Before the pandemic, our lives are very different from what it is now. Our pace of life was faster, roles and responsibility altered, our lives organised through various routines. For instance, a morning routine could have consisted of waking up at a set time, may have included exercise or even meditation. Breakfast preparation for you and/or a family, then work/school or even childminders. An end of day routine that could include an evening meal, preparation of lunch for the following and setting out of clothes/ uniform for the following day. The pandemic brought with it change.
Setting routines is important as they help to give each day a purpose, to motivate, ground you and gives structure. Furthermore, having routines can help to reduce stress and to maintain positive anchor habits. For instance:
Routine for Stress Reduction - We are aware that the pandemic times can be stressful due to uncertainty of what to expect for the future, from concerns with the slow refill of stock on shops shelves to the security of jobs, increase in debt and loans, to when will the pandemic end and its effects.
Now stress does - Anchor habits are those good and lasting behaviours that we carry out, they support our routine, e.g. like brushing your teeth, combing your hair, taking vitamins, folding your clothes and etc...
Anchor habits and routine- Anchor habits are those good and lasting behaviours that we carry out,they support our routine, e.g. like brushing your teeth, combing your hair, taking vitamins, folding your clothes and etc...
The Pandemic may have disrupted anchor habits, for instance, you may spend more time of the day wearing pyjamas, or sleep patterns may now be out of cater.
Rebuilding a routine that works for you
You could start by setting daily routines to include times for wakeup, times to eat and when to sleep.
Include plans of when to carry out exercises, and you can plan what sports clothes you would like to wear.
Plan a relaxation time and choice of activity. Relaxation activities are individual to each person and it should be an activity that calms the inner self.
Put in a meal plan of nutritional foods: A menu can be planned for a week or fortnight.
Try to have time set aside for social interaction with family and/or friends. We now have a wide choice of communication devices that we can use, from telephone, videos or social media. Also, there are friendship apps where you can find virtual friends such as:
Bumble BFF- for finding platonic friendship.
Friender - builds your profile to match you to a friend.
Hey! Vina - for women to find female friends
Peanuts - for moms to friend other moms
6. Each day try to set goals and see how many you achieve each day.
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