starts work at 7.30am and I quickly follow it by a cup of herbal tea. My favourite brand is YogiTea. I love every flavour they have. I also dish out the daily vitamins and supplements to keep our immune systems strong. I try to leave enough time between breakfast and exercise. My son and I are really enjoying Joe Wicks at the moment. He is keeping us motivated and healthy and we haven’t missed a session.

MY DESK SET-UP INCLUDES…

I have decamped to the dining room, as it is uncluttered and private (or as private as you can get when you have a six year old and a husband working from home)! On my ‘desk’ I have Neom candles, as I find scent such a powerful mood enhancer, fresh flowers from the garden and a huge 2.2 litre bottle of water I try to work through. I’ve found when I’m dehydrated, I get headaches and my memory is worse than usual! I also have lots of skulls in the dining room/office. I’ve been fascinated with taxidermy and skulls in particular, for as long as I can remember. I always have music on in the background in the house and when I’m at my desk. I love listening to instrumental soundtracks or singer/songwriters. I leave the rock and old skool hip-hop to the evenings and weekends.

LUNCHTIME BRINGS…

Lunchtime usually brings a 30 minute break when my husband stops working and plays football or catch outside with Bodhi. I use this time to prepare our lunch and then sit down for a few minutes to relax. After that, my son and I head out for a walk or bike ride. I’ve loved spending this quality time together, strolling around the fields where we live and chatting about life in general. This will definitely be something I strive to maintain when the pandemic is over.

TO BREAK AWAY FROM MY HOME OFFICE…

I have been trying to prioritise my mental health during this unprecedented time, so taking time for a quick yoga practice or some breath work always helps. My parent coaching work has moved to Zoom meetings which has been fantastic, but I also find staring at a computer incredibly draining, so to replenish my energy, I always head out into nature, even if it’s just in the garden.

WHEN 5 O’CLOCK HITS…

I haven’t been sticking to a 9-5 schedule, as I have to look after Bodhi during the day. We are working on our own educational projects because the remote learning wasn’t working for us. Bodhi has led the way and we have researched heaps of varied topics such as rock music, Manchester United, capitals of the world, black history and butterflies. Because of this, my coaching work has had to move to the evenings and I use the early mornings for admin. But when 5 o’clock hits, we try to prioritise meals around the kitchen table and we play cards or board games before we start the evening wind-down routine. We never normally get to spend this much time together, so we’re making the most of it!

I’M WATCHING…

I’m watching some amazing Netflix documentaries at the moment. We’ve also just finished watching Homeland and Ozark, which were both incredible. I love getting my teeth into a clever, dark series.

I’M READING…

I always have about five or six books on my bedside table at any one time, most of them work-related. I thought I would have more time during lockdown to catch up on my reading, but anyone with young children will know, spare time is just as fleeting as it was before! Currently, I’m half-way through “How to Survive” by John Hudson and it is fascinating. I would highly recommend it.

I’M LISTENING TO…

Lots of positive podcasts, as always. I’ve just started going out for solo walks early in the morning and I enjoy listening whilst doing my daily steps. I also listen to music with my son and our all-time favourite kids’ artists are ‘The Okee Dokee Brothers.’ We listen to them at least a few times a week and their new double album, ‘Songs for Singin’ has been on constant repeat.

3 TOP TIPS FOR STAYING AT HOME…

1. Find your flow – especially if you have children. Don’t worry what anyone else is doing. You just do you.

2. Prioritise the mental, physical and emotional health of your family – everything else comes after.

3. Breathe – if you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed by the current situation, take deep breaths. It’s one of the quickest ways to calm your body and mind.

QUOTE OF THE DAY…

“This too shall pass.”


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