With everything that is happening around the world currently, we are all spending the majority of our time at home. Many of us are even having to set up home offices to enable us to do our jobs effectively from home. However, unfortunately, people that work in sectors such as the leisure, catering and hospitality industries have unexpectedly got much more time on their hands than they would like.
Now is the perfect time to discuss the importance of sticking to a daily routine, even when you just feel like staying in bed or lounging on the sofa watching television all day. Bear in mind, however, having a duvet day is also absolutely fine once in a while!
The most important thing that you should be building into your everyday routine is making sure you get enough sleep. The Sleep Foundation recommends that adults get at least 7-9 hours sleep per night. However, this is just a recommendation and you should listen to your own body. If you feel like you need more hours, definitely have them – your body and mind will thank you. As well as getting the correct amount of hours, you should try and go to bed around the same time each night. This also applies to getting up in the morning. Using sleep as the underlying structure to your day will instantly make you feel more energised and have more motivation for the day ahead.
If you are currently working from home, then there’s no doubt that you will already have a long to-do list to be getting on with. If, however, you aren’t currently working, you need to be finding activities to do that will make you feel accomplished. Having a to-do list is a great idea (who doesn’t love ticking off a task?). Whether you write your list on a piece of paper, or using an online task organiser such as Trello, the fact that you are being proactive will do wonders for your wellbeing. Now is the perfect time to get those tasks done that you have been putting off. Tasks such as clearing out your wardrobe, sorting through paperwork or simply doing a full spring clean of your home.
One thing that I would highly recommend for everyone to do, even during a regular week, is to write a meal plan. Planning is key to maintaining a healthy and balanced diet. When we are unprepared we tend to reach for high-calorie, unhealthy foods and maybe even expensive takeaways. We need to be looking after ourselves now more than ever, and your diet plays a big part in this. Put together a meal plan, as well as a shopping list, and go shopping to buy just what is on your list. This will also save you money and far less food waste will occur. It is also important to make sure you are drinking at least 2 litres per day (preferably water), and exercising for at least 10 minutes – even hoovering the house counts!
Following a daily routine will help you feel more relaxed and grounded. Many people feel a sense of guilt when they have had an unproductive day, and some can even feel down. By making sure you have a nice full to-do list each morning, and that everything is ticked off by the afternoon, you will help yourself to feel more relaxed and grounded. There is nothing worse for our stress levels than having lots of tasks and thoughts whizzing around in our heads.
It is also beneficial for your wellbeing to make sure you spend some time each day doing something you love. Whether that is watching TV, reading a book, doing a crossword, meditating or just listening to music, it will help you feel a sense of completion from your day.