Maintaining Normality During the Covid-19 Pandemic
Our lives have been shaken up in a way that none of us could ever have expected, and it’s left even the most level headed among us feeling a little anxious and uncertain.
In a bid to control the virus there have been lots of measures placed that change the way we do things. Even as they begin to lift, we have to settle into life which has a new meaning of ‘normal.’ If you want to maintain normality during this strange time, here are some ways to go about it.
Stick to a routine
Sticking to a routine is important if you want to maintain normality. This involves going to bed and waking up at the same time as you would normally, sitting at a desk to do any work from home you’ve been assigned, and maintaining a routine with homeschooling your children.
You might decide that you’ll do this at a specific time each morning for example, so they know what to expect. There are lots of resources to help with homeschooling for all ages, from fun online educational games to AP Chem textbooks to apps, channels on Youtube, and much more.
Having your days mapped out and roughly sticking to doing your normal activities at normal times will definitely help to avoid the chaos and confusion that can easily come on right now.
When you’re in the house more than normal and not working or going to school, it’s tempting to keep reaching for the snacks. Many of us have a bit of a ‘holiday’ mentality around food at the moment and allowing ourselves to eat what we want as if we were on vacation or on Christmas break.
The best thing you can do is try and stick to what’s normal for you, eat your meals at the same times, and eat the same kinds of meals as you normally would. Snacking all day and then not eating meals is likely to leave you feeling bloated, sluggish, and dealing with weight gain which isn’t going to do wonders for your mental health.
Doing some form of exercise will make you feel good, help you to keep your weight in check, and keep you productive. You might not be able to hit the gym right now but you could go for long walks or bike rides, kick a ball around, or throw a frisbee at the park with members of your own household, or do some exercise from home.
You could use a skipping rope in the back garden, follow along to exercise videos on Youtube, or dust off any exercise equipment you own but haven’t used in a while.