Many of us thrive in a routine.
It brings us comfort and stability knowing what needs to get done and what is coming next in our weekly plans.
Routines cater to our individualistic needs and we create them to specifically work for us and our households.
For those of us who like the consistency a routine provides, we may be feeling overwhelmed and all over the place with the dramatic changes lockdown has presented especially as we have no control over timelines.
Not knowing what is happening next, not being able to do the things we enjoyed most, coping mechanisms for our anxiety no longer as easily accessible as before can really take its toll on your overall wellbeing.
Its time to put yourself first and create a new routine that works for you incorporating things that make your day so much better!
Having a morning routine that sets you up for the day can have such a positive impact on your overall mental wellbeing.
Its the little things we can do daily as part of our routine that will help us get through this better.
This does not mean you ignore how you feel, or you will have days when anxiety does get the better of you and your routine will go out the window.
That is okay too.
Create a routine that is flexible and adjusts to your need.
By accepting change and establishing a new routine we can hopefully have a lot more better days that are productive and fulfilling.
Wake up, make your bed and get ready even if you don’t have an eventful day ahead.
Open up your curtains to allow natural light into your environment and open up your windows to get fresh air especially if you are unable to go out.
Have good meals and take your time preparing and enjoying it.
Stay in touch with people and check in on your loved ones. This can help with putting your mind at ease knowing everyone is okay and safe.
If you are working from home, or homeschooling you children (some exceptionally special people are doing both!) you will have a more challenging routine that needs structure that works for you.
A good sleeping routine will help you get the rest you need and allow you to calm all the negative thoughts that could otherwise overwhelm you.
Whatever your routine remember to take some time out for yourself.
Time for self care.
Do things that calm your mind whether thats reading, yoga, exercise, a bath a skincare routine to feel normal (yes we still need to look after ourselves)
Adjust according to the changes you face but maintain some sort of normalcy.
Remember we are all in this together and there is no right or wrong way to deal with the difficult challenges we are facing.
It is a worrying time and many of us are dealing with the tragic loss of a loved one with many restrictions of how we can support each other.
Reach out for help and support when you need it and remember you are not alone and you will get through this xxx
reflect. love. heal always