The Value Of Routines Especially In Stressful Times
We humans are creatures of habit. We love routines. Most of the time, our routines give us a sense of safety and security. We have routines for getting up in the morning to get the kids ready for school and get off to our jobs on time. We have routines for eating and going to bed at night. We have exercise routines, house cleaning routines.
But, I think we can all agree, there is nothing like a global pandemic to throw us off kilter and feel like the whole world is upside down.
Routines are important to our mental health. This can be especially true for seniors.
It has been shown that many people who don’t have any type of established routines suffer from stress, poor sleep, poor eating, poor physical condition and they do not use time effectively. Some people consider routines to be boring. Fact is though, that routines can be fun.
There is no time like being thrown into the midst of a global pandemic to establish some new routines.
Well thought-out routines may last you well beyond this pandemic to a time when we can look back on 2020 as a year that was anything but routine.
If you are the caregiver to a parent or other loved one with cognitive impairment, you may already understand how safe and secure routines make people feel. We establish routines with our children from the time they are born. The positive ripple effect of routines, especially during stressful times, cannot be underestimates.
Here are a few of the important aspects of establishing routines.
- Even if you don’t typically thrive on a strict schedule, having a routine can be helpful in times of unpredictability, uncertainty, and stress.
- Implementing a structure to your day can give you a sense of control. It can also improve your focus, organization, and productivity.
- Having a routine is about more than just your day-to-day responsibilities and your work—don’t forget to make time for self-care.
Remember, routines can be fun and can help you negotiate the uncertainties of COVID-19 with a greater sense of calm and optimism. Have fun establishing new routines, and, please stay well and stay safe, whether you are practicing routines or not.