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News: Blog — why rou­tine and con­sis­ten­cy is key

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Routine and consistency is key
Routine and consistency is key

In this time of uncertainty, it’s so important to take control of the things you can. Having a daily routine and some consistency can really help us cope with change and reduce stress levels.

It’s nat­ur­al to feel anx­ious with all that’s going on across the world, but it’s impor­tant to remem­ber that you’re not alone, and we’re all in this together. 

We’ve come up with a few sim­ple tips about the ben­e­fits of stick­ing to a routine: 

1) Get off to a good start

Wake up alarm

As tempt­ing as it might be to have a lie in, set your alarm for your usu­al time. Get up, show­ered, dressed, and eat a good break­fast. It will help you feel fresh and feel­ing more pos­i­tive for the day ahead. 

2) Keep in touch

Keep in touch

You may not have much face-to-face con­tact with the ones you care about right now, but there are plen­ty of ways to stay in touch and keep safe, whether it’s a phone call, text mes­sage, email, video­call or let­ter. It’s impor­tant to check-in reg­u­lar­ly with peo­ple you know — friends, fam­i­ly, a teacher, or work colleague. 

3) Set yourself a daily goal (big or small)

Set yourself a goal

What­ev­er your cir­cum­stances are right now, set­ting your­self a real­is­tic goal to achieve each day, no mat­ter how big or small, can be a great way to help you feel more pos­i­tive — whether it’s exer­cise, bak­ing, house­hold chores, or help­ing some­one in your com­mu­ni­ty (if it’s safe to do so). You could take this oppor­tu­ni­ty to do the small jobs you’ve been mean­ing to do for ages, but just haven’t got­ten around to – hav­ing that sense of achieve­ment can feel so good! 

4) Manage your anxiety

Manage your anxiety

Don’t let your wor­ries build up, take some time out to think and to share your thoughts and con­cerns with the peo­ple you care about, a health pro­fes­sion­al or coun­sel­lor. Offload­ing to some­one can help to clear your mind and put things into perspective. 

If you’re strug­gling, you could also con­tact Samar­i­tans, call: 116 123 or email: jo@​samaritans.​org if you need some­one to talk to.

NHS top tips to cope with anx­i­ety.

5) Get a good night’s sleep

Get a good night's sleep

Stick­ing to a reg­u­lar bed­time and get­ting enough hours sleep each night will have huge ben­e­fits — phys­i­cal­ly and men­tal­ly. But this is some­times eas­i­er said than done. If you’re feel­ing anx­ious it can dis­rupt your sleep. Try adding one or two of the fol­low­ing activ­i­ties to your bed­time rou­tine, and it could real­ly make a difference: 

Sleep apps rec­om­mend­ed by the NHS.

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  • 20th April 2020 (9:38 AM)
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