Routine will get you through this

Top tips to sticking to routine

What is your normal routine? Waking up at 6am, a workout between 6.30 & 7.30, dropping the kids off to school at 8.30 before going to work at 9?

Whatever your usual schedule, let’s look at adapting it so you can keep some level of normality now things are up in the air.

Each night, sit down and look back at what’s taken place that day. From there, create yourself a small schedule for the following day and cut them down into bite size blocks.

For example:
  • 7 - 8am: Wakeup, get dressed and enjoy breakfast
  • 8 - 9am: Workout in the house or go for a walk - you can even take the kids with you!
  • 9 - 10am: Relax with a book and a cuppa
  • 10 - 11am: Prepare your lunch - now you have time to experiment with new & healthier meals!

Keep going through each hour of the day - and if your kids are at home, work to include them in your new schedule. Such as enjoying a reading-hour with them, or getting them to join in with the cooking.

Try to keep parts of your normal routine the same, like getting up at the same time, getting dressed, cooking at similar times. Set reminders on your phone, or alarm clock to remind you. Just doing these simple steps can make you feel more productive and, as a result, may improve your mental health. Things that are of paramount importance and should always be written into your daily routine should be:

  1. Waking up at a reasonable time
  2. Getting dressed, sitting in your pyjamas all day can make you feel worse
  3. Eating three meals a day
  4. Keeping active once a day, going out into the garden, or going outside while keeping at a safe distance from others
  5. Going to bed at a reasonable time