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
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
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)
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
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.
5) 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:
- A warm bath
- Listen to some soothing music
- Read a book
- Download a relaxation and mindfulness app