Updated: May 4, 2021
Hello and best wishes to all! Whatever your current circumstances may be during this time of social isolation, it can be helpful to develop a daily routine. A routine provides security and predictability for children and adults alike.
The routine could include: some work/school/home responsibilities, community interaction utilizing technology and activities that are fun and creative. Whether you are alone or with a house full of people, routine creates structure and purpose to the day.
The following are suggestions that you may find helpful, or you can come up with your own:
Get dressed and ready for each day
Complete work, school and home duties at a set time
Make a to do list that is reasonable to complete
Pick a job you have been avoiding and get it done, then admire your work
Get some exercise
Organize an area of your home
Reach out to someone in need each day to let them know you are thinking of them
Keep communication going with others, even when you cannot be with them
Have some fun and creative time each day and choose from the following activities or come up with your own:
Read a good book
Learn a new hobby
Play a game or create your own game
Keep a journal
Make a list of things you are grateful for, add one thing everyday
Help your kids make their own newspaper for your family
Help your children make a book
Put on music you enjoy listening or dancing
Encourage your children to put on a show for the family, they decide what to do
Bake a cake or cookies
Make a list of things you love about someone in your family, decorate the list and give it to them
Take up scrapbooking (you can use a binder, folder or glue/staple pages together, children can draw and decorate the pages themselves, cut pictures out of magazines)
Learn how to cook. Or if you already know how, try making something new!
Have a fun movie night complete with popcorn or other favorite snack
Give your pets extra attention
You may not be able to start all of these at once or find interest in all of these, but I hope that these can be ideas that help you formulate your own routine!
hope you stay well and find joy in each day!