These are unprecedented times for us all having to stay at home due to the Coronavirus pandemic. It is essential for us to have a regular new daily routine when we are spending so much time at home. A routine will certainly help if you are on your own or if there are other people in the same house/flat.
It does help enormously to have a regular routine during the week and some of the main areas which are useful to consider for yourself are:
Tips for your routine
Aim to be proactive and get up at the same time each day ensuring you have set your alarm clock and have a tea or coffee and then breakfast. This is a good start to the day and does make us feel that we are doing something useful to get going at the start of the day.
The next step is not to sit around but get showered and dressed smartly but casually. So have a relaxing warm shower and have it mindfully. Feel the warm water on your body, smell the shower gel, see the water flow and hear it and this will set you up for the rest of the day. Once showered, get dressed as if you are going to work or going to meet someone in a more casual way than you would normally.
If you have a home office, then go to the office and ensure you have a routine of what you are going to do and who you may have phone calls with or conference calls. It is great to keep in touch with colleagues and friends currently. Close the door when you go for lunch. When you finish for the day and do not be tempted to go back in to check on emails etc.
Keep fit by walking or running up and down the stairs if you have them but if not run on the spot every so often to keep the circulation going and this makes you feel good.
At Lunch Time
Have a healthy lunch and following lunch go for a walk in the fresh air as part of your daily physical exercise and enjoy the quiet, look at the sky, see the birds and become aware of them and flowers, trees and the start of grass growing.
When you do go outside ensure you keep 2 metres apart from other people and be aware of someone coming in the opposite direction.
Keep hydrated during the day by drinking plenty of water or some fluids if you are not keen on water as this helps. Don’t wait until you are thirsty to take water as this can lead to headaches and dark coloured urine (healthy urine is pale yellow). Your body needs water and it is recommended to have 6-8 glasses of water daily. Drinking water helps the immune system
When you finish for the day, then close the door to your office and do not go back until the next morning and discipline yourself not to!
Not working – here are some ideas for your day
If you are not working, some things you could be doing are writing a journal of your experiences and how you feel. You could write a poem even if you are not great at it try and you will be surprised. Doodling can also help, and this can give a story with images of your daily life. We very rarely write letters so this could be an opportunity to write a letter to a friend, neighbour or relative rather than an email.
How is your new daily routine going and what changes are you making in your daily life?