Ability360 Self-Care Tips: COVID-19 Checklist for Setting a New Routine

Staying at home to work, providing children education, being unemployed, or spending excessive time alone, can present challenges for many families and individuals. One way to help cope is to set a new routine.

Some tips to get started:

Create a schedule. Find an online template or app that provides a way to list activities for every hour of the day or make one of your own. Schedule something at least every hour.

Establish times for waking up, meals and snacks, going to bed, and sleeping.

Get ready for the day, bath or shower, brush your teeth, get dressed. Don’t wear pajamas all day.

Set start and end times for things like hobbies, meditating, self-care, taking walks, bicycling, other exercise, making phone calls or video conferencing with friends or family, social media activity, reading, playing games, walking/playing with pets, music, cooking, gardening or yard work, watching TV, journaling, movie time, and other leisure activities.

Routine and schedule are especially important for children and help them feel a sense of stability, security, and structure. Set consistent start and end times for schooling or education. If possible, find out how your child’s school organizes the day and frame your schedule in a similar way. Set times for chores, crafts, snacks, music, play, and naps or relaxation.

If working from home, set hours similar to those worked on site. Create a space in your home for work activities, preferably away from distractions. If possible, make it a space you can get away from when you are not on the clock. Schedule time for meals and breaks.

Make time for breaks.

Make sure everyone gets some alone time.

Be sure to keep any essential medical or mental health appointments. Try telehealth when available and appropriate.

Schedule time to go out for necessities. Try to do this once a week or less and pick a non-peak time.

Build in time for helping neighbors and others, such as doing their yardwork or dropping off meals, baked goods, groceries, medications, or mail at the doorstep. Look for other ways to safely volunteer.

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YES AND

Yes, we can feel grateful AND Disappointed about things being cancelled
Yes, we can enjoy extra time with loved ones AND feel overwhelmed by their presence
Yes, we can be hopeful AND feel like everything is falling apart
Yes, we can be a source of support for others AND prioritize our needs, fill our own cup