Our day-to-day of 9-5, commuting back and forth, five days a week has come to a standstill. And so has our routine and sense of structure. Alarms have become a thing of the past and anything we do outside the realms of our household must be done with the rule of 2 metres.
Building and sticking to a routine helps us to align goals and aspirations. And whilst we’re stuck in our homes with not a lot to keep us busy, they serve as a crucial motive for mental wellbeing. To read more about how routine benefits mental health click here.
Routine is a key tool for ensuring mental health is looked after and life feels as though it’s kept in order. Through its assistance in lowering stress, bettering sleep and eating habits, and enabling effective use of time, a sense of routine has a variety of benefits.
Having a routine during lockdown is a positive point of focus. Incorporating routine to your day could be planning out different points of the day or getting up early each morning – even if your plans are to binge-watch a TV series all day.
Either way it provides a fresh air of certainty and control during a time of high uncertainty. Through building routine, we can help organise what may feel like a chaotic time and ease the tendency to feel overwhelmed. Whether it’s in the form of a to-do list for the day, or setting reminders in your diary – routine is routine!
One thing routine is NOT is perfect. And that’s the beauty of it. Routine enables structure and controlling a small element of life. It won’t rid the madness but give you grounds to live day to day with a more calm.
The idea is to have structure to each day (when possible). Whether planned or spontaneous, each person will differ on what works for them.
Be especially gentle to yourself with what you ask of yourself during this time. If a busy routine is what will help get you by, go for it. Likewise, if your goal is to get up and out of bed, focus on that.
Experiment and find what works for you. Take each day as it comes and adapt with your needs. Whatever you do, keep one thing consistent every day. Your morning cup of coffee, your favourite TV programme, or a phone call with a loved one.
Ciao for now x