During this time of great uncertainty, it is likely that your typical daily routine has been quite disrupted. You may have found yourself homebound with some time on your hands after a change in working conditions, or busier than ever with greater caregiving responsibilities than before.
Whatever your personal situation may be, it is essential that you exercise a daily routine to maintain some normalcy in your life. We’ve put together our best tips on how to apply yourself during times of disruption and curate a healthy pattern of behaviour that you can stick to.
Write yourself a daily schedule
The key to creating a great routine is knowing what you can commit to doing on a daily or weekly basis. Try to make yourself a plan for each day, starting off with small wins like waking up at a reasonable time, getting dressed and eating breakfast. It’s surprising how quickly simple routines such as meal times and sleep schedules go out the window when you don’t have to leave the house.
As for your other daily tasks such as work, study and housework, put some time aside for each with associated goals. If you’re already studying online, or thinking about embarking on an online course, it’s important to set achievable weekly goals. These objectives will keep you motivated and help you feel accomplished with your day.
Keep up on your physical health
While every day in isolation might start feeling like a weekend, your eating habits don’t need to reflect that. Try and stick to your daily schedule as best as you can when it comes to mealtimes and make sure your snacks are both filling and nutritious. We can all be guilty of a trip to the fridge or the pantry out of boredom, so maybe try to hide the treats away for later to minimise distractions while you are trying to work or study.
It is also very important that you do your best to stay hydrated throughout the day. Keep a water bottle with you at all times and don’t shy away from the tea refills if you’re feeling a bit chilly. Many of us are also currently missing out on our incidental activity, which definitely impacts the daily step count. Get outside when you can for a walk or a run and you’ll find yourself feeling more fulfilled and energised than ever before.
Don’t forget your mental health!
Taking care of your mind during times of disruption is just as important as looking after your body. In your daily schedule, don’t forget to allocate yourself time for breaks to do the things you enjoy. In times of crisis, many people care too much about the wellbeing of others and tend to forget about themselves. Putting aside some time in your day for self-care will keep you productive and a lot happier in the long run.
Everyone keeps their mind healthy in different ways, particularly when you allocate yourself time to do so. Ever considered doing something constructive with your ‘me-time’? If you’re not already studying, further education is a great way to do something for yourself that will benefit you for many years to come. Not only would a course of any length keep your mind active and focused during times of stress, but could also set you up well for a push forward or change in your career.
So while your life may look a bit different at the moment, there are a number of strategies that you can put in place to regain some normalcy. Maintaining a healthy routine with daily schedules that focus on productivity and your physical and mental health will be sure to keep you in the loop with your life during these uncertain times.
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