When so many things are changing rapidly, it’s hard to consider investing energy into a new routine. It may feel like the moment you get settled into it, things will likely change again. That’s valid; however, the reality is that nothing you’re experiencing now is similar to anything you’ve done or been through before and that can be very unsettling in the day to day.
In order to establish a new normal, knowing it could change again soon, consider starting here.
Take 15 - 20 min and ask yourself these questions:
Here is a sample morning routine:
6:30 AM - Wake up and shower
7:00 AM - Get dressed/personal grooming routine
7:30 AM - Breakfast
8:00 AM - Help children get ready for their daily school work
8:30 AM - Log into work
8:45 AM - Help child log into school
4. The next thing to consider once you have a general timeline for your day is to consider whether it’s realistic. This is perhaps the most important part of establishing a healthy new normal that supports your well-being in difficult times. We attempt to be excellent. We forget the emotional work load of responding to challenges that arise. Create a routine with lots of flexibility.
5. Consider what you need for self-care, like frequent breaks, time to move your body, time to prepare food, and time for relaxation. Build these things into your daily plan.
Having an understanding of your needs and priorities and how they will be met throughout the day can be very helpful. If you live with other people, be sure everyone is aware of the daily plan and invite them to be helpful team members. Write the plan down somewhere where everyone can see it and refer to it.
Remember, the goal of this plan is not to live perfectly within it, the goal is to have a semblance of order. There will be many opportunities that require flexibility from the plan. Grant yourself and those around you flexibility when necessary as well as extra grace and kindness. The daily plan should help orient your household in a new way that gives everyone a framework.