As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic our world has changed almost entirely. Many people feel like they’ve lost control of their lives, but it’s important to remember that there are still things within your control. Creating, and sticking to, a daily routine provides the structure to help regulate your emotions and may prevent self-destructive, emotionally driven behavior. Here are some tips to help you organize your day:
- Keep the Same Sleep Habits
Staying up late to binge watch your favourite series on Netflix will make it difficult to wake up the next morning. Establish consistent sleep times to ensure you’re getting enough sleep.
- Get Dressed
Get dressed each morning to mentally prepare for the day ahead. Put on your everyday clothes to give yourself the feeling of continuity and stability. Keep pajamas exclusively for lounging and bedtime.
- Establish Mealtimes
Eat nutritious balanced meals at regular times to ensure you’re getting enough essential vitamins and minerals. Keep your blood sugar at consistent levels to prevent cravings and binge eating. Avoid excess caffeine which will only make you crash later.
- Keep Moving
Whether you’re retired or working from home, taking time to move regularly will help exert excess energy. Depending on your fitness level, this could simply include stretching or a full cardio workout.
- Keep Busy
Take the time to get things done! Occupy yourself with projects waiting on your to-do list. Completing a task is satisfying and the process helps pass the time. Boredom can lead to unhealthy behaviors such as excessive drinking or substance abuse.
- Take Care of Yourself
Self-care prevents burnout, reduces stress and recharges you. Take time to pamper yourself by having a soothing bath, applying a face mask or doing something you enjoy.
- Be Kind
Most importantly, we are in this together. Give grace to others and yourself as we experience our natural responses to ongoing events.
Start today. You have the power to make positive changes and proactively respond to this pandemic. It’s easy to implement changes when you’re feeling strong, so you can call upon these skills at times of weakness. Remember, that this too shall pass.