Updated: Apr 25, 2020
If you are currently isolated because of the pandemic, it is essential that you create a routine. This isn’t a new normal, but a temporary new normal, so don’t panic, it will not be like this forever. Instead, focus on what you can control, which is how you spend your time. Here are some ideas for setting up routines to help optimize your health.
Start Your Day with Healthful Self-Care Habits
As part of your routine, you can add some simple self-care habits to your morning routine that are easy to do and also good for your physical and mental health. Think about what will help you get ready for the day, such as taking a shower and brushing your teeth, going through your skincare routine, and drinking a glass of water before having any caffeine.
For self-care, it might also include doing yoga or a gentle stretching routine, writing in your journal, or just sitting for a few minutes with a diffuser running and doing deep breathing exercises. This really helps you to set yourself up for a good day.
Enjoy Fresh Air and Sunshine
Even if you are on isolation or have to stay indoors most of the time, you need fresh air and vitamin D. You can get vitamin D naturally just from the sun’s UV rays. Try to get outside and soak up the sun at least a few times a day. This might be sitting on your patio or balcony, going for a short walk, walking your dogs, or sitting on a bench nearby. This might seem simple, but the activity helps you to get vitamin D, fresh air, and ground yourself at the same time.
Get Daily Body Movement
Another thing to add to your new daily routine is a little bit of feel good body movement. Remember it doesn’t have to be anything strenuous – this is not the time for advanced fitness challenges. Just try to get your body moving every day. If you have a treadmill or bike at home, by all means use it. Otherwise, you can walk, do an online workout routine, use simple equipment like dumbbells or resistance bands, or even just turn on some music and dance in your living room.
Routines Help with School Work and Other Changes
If you are currently in quarantine lockdown, then your routine will also include things like chores, more cooking and baking, or helping your kids with their school work. Make sure you choose a routine that fits in all the important things, from homeschooling with the kids and adding in recess to get them physical activity, to cooking meals, completing your chores, and fitting in fun and self-care time.