Wake up and eat breakfast
Journal and write
Catch up with school work and delete emails
Go for a walk
Work (extracurriculars, virtual volunteering, etc.)
Paint and sew
Eat a snack
Clean and organize
Family time (call relatives and connect with friends)
Cook and eat dinner
Read and meditate
2020 has been an unpredictable year. We started the year off with Australian wildfires, the death of Qasem Soleimani and tensions in Iran, the passing of Kobe Bryant, and now we are living through a global pandemic. Throughout all of this craziness and confusion, we must wear masks and stay in quarantine. Aside from maintaining our physical health, we must also take the time to check up on yourselves and ensure that we are mentally healthy.
One way we can maintain our self-care practice is by creating routines for ourselves. A routine can help us adjust to our new daily lives as we remain in quarantine. We practice good habits every day to serve as an anchor and help keep us consistent and grounded.
When quarantine started, I wasn’t sure what to do with myself. I ate everything in my kitchen, watched pretty much every show on Netflix, and my sleep schedule quickly went down the drain. After a week of wallowing in my pajamas and dirty sheets, I decided that I wanted to get back into a routine.
We all have a list of things we say we’re going to do but never actually do. My list is filled with things I never had the time for, or I simply made excuses for them. During quarantine, I had plenty of time and no excuses, so I wrote down some of the things I wanted to do:
So far, I have done all of these things (I am still terrible at sewing, but at least I tried), and I did them by incorporating them into my routine. It looked something like this:
My schedule will probably not look the same as yours since we all have different ways we spend our time. Within my schedule, I dedicated time to the activities that are on my bucket list. It is also essential that we eat three meals a day, drink enough water, and exercise.
Starting a routine and sticking to it can be challenging, but it is 100% doable. Having a friend create a routine with you is also helpful because you can hold each other accountable.
The 21/90 rule says that if you do something for 21 days, it will become a habit. If you continue this habit for 90 days, it will become part of your lifestyle. The first ten days are the most challenging days but consistency and dedication will help you develop good habits and stick to them.
You can read more about the 21/90 rule below.
Scheduling is also a good way I keep track of how I spend my time. My time is precious, so making a schedule and sticking to it is the best way to honor my time. I don’t want to sound like a calendar lady, but scheduling is fun, and it can be for you too! Try making your routine.
This is one of my favorite videos about quarantine: