The Importance Of Creating A Routine In Uncertain Times

If you are currently isolated because of the pandemic, it is essential that you create a routine. This isn’t a new normal but it is a temporary new normal. Do not be dismay as it will not be like this forever. Instead, focus on what you can control. And what you can control is how you choose to spend your time. Here are some reasons why having a routine is extremely important right now.

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Provides Structure

Routine provides a sense of structure and familiarity.  Having structure is a way of organizing your life so that it makes sense to you.  You are able to wake up with a sense of ownership and direction of your life.

One of the more convenient reasons why structure is important is not having to plan out your day in advance.  You already know what you are doing each and every day.  Once you are finished with a task, you already know what to do next.

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This structure provides direction in your life, permitting you to act instead of standing still because of a lack of direction or decision paralysis. This is the act of not doing anything because you don’t know what to do.

Start Your Day With Healthy Self-Care Habits

As part of your routine, it is important to add some self-care habits to your morning routine that are simple to do and also exceptional for your physical and mental health.

Think about what will help you get ready for the day such as:

  • Taking a shower
  • Brushing your teeth
  • Going through your skincare routine

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You may think these are simple things to do but imagine a day when you skip these things and how you feel the rest of the day. I know I do not feel as productive as I should.

Other simple self care ideas to jump start your day may include:

  • Yoga
  • Morning Stretch
  • Meditation
  • Journaling

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These really helps you to set yourself up for a good day.

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Enjoy Fresh Air and Sunshine

Even if you are in 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.

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This might be sitting on your patio or balcony, going for a short walk, walking your dogs, or sitting on a bench nearby. We have a trampoline and a playset in our backyard so the boys are able to get their daily dose of Vitamin D.

This might seem simple, but the activity helps you to get Vitamin D, fresh air, and ground yourself at the same time.

Get Daily Exercise

Another thing to add to your new daily routine is a little bit of exercise. 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.

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If you have a treadmill or bike at home, use it. I love my treadmill and try to get in at least 30 minutes of running. 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.

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And dance like no one is watching. 🙂

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.

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Make sure you choose a routine that fits in all the important things, from homeschooling with the kids and adding in recess to get the physical activity, cooking meals, completing your chores, and fitting in fun and self-care time.

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26 thoughts on “The Importance Of Creating A Routine In Uncertain Times”

  1. All great things to consider while trying to figure all of this out! My favorites are fresh air, sunshine and exercise! 🙂

  2. Love your tips, Lina! I try to start my morning with meditation and find it a very useful and powerful habit. Also, I think that ending a day with at least 30-minute breathing meditation makes a huge difference 🙂

  3. Hi Lina! Great tips! I especially am a firm believer that each day should start with self care habits – even as simple as taking a shower and brushing teeth! I also try to add exercises in my routine – at least once or twice a week. It keeps me motivated and more productive that way. 🥰 Anyway, take care and always be safe!

  4. I couldn’t agree more!! I just wrote a post about self care too. Routine has been critical for me with times to “check in” with myself and make changes as needed. Stay safe and healthy! Also love your blog name 😊

  5. Great post. I believe a family functions better if there are routines in place. As you rightfully state, the day should start with self care. I think parents could use this time to cultivate self care habits in their kids whatever the age. Exercise is often neglected because we are too busy but now that we know the importance of health, we ought to make it a daily habit. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Sunshine and fresh air have really been making a BIG difference for me as of late! While the weather this weekend is quite chilly, temperatures were warm enough during the week that I was able to spend a lot of time outside. I would head out with my laptop and work from my hammock for hours on end. It was such a mental boost.

  7. Right now my routines is what’s keeping my family sane. In these times , where you might have to adjust, it’s been helpful for me to know that I can still get things done just might be in a different arrangement. Great list and reminder to just breathe

  8. Yes! having a routine is so important. I’ve been going easy on myself during quarantine, but it’s not always the best thing to do.

  9. I agree, this is so important. I lost all routine/schedule during the 1st week of all this virus stuff. I was so thrown off. Started a routine and it made such a huge difference. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Having a routine full of positive things to do like Yoga, exercising and being in the outdoors definitely goes some way to benefit our mental and physical wellbeing, especially as it keeps our mind off all the troubles going on atm. Great read!

    Also, the Simpsons GIF of Homer sitting on a chair that’s on a treadmill cracked me up a little 😂 Lucky you’ve got a treadmill as well!

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