Having a routine is good for our wellbeing. It creates structure in our week and gives us a sense of purpose. Routine also makes it easier to do the things that are important to us.
With schools and colleges closed, work situations changing, and physical distancing, many people are struggling with daily life feeling quite different.
We can use routine as a way to support our mental health at this time.
Sticking to what you know
Some of us might like to keep our routine as similar as possible to our usual one. This can help things to feel more familiar and stable. Get up and go to bed at the usual times, get dressed in the mornings and keep mealtimes the same.
When studying or working from home, try to recreate what your typical schedule looks like. Do schoolwork during school hours. Remember to get up every forty minutes to stretch and walk around as you would at the end of class. If you would usually hang out with your friends at lunchtime, video chat with them while you eat.
Include the things you do for fun at the usual times in your week. You might need to be a bit creative with this if it’s not possible to do things in exactly the same way. If you usually go to football training on a Tuesday evening, go outside and kick a football around at this time. Or instead of choir practice, find some karaoke tracks online. People are using Skype and Zoom for choir practice too.
If you are trying to stick to a familiar schedule, other people in your household need to be aware. Try to negotiate your space and needs with them.