Following a schedule is a great way to create order and a sense of calmness. In the coronavirus era, having a routine is a necessity. Whether you are working from home, newly unemployed, coping with kids during school closures or still adjusting to the myriad of ways our lives have changed, finding a routine can give a sense of direction and help us find our grounding.
Our days were once driven by school calendars, work hours, the bus schedule and other markers, but now it is up to us to create our own structures. Follow these tips to create a routine that works for you and helps inject purpose, productivity, clarity and calmness into your days.
Get Proper Sleep
Your sleep schedule may have been one of the first things derailed. Without school and work schedules forcing us awake and with plenty of news to keep us up each night, you may find yourself becoming a night owl.
Getting enough sleep can help boost your immune system and your mood. Set a new bedtime for yourself and practice good “sleep hygiene” by putting away electronics an hour before your head hits the pillow. If you need a reminder, set an alarm on your phone to start getting ready for sleep.
Stick to a Work Schedule
Working from home can be a huge adjustment, but try to mimic your regular work schedule as much as possible. Start at the same time you did when working in the office, take a lunch break at the same time and call it quits at the normal hour. These patterns are already deeply embedded in your mind, and sticking to your established schedule can be easier and less stressful than trying to shift it around.
Give Kids Structure
Kids thrive on structure, so creating a flow that is similar to the one they followed at daycare or school can be helpful for staving off behavior issues and increasing harmony.
A good flow may include time set aside for play, learning, physical activities and meals. This can be challenging and may require some creative thinking if you are also working at home. If you have a spouse or other family member at home, working in separate shifts can help create a balance. If that’s not possible, you may find working easier in the morning before the kids wake up or after they go to bed. Focus on easier tasks, like responding to emails, while the kids are up and active.
Focus on Fitness and Health
You may feel lost if your previous fitness routine focused on the gym or access to a pool, but there are many ways to get exercise at home! Create time in your daily schedule to focus on fitness. Your body and mind will thank you!
Take Time to Recharge
Lastly, give yourself time each day to something that recharges you. Set aside your phone, turn off the news and instead spend a bit of time reading, pursuing a hobby, meditating, playing games with your family or doing something else you love.
Adjusting to a new schedule and way of living can be challenging, but we are committed to offering you the care you need when you need it. For your convenience, we offer same-day and walk-in appointments with our chiropractors in Vancouver WA. If you prefer to schedule an appointment in advance, give us a call at 360-573-5500.