As your time in self-quarantine marches on, you may be feeling like all your days run together. If lockdown has made it difficult for you to keep track of what day it is, you aren’t alone. All around the world, people in coronavirus quarantine are reporting a distorted sense of time. During COVID-19 isolation, establishing a consistent routine is a way to create some certainty amid uncertain circumstances.
1. Be Intentional About How You Spend Your Time
For some people, shelter-in-place orders represent an opportunity to get organized, learn something new or rediscover an old favorite hobby. Ask yourself if there’s anything you would like to accomplish or experience while you’re in quarantine. For example, if you find yourself with extra downtime, you can use it to learn a new skill that will help advance your career.
2. Learn How to Work From Home
The coronavirus pandemic has presented all of us with many new challenges, not least of which is that many people who used to commute to work are now working from home. Experts suggest you shouldn’t work on your couch or from your bed, so if you don’t have a home office, you’ll need to designate a space for yourself. Consider creating a physical barrier between your working area and the rest of your home or apartment. For example, hang up a bedsheet or stack some books. If your space won’t allow that, physically packing up your laptop and putting it away at the end of each workday can help establish a mental boundary between work and leisure time, so working from home doesn’t adversely affect your work-life balance.
3. Make a To-Do List
Start every day by writing down the tasks you need to accomplish, then prioritize the list. Doing so can help you stay on track and allow you to be proactive about how you go about your day. Plus, you’ll get to experience the satisfaction of crossing things off your list each time you complete them. Just be sure to build in breaks to give yourself a chance to recharge. If you struggle with time management, consider using the Pomodoro Technique to be more productive.
We’re all familiar with the physical benefits of exercise, but working up a sweat benefits your mental health, too. If you’re feeling anxious or having trouble sleeping, adding exercise to your daily routine can naturally elevate your mood and help you relax. Making time for fitness can also create natural self-care breaks in each day, so you have something to look forward to.
5. Get a Good Night’s Sleep
As you plan your new routine, don’t overlook the importance of sleep hygiene. Go to sleep and wake up at the same time each day, even on weekends and days off. Designate your bedroom as a tech-free zone – that includes your phone. If you currently rely on the alarm on your cell phone to wake you up on time, invest in an old-fashioned alarm clock instead.
Routine and Recovery Go Hand in Hand
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