Sticking to a Routine
By Ms. Amy Nguyen
During this time of uncertainty, having a set routine could help ground you and lessen your anxiety. Having a set time to eat breakfast, complete school work, spend time with friends, do chores, etc. are all examples of a routine.
Creating and sticking to a routine is beneficial to your health because routines can help you manage your time efficiently and take a lot of guesswork out of your day to help reduce your stress levels.
How to Start a New Routine and Stick to It
Decide what needs to be in your routine. Below are some ideas.
Writing your to-do list
Eating breakfast or dinner
Spending time with friends on Zoom
Schedule down your routine in your calendar (could be physical or digital)
Be consistent with time. If you want to get some schoolwork done, attempt it at the same time every day. This will help you maintain your motivation.
Treat yourself. Once you have created and consistently followed a routine, reward yourself with something fun. For example, after completing your chores, treat yourself to an hour of your favorite show or video game.