The Importance of Routine

Many of us will have a daily routine, one that we stick to every single day. Most of us will get up to an alarm at the same time every morning, brush our teeth, get dressed and head off to work, college or university etc. For a lot of people this routine is the same every day and this can help us feel comforted, providing us with a sense of control, structure and predictability. We know where we’ll be and what we’ll be doing at every point during the day. However, when something happens to disrupt our routine, we can start to feel a little bit lost and confused.

 

For many people the recent lockdown has disrupted routines with people being furloughed, home-working or educational institutions being closed. This has been a major shock adjusting to the new guidelines and rules. Our reliance on a daily routine has led this situation to be much harder. We have all had to adapt to a new way of life and develop a new routine. For some people, adapting their routine to fit the new circumstance may have been extremely difficult. So here a few tips and tricks that can help you adapt to a new and changing environment.

 

  1. Make sure you get up and dressed on a morning. It might seem hard to get dressed when you’ve got absolutely nowhere to go. However, you’ll feel 100 times more productive in actual clothing than in your pyjamas or comfy clothes.
  2. Make a achievable list of things you want to get done that day and tick or cross them off when they’ve been completed. Set yourself a set of goals that you know you can complete during the day. This can be as small as making the bed or as big as running 10k. This means that you will accomplish something each day and will give a sense of normality, like prior to the arrival of the coronavirus.
  3. Talk to people. The most important thing is finding ways of having the same social interactions as you would at work, college or university, while being at home. This could be setting up a zoom meeting, joining in a pub quiz or just messaging friends and family once in a while. This interaction will help you have the same level of communication with people as you would in your normal life. This can also really help boost your mood and enable you to feel a little less lonely and isolated when restricted to being at home.

 

 

Kacey Jubb

Psychology Student

Part of 2020 Mentoring Scheme in Collaboration with New College Pontefract

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